Author(s): Colin Meloy
Under Wildwood is the second book in the New York Times bestselling adventure series the Wildwood Chronicles from Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, the acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.
But all is not well in that world. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. And, in what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.
In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, bestselling Wildwood.
Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the depths of the Impassable Wilderness, or I. W. for short, life has been pretty dull. She has been constantly thinking of the vast forest where her friend Curtis remains as a bandit-in-training. But not all is well in that world. A thick, cold winter has spread over the wood after the Bicycle Coup. Dark groups with mysterious intentions fight for power over the wood. And in Portland a titan of industry forces orphans to work in his factories. Prue returns to the wood and discovers a new challenge. A challenge that will force her to venture under Wildwood! Under Wildwood is like the first book in the way that Prue is once again bringing peace to Wildwood, yet it introduces so many new characters, rules, groups, challenges, and a new plot, that it feels like a completely new story. Under Wildwood is the second book in the ‘Wildwood Chronicles’ and a few of the many new characters include: the Underwood Moles, Darla Thenis (a dangerous assassin), Bradley Wigman (the boss of all the titans of industry) and Elsie and Rachel (Curtis’s sisters). Under Wildwood is as rich, dark, and thrilling as the first. 9 out of 10 stars. - Darcy (9)
Praise for Under Wildwood: Droll and ornate, elegiac and romanticthe sequel to Wildwood (2011) brings readers deeper into and under the pine-scented, magical world tantalizingly close to Portland, Ore...The incomparable Ellis more than rises to the challengeher sly, wistful, abundant illustrations provide an emotional through line. --Kirkus Reviews"