Under The Wildwood Cover Released!

Coming 09/25/12
Wildwood Trilogy, Part Two
illustrated by Carson Ellis
ISBN-13: 978-0062024718
Balzer + Bray, 520 pages.

The second book in the New York Times bestselling adventure series 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 in 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.

Under Wildwood is the spellbinding second book in the Wildwood Chronicles, an epic fantasy-adventure series set in a wilderness outside Portland, Oregon. In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy demonstrates his range and storytelling prowess as he reveals new dimensions of this magical world, including a network of secret underground tunnels that weave their way beneath the city and the Wood and a grim industrial enclave run by a mysterious figure and populated by orphans.Under Wildwood will be graced with dozens of stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Carson Ellis, including full-color plates and maps, making this a beautiful object that both reads and feels like an instant classic.

I loved Wildwood, it's the kind of adventure story you want to live inside the pages of! I cannot wait to continue Prue's adventure with this book.

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