|Cover artist||Carson Ellis|
|Series||The Wildwood Chronicles|
|Publisher||Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)|
|September 25, 2012|
|Media type||Print (hardback, acid-free paper)|
|Pages||576 (hardback 1st edition)|
|Preceded by||Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book One|
|Followed by||Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book Three|
Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book Two is a 2012 children's fantasy novel by The Decemberists' singer-songwriter Colin Meloy, illustrated by his wife Carson Ellis. The 576 page novel, the sequel to Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book One , continues the tale of Prue McKeel and her adventures in the "Impassable Wilderness," a fantastical version of Portland, Oregon's Forest Park.The natural beauty and local color of the city figure prominently. Ellis contributed 80 illustrations to the novel.
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Prue McKeel, having rescued her brother from the Dowager Governess at the conclusion of the first novel, returns to her normal daily life of school and daydreaming. She finds her mind drifting back to Wildwood as she becomes increasingly bored with her studies.
Meanwhile, dark events are transpiring in the Impassable Wilderness. A long, cold winter coupled with political discord have put Wildwood's residents on edge. Assassins are lurking in the forest's shadows, their intentions and motives unknown, while a tyrannical industrialist plots to exploit the natural resources of this magical world. Curtis and Brendan the Bandit King are warned of a nefarious plot by unknown forces to kill Prue McKeel. They arrive in Portland in time to rescue Prue before she is killed by a kitsune (shapeshifting fox) named Darla, who has been masquerading as Prue's teacher. They bring Prue back to the Bandit's camp hidden deep within the forests of Wildwood in order to protect her.
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In a parallel thread, Curtis' two sisters Elsie and Rachel are left in an orphanage in Portland while their parents travel to Istanbul to pursue a lead in their son's disappearance. The orphanage is a front for a machine shop run by Joffrey Unthank, an industrialist who is determined to find his way into the Impassable Wilderness and plunder its resources. Unthank is visited by a mysterious man named Roger Swindon who promises him access to the I.W. if he can make a very complicated machine part called a Mobius Cog, which was originally crafted by the Makers. Unthank sends Elsie and Rachel and a third girl named Martha into the I.W. There they discover dozens of orphans previously exiled from the machine shop living in a cabin with an elderly blind man named Carol. Carol is the second Maker who, along with Esben, originally built the mechanical body in which the Governess brought Alexei back to life. The Governess had Carol's eyes poked out before banishing him to the Periphery Bind, a stretch of woods where those trying to enter the Woods find themselves lost forever. Time never passes there so the children have not aged. Elsie and Rachel soon discover that they can pass through the Bind. They take Carol and all of the orphans back to Portland, where they lead a revolt against Unthank. Elsie and Rachel escape but Carol and Martha are captured by Unthank along with another industrialist named Bradley Wigman and his hired goons.
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