Book Reviews of On Fortune's Wheel

On Fortune's Wheel
On Fortune's Wheel
Author: Cynthia Voigt
ISBN-13: 9780689829574
ISBN-10: 0689829574
Publication Date: 10/1/1999
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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this book was amazing, it had a very uniquie plot and story line not at all predicatble, like some fantasy. about a girl who basically runs away to escape an unwanted marraige, only to find that life can be hard and fortune has a way of changing! for bad and for good.
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This book was very disapointing. The plot was interesting but a little depressing. In the end it all turned out ok though.
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Entertaining from beginning to end. Not just a cheesy romance.
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I actually read this book a very long time ago when I was 12 or 13 years old (over twenty five years ago at this point). I remember absolutely adoring it and had originally borrowed it from the library. A few years ago I acquired a copy of it to read again as an adult. Even all these years later I still enjoyed it a lot. It's a solid fantasy with excellent world-building, wonderful adventures, and some romance.

The story does move a bit slowly, but the beautiful descriptions and sincere tone to the story match this pace perfectly. As a pre-teen I loved the adventure and romance (I still do) but as an adult I appreciated other things about the story this time through. I really enjoyed how Voigt takes her characters through such a variety of life situations; Birle goes from Innkeeper's daughter, to servant, to slave, to Lady, and then to farm holder throughout a fairly short span of years. I enjoyed how all of this is spun around the theme of Fortune's Wheel.

I loved how you see these characters standing up for their true selves despite all their trials. I remember as a pre-teen being upset and angry at how Birle chooses her own path at the end of the book; but reading it as an adult I recognize now how much strength and wisdom she shows in that choice.

I was impressed at how well this fantasy story has stood the test of time. I also was intrigued by how parts of the story affected me differently now that I am an adult. This is a beautifully written story about finding one's own path in life and staying true to yourself.

Overall a beautiful story and a well done fantasy. I would recommend to those who enjoy deliberately paced fantasies set in beautiful worlds that have some romance in them. This is an excellent read for YA and older.
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I got this book for my daughter and she never read it.