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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Series: Winterling
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006192105X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061921056
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deeply connected to the earth, Fer grows up learning about herbs and their healing properties from her grandmother. Grand-Jane has worked hard to protect her granddaughter, but her homey magic cannot keep Fer from accidentally opening the portal between the human and fairy worlds. Once opened, Fer tumbles into a dangerous world of alliances and treachery. With the help of a puck, whose own loyalty is deeply divided, she attempts to discover the truth about her parents’ fate and the identity of the Lady who rules the land. Out of her element, in a world with different rules than her own, Fer must rely on her wits, strong character, and knowledge of herbs to see through enchantments, discover the truth, and heal the land. Prineas writes a rich, engrossing tale that is hard to set down. She weaves ancient lore into a modern story full of danger, magic, and complex, engaging characters. Hand this to fantasy readers who enjoy a strong female character and a touch of mystery. Grades 5-8. --Suzanne Harold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A wonderful, imaginative alternate world' Kirsten Cahore, bestselling author of Graceling. 'A refreshingly new and exciting adventure' Carousel. 'I love this book! It's perfect' Nayu's Reading Corner. 'Filled with interesting and devious characters - a magical read that's great for younger readers who love adventure' Kiss. 'A great story ... builds in excitement again and again, I didn't want to put the book down it was so good' Guardian Children's website. 'An easy-to-read magical adventure story with some quirky characters and touches of humour to offset the dark fairy-tale. An enjoyable read for fans of fantasy adventure' Booktrust. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Hi there! I'm Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series published in the US by HarperCollins and in 17 other languages around the world, and the Winterling trilogy. I live in rural Iowa with my mad scientist husband, two kids, and two cats. My next book is called Ash & Bramble, and it's a YA.
Here's my website:

http://www.sarah-prineas.com

and here's my book website (with games, wallpaper, and extras!):

http://www.magicthief.com

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Customer Reviews

Although this book is targeted to middle schoolers, older teens and adults will enjoy Fer's coming of age journey too.
Deborah V
The descriptions were solid, however I thought the characters were flat, the plotting mechanical, and this obviously just wasn't the book for me.
aa-Pam
I loved the fun characters, the way magic was blended with nature, and how the story had such a wonderful fairy tale feel to it.
K. Eckert

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on December 13, 2011
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FTC Disclosure: I received an Advance Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

Winterling by Sarah Prineas

From the back of the book: With her boundless curiosity and spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn't belong. She hears the call of the wild wood, of the secrets it whispers to her. But when her grandmother reveals clues about the disappearance of her father and his mystical bond to her mother, Fer begins to unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew. Led to a reflecting pool that uncovers the Way, Fer finds an enchanting dangerous land.

In this place cloaked in wonder, where pucks transform from boys to horses, Fer feels a strange magical attachment. But with her mother gone, everything has spun out of order and evil has imprisoned the place in ice. Now it is up to Fer to face down the power Mor, who has cruelly taken over this world and it's people, and discover the legacy she carries within.

What I liked about the book: The story is very well written with fully developed characters. It's easy to like everyone but the evil Lady. Prineas has a done a good job at creating a magical world that readers will want to know more about. It's a quick read. Prineas has created a nice balance between adding enough details to keep readers engaged without adding so many complex details that struggling readers might feel compelled to give up on the story. I'm not sure if this will be a series or not. It could easily be a stand alone read (though I hope not) or the beginning of a great new series. It does have a darkish fairy nature to it without being to dark or terrifying. Prineas has truly shown great talent in the balancing of this story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eohany on February 13, 2012
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Winterling's main character is a girl named Fer (short for Jenifer) who is being raised by her paternal grandmother. Gran-Jane is fiercely overprotective and Fer feels smothered by her lack of freedom. One night Fer discovers the Way, a portal between this world and another realm. After rescuing a Puck, she's drawn into the battle of good vs. evil as the evil in the other realm is directly affecting our world. Through her journey, Fer learns who her parents were and how she came to live with Gran-Jane. She also discovers why she never felt like she belonged here and what her destiny means to her and her family. Winterling is recommended for ages 10+ and that feels about right to me. There are some dark parts, but nothing that is excessively gory or graphic. I enjoyed the book, but some parts felt choppy and not entirely fleshed out, leaving some characters not quite complete. Overall I think most younger readers will enjoy this book, and there's definitely room for a sequel or two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Mullally VINE VOICE on April 11, 2012
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This novel has a lot to recommend it, but I believe that the author trying to give both a strong male and female lead in the novel did not help with the narrative structure to allow us to really get inside the world of the book.
Rook, also referred to as Robin, or the Puck, is the first character we meet. He knows everything that is going on in the magical world on the other side of the Way, but is sworn not to tell Fer. Well, we could have got a few more clues to help us along.
Then we have willful Fer, whom he avoids and mentally sneers at throughout the novel. This, in my opinion, is not exactly the best way to create a heroine.
The evil queen who has caused perpetual winter is straight out of Narnia, as are the wolves and other odd creatures. The constant mention of the patchwork jacket and herbs got really tedious after a while.
Fer's ability to go in and out of the portal at will and the story of her parents feel as patchy as her jacket, as does the constant changing of names for her and Rook. The 'hunt' at which Fer rebels was completely predictable, and rather silly.
However, having said that, it was a fairly entertaining novel if you decided to just gallop along with it as she does on the back of Phouka the horse, Rook's special friend he sacrificed for. Phouka is quite heroic at the end, a nice surprise.
The ending for the novel is satisfying to a certain extent, and certainly leaves it wide open for a sequel. Of the two characters, Rook was the more interesting for me, but less developed than Fer. Fer as the heroine is naturally supposed to be more fleshed out. She maintains our interest most of the time, and behaves courageously if foolishly at times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PM on February 25, 2014
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I love this book and wish it was a little longer, but, it really couldn't be better. I would recommend this book to kids grades 6 and 7 because it talks a little about bloodshed so out might not be equipped for young kids.
I am in 7th grade and I like fantasy adventure and historical fiction. This book is DEFINITELY fantasy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
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Winterling reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia (not the movie tie-ins) or Faerie Wars, but in a very simplified way: a portal between worlds, children having to save the day, and an array of fantasy creatures with supernatural abilities. The storyline did not, however, have the same depth, and it's a real shame because I liked the premise.

I enjoy reading YA Fantasy, which is why I chose this book....and when I read the prologue, I thought it was a great beginning, but the first two chapters were an incredibly slow build-up that almost put me off the story completely. I refuse to review a book that I haven't read in full (all of it, every detail - not just "skimming" through), and I had an obligation to review this book, so I continued reading to the end. I'm glad I did because the story definitely improves from the third chapter onwards, but those first couple of chapters could be deal-breakers for some casual readers, especially when it comes to young readers who might get discouraged or bored.

The story was revealed by the dual POVs from Fer, the girl with ties to both sides of The Way, and Rook, a supernatural creature called a Puck, but I thought the character Puck could have been a little more developed. I'm assuming, based on the ending, that there will be a sequel (if not, the ending was too abrupt for a stand-alone, in my opinion)...in which case, I'm hoping we will learn more about the world and the creatures from the other side of The Way. For as much time as Fer was there, not much was revealed about the other world.

***possible spoiler alert***

I need the author to clarify this for me, but the ages of Fer's parents were an issue for me.
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