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Winterling (Summerlands) Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This is a wonderful story about a young girl who tries to save the people from a certain doom. It's the kind of story that children will cheer for.
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