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Our oaths bind us together, the crow-woman had said. When an oath is broken there is a price. And it is always more than the oath breaker can pay.

These words have haunted Fer, the Lady of the Summerlands, since she first heard them, but Fer knows that the oath she made to her kin is worth keeping, always. She’s pledged to serve her people with honesty and without using the disguise and deception of a glamorie. Though Fer has also made a critical mistake—she’s trusted others to ...

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Our oaths bind us together, the crow-woman had said. When an oath is broken there is a price. And it is always more than the oath breaker can pay.

These words have haunted Fer, the Lady of the Summerlands, since she first heard them, but Fer knows that the oath she made to her kin is worth keeping, always. She’s pledged to serve her people with honesty and without using the disguise and deception of a glamorie. Though Fer has also made a critical mistake—she’s trusted others to fulfill the same vow, one that many are unwilling and unable to keep.

Now an oath has been broken, and the Forsworn, a renegade group of
Lords and Ladies, has unleashed the conse­quences of their betrayal onto the lands. A stillness is creeping into the realm, threatening to destroy them all,
and only Fer has the power to fight it. But she can’t do it alone. Yet when help arrives, it comes from Rook, a puck-boy whose very nature is to trick her.
Can Fer trust the unbound puck to stay true?

Sarah Prineas shines in this mesmer­izing tale about one girl’s quest to inspire change in the face of great danger and resistance.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 4–6—In this conclusion of the trilogy that began with Winterling (2012) and continued in Summerkin (2013, both HarperCollins), a poisonous curse called the stilth is oozing through the magical realms, spreading stillness and rot wherever it goes. It stems from the fact that young Fer, part-human Lady of the Summerlands, asked that all Lords and Ladies swear an oath to remove their glamories. The Forsworn have defiantly kept this masking magic, which not only makes them beautiful but also causes them to resist change and desire power. Meanwhile, Rook, Fer's tricky friend, and the Puck brothers have found a powerful and dangerous antidote to the glamorie in the form of a giant spider's web. What Rook does with this antidote causes the fragile trust between him and Fer to finally snap. After the Forsworn spirit Fer away to a remote, magical island, only Rook can rescue her-and only Rook and Fer together can save the realms, not to mention Fer's human grandmother. Fer's fierce determination to deal with the consequences of her actions meshes with Rook's realization that Fer is every bit as important to him as his brothers. This creates a tension that keeps the pages turning, even as the stilth threatens to destroy the world. Fer's refreshing humanity and Rook's exasperating but charming trickiness add humor and warmth to this fine fantasy.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
The finale to a low-key middle-grade fantasy trilogy falters under the weight of earnest moralizing. Fer is now the true Lady of the Summerlands, oath-bound to serve her people. But there are other Lords and Ladies who would rather rule than serve, and by forswearing their oaths to remove their mesmerizing "glamories," they have brought a deathly sickness to their realms. Only the half-human Fer can stop the spreading curse of the "stilth," and that will require trusting in Rook and his brother-pucks--whose very nature is to lie and betray. The magical lands are small and contained, drawn with exquisite attention to detail, which makes the creeping ruin all the more horrifying. Fer remains a likable heroine, having outgrown much of her earlier naïveté while retaining her compassion, bravery and unwavering sense of right and wrong. Rook is an appealing foil as he struggles with unexpected feelings of friendship and loyalty. Unfortunately, the remaining characters are barely sketched, with their personalities changing to serve the convenience of the plot. Too many fortuitous twists and nick-of-time rescues drain the narrative suspense, and the climactic confrontation is less inspiring triumph than wince-inducing bathos (spoiler alert: All you need is love). Still, in a genre overstuffed with grim dystopias and angst-y Chosen Ones, there's pleasure to be found in a quiet, gentle--if excessively well-meaning--adventure tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482990027
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: The Winterling Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn in rural Iowa and can usually be found writing fantasy novels on a stealthy silver MacBook Air called Dash. Prineas's Magic Thief series introduced readers to the irascible wizard Nevery and his gutterboy apprentice, Connwaer. Sarah holds a PhD in English literature and recently taught honors seminars on fantasy and science fiction literature at the University of Iowa. She has an amazing dragon action-figure collection and occasionally bakes biscuits (although she says hers never seem to turn out as tasty as Benet's do in The Magic Thief). She is also the author of Winterling, Summerkin, and Moonkind.

Sarah is married to John Prineas, a physics professor, which comes in handy when she's writing about magic. They are the parents of Maud and Theo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Awsomeness you will love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a great book full of fantasy and adventure!!!!!!!!!!
    Trust me you will love it !! :) :) :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 8, 2014

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    Honest Review: i am a fantasy lover and this didnt hold my attention.

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