Once Upon A Spring Morn

Once Upon A Spring Morn

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by Dennis L. McKiernan

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The gallant knight Roel and his great love Celeste, princess of the Springwood, embark on a desperate odyssey across the shadowlands to save Roel's sister from the forces of darkness threatening her very soul...  See more details below


The gallant knight Roel and his great love Celeste, princess of the Springwood, embark on a desperate odyssey across the shadowlands to save Roel's sister from the forces of darkness threatening her very soul...

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Publishers Weekly
The fairy Princess Celeste of Springwood finds a lover in the chevalier Roel after he rescues her from brigands in McKiernan's entertaining fourth and final "seasonal" fantasy (after Once Upon an Autumn Eve), which takes its inspiration from the Childe Roland fairy tale. The feisty princess joins Roel on his quest to rescue his virginal sister, Avelaine, from the Lord of the Changelings before the evil ruler can defile the girl, impregnate her and steal her soul. On their travels through exotic kingdoms, Celeste and Roel must solve the Fates' riddles, outwit an Ogre, navigate past the Sirenes, best Greek mythical figures in Elysian Fields and pass through the Egyptian Underworld. Though McKiernan's characters have no depth and inconsistent sexual mores, the relentless, fantastical action will satisfy series fans. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When C leste, princess of the Faery realm of Springwood, is accosted in her own forest by assassins, a prince from the mortal world comes to her rescue. In turn, she vows to assist him on his quest to rescue his sister and two missing brothers from the wicked Lord of the Changelings a quest that takes the two young lovers to a secret world revealed only by an ancient map. McKiernan ends his seasonal fairy tale cycle (Once Upon a Winter's Night; Once Upon a Summer Day; Once Upon an Autumn Eve) with an inspired re-envisioning of two classic tales of love and adventure: "Childe Roland" and "Le Bel Inconnu." To these tales' outlines, the author adds his own distinctive wit. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Once Upon A Spring Morn 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Review after reading the first novel of the series: Before I start, let me say that McKiernan's ideas are creative, his plot albiet interesting and I am not one to write bad reviews. For this, I'll make an exception. For a start: After reading 'Summer's Day,' I felt absolutly NOTHING for the characters at all. No backstory, nothing about them, and I even read McKiernan's second novel in this series, 'Winter's Eve,' and he is very consistent in this. ALL of the characters are flat, without changing tempermant, you feel absolutly nothing for them. The plot is perdictable, to say the least... and it's obvious that near the end of each novel the author throws in plot twists that almost dont even seem to be relevant. Not only that, but the author couldnt even invent his own language and be creative, but used French unnessicarly and, almost, to a point of extreme annoyance. The novel is absolutly filled with lavish deviations from the plot, pointless descriptions of Summerwood Manor, pointless stagnant parts of the plot that go nowhere and mean absolutly nothing to the book as a whole... I found myself reading only the dialouge and kept up just fine, and it wasnt even that they went on and on about a topic, but so much was discussed that didnt even have anything to do with the story itself. I wish that McKiernan had simply handed his idea -- which IS good -- over to more capable hands, to someone who could really make the characters come alive, which he fails miserabally in every way possible. I could go on an on, and be very long winded with this, but I'll spare you any more of my rant. DONT BUY THIS BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's really hard to believe that this book was written by a grown man. It seems more like it's written by a teenager who has read one too many of her mother's silly romance novels. Character development is pretty much non-existent. Also, the French words used throughout the book are not incorporated well into the predominantly English dialogue, and are thus quite jarring. This book is alright if you're looking for a simple weekend read, but it really doesn't have any substance.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time in the Kingdom Of Springwood, Princess Celeste sits in her favorite tree thinking thoughts when a group of bandits try to kidnap her. Unwilling to be a damsel in distress, Celeste tries to fight them off and when the chevalier knight Roel enters the battle on her side, the thugs are killed. Roel is in danger of dying due to a poisoned arrow but he has excellent care and soon recovers. While he recuperates he and Celeste fall in love but he can¿t stay with her because he is on a quest. His sister was taken by the Changeling Lord and his two elder brothers went after her but never returned. Roel intends to rescue all his siblings Celeste, who doesn¿t want to depart from her love, joins him. The road they travel is hard and they must pass through different kingdoms in faery using a map recovered from the pirates to guide them. The Three Fates, at different times, assist them during their perilous journey by give her cryptic instructions and gifts that they will need if they reach the Changeling Lord¿s kingdom. Along the way various villains of faery attack them it takes all their cunning and guile as well as their perseverance and strength to continue on a quest that seems likely will kill them both. --- Dennis L. McKiernan is a wonderful worldbuilder who reminds readers of the magic that can be found in fairy tales. Celeste is an independent woman who believes she is the equal of any man and Roel is happy to have her as a partner instead of a subordinate. They battle trolls, goblins, sirens, ogres and a host of other creatures working together as a team. This is an enchanting tale that will have readers spellbound. --- Harriet Klausner