The Son of Summer Stars

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A secret haunts Jan's dying father, Korr-a secret so dark that, if exposed, could bring the downfall of the Firebringer. Jan is left with its terrible burden, and an impossible choice-renounce Tek, his beloved mate, and lose forever the kingship of the unicorns, or return and face the consequences of his father's acts, and of his own.

Jan, the prince of the unicorns, uses his knowledge of fire to form a historic alliance between his people and their former enemies ...

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Overview

A secret haunts Jan's dying father, Korr-a secret so dark that, if exposed, could bring the downfall of the Firebringer. Jan is left with its terrible burden, and an impossible choice-renounce Tek, his beloved mate, and lose forever the kingship of the unicorns, or return and face the consequences of his father's acts, and of his own.

Jan, the prince of the unicorns, uses his knowledge of fire to form a historic alliance between his people and their former enemies and to return the unicorns to their ancestral homeland.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 9 Up-Jan, prince of the unicorns, returns in this thrilling conclusion to the "Firebringer" trilogy (Little) to confront the truth about his identity and lead his people back to their ancestral homeland. Jan's twin children, gifted with prophecy, show him how to render the unicorns immune to the poison of wyverns, the white serpents who drove them from the Hallow Hills four centuries ago. This is the sign Jan has awaited; it is time for the unicorns to attempt a return. But first, he must track down his mad sire, king-turned-renegade Korr, who reveals that the rightful unicorn leader should be Jan's mate, the female warrior Tek. Shocked by Korr's disclosure and its implications for his personal happiness, Jan wanders through the wilderness, discovering unlooked-for allies. Meanwhile, Tek marshals their tribe for its journey to the Hallow Hills, where a final battle takes place and all the unicorn prophecies regarding the Firebringer ultimately come true. Filled with action and drama, this is a deeply satisfying adventure that succeeds in uniting the various subplots of the trilogy's earlier installments into a smoothly connected whole. Jan, once an impetuous youngster, has matured into a wise, brave hero; Tek proves herself once again to be a fitting mate and leader in her own right. Other characters, both new and old, masterfully assist in moving the plot along. Readers of the earlier novels and fantasy addicts will be delighted with this compelling tale.-Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142500743
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/23/2003
  • Series: Firebird Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 598,956
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.01 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Prelude 3
1 Serpents 6
2 Parley 14
3 Gryphonsong 22
4 Wind 30
5 Rain 38
6 Summer 45
7 Stars 53
8 Night 65
9 Calydor 76
10 Salt 86
11 King's Mate 95
12 World's End 103
13 The Netherpath 109
14 The Dragon Queen 122
15 The King's Uncounted Daughter 130
16 Kindling 140
17 Spring 151
18 Oasis 162
19 The Scouts of Halla 176
20 Battle 184
21 Flight 195
22 Upstart 206
23 Wyrmking 213
24 Endingfire 228
25 The Son of Summer Stars 234
Aftermath 247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2005

    A REALLY exciting book!!!

    When I read this book I could not put it down! This is a book I could read again and again! The story line is complex and exciting, it keeps you on your toes! The unicorns are daring, brave, and high strung. I would recommend this book to any fantasy reader!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    An awesome and inspiring series!

    I realize that I'm a bit late in 'Getting to the book first,' but I none-the-less got to it. I'm shocked to discover that not many people own the whole trilogy and to find that it's out of print. I however to own the Trilogy and read them all in 2 days.(It would have been less, but I had school) I've always loved fantasy books, but this is the one that inspired me to write my own. This book was EXCELLENT! No need to mention how surprised I was to find out Korr's secret.WOW! It literally kept me guessing and wondering the whole time. Although the ending made me kind of upset, it was still great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    AWESOME!!

    This book was really great. When my friends saw the cover, they said, "You're reading about unicorns?" And gave me this look like i was 3. But hey, this book was really worth it. REALLY worth it. The whole trilogy was AWESOME, and i hope you can read this book along with the other books in it. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    The Son of Summer Stars: A Wonderful Book

    I read 'Birth of the Firebringer', first book of the Firebringer Trilogy, and loved it more than any other book. So I began to look for the other two books of the series. I found The Son of Summer Stars by requesting it at a library. So I read it, and wished that I could read it again. Jan, dark prince of the unicorns, leaves his people to chase down the mad king of unicorns, Korr. Lost, he sorely misses his mate, Tek. But he must put aside his needs and travel to the Hallow Hills. There he will fight with his mate and all of the unicorns, to empty the Hallow Hills of their enemies, the wyrms. My only regrets of reading this book were that I could not read it again, and that I will never be able to forget it, always longing to read Dark Moon! I rate it 10 stars!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2002

    Last But Definetly Not Least

    This book is, in my opinion, the perfect end to a perfect series. Pierce was able to make such a vivid world of mystical beings and in the same breath incorporate parts of our own. She showed how fears can be abandoned when the need is great. The only problem that someone might find with this book is the trouble in locating a copy. If you are interested and have not begun the series, I encourage you to locate a copy of 'Birth of the Firebringer'. If you already know of Jan, the troubled prince of the unicorns, I encourage you not to leave yourself hanging. Find a copy of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2001

    Greatest book I ever read!!!!

    I loved this book and the others before it!! The only down side is this book is out of print, and I'd love to own the whole Firebringer Trilogy. This book had me on the edge of my seat! I really wish the trilogy was put back in print.

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