Son of Summer Stars

Son of Summer Stars

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by Meredith Ann Pierce, Meredith A. Pierce
     
 

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Aljan son-of-Korr, Dark Moon, the Firebringer -- he is the youngest prince the unicorns have ever known, destined to conquer their enemies and lead the tribe back to their ancestral homeland. But a secret haunts Jan's father, the king -- a secret so dark that, once exposed, it could bring the downfall of the Firebringer and with it the unicorns' bright future. When,…  See more details below

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Aljan son-of-Korr, Dark Moon, the Firebringer -- he is the youngest prince the unicorns have ever known, destined to conquer their enemies and lead the tribe back to their ancestral homeland. But a secret haunts Jan's father, the king -- a secret so dark that, once exposed, it could bring the downfall of the Firebringer and with it the unicorns' bright future. When, with his dying breath, Korr reveals the truth to his son, 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 to the tribe and face the consequences of his father's acts, and of his own... The final volume in the Firebringer Trilogy brings to a close Jan's dramatic, majestic story.

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School Library Journal
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
Chris Sherman
Readers who waited four years for Pierce's third book in the Firebringer trilogy will find it was well worth the wait. They finally learn how Jan regained the unicorns' ancestral home, the truth about the red mare, and the secret that drove Korr, Jan's father, into madness; and there are surprising, untold stories that are tied up very neatly in a dramatic, satisfying conclusion. But Pierce hasn't forgotten to include the encounters with exotic creatures and the adventures that made the first two stories so readable. While Jan pursues Korr to learn the truth behind his accusations, Tek remains behind and consolidates the peace Jan forged with former enemies. Their children exhibit "farseeing" capabilities, and Jan finds himself on a quest that brings both pain and knowledge. A first-rate ending for a fine fantasy series.
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"Readers of the earlier novels and fantasy addicts will be delighted with this compelling tale."—School Library Journal 

"A first-rate ending for a fine fantasy series."—Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316707558
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Series:
Firebring Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Meredith Ann Pierce is one of America's premiere fantasy writers.  Along with her Darkangel books, the Firebringer Trilogy is among her best and most well-known work-but it has never been in paperback.  This classic saga of Jan, the warrior unicorn prince and his herd's only hope, is compelling reading for horse lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone who relishes a crackling good adventure.  Meredith Ann pierce lives in Micanopy, Florida.

Visit Meredith online at www.moonandunicorn.com.

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Son of Summer Stars 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Katara_of_the_Water_Tribe More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.