Summerkin

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Sarah Prineas combines lore from a variety of cultures, a brave and resourceful young heroine, and a richly detailed magical world into a story that will delight middle-grade fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Rick Riordan.

In Summerkin, the sequel to Sarah Prineas's fantasy-adventure Winterling, Fer now the rules the magical realm as Lady of the Summerlands. Although Fer defeated Mór, the dark queen who terrorized the magical beings of the world, there are those who do not trust ...

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Overview

Sarah Prineas combines lore from a variety of cultures, a brave and resourceful young heroine, and a richly detailed magical world into a story that will delight middle-grade fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Rick Riordan.

In Summerkin, the sequel to Sarah Prineas's fantasy-adventure Winterling, Fer now the rules the magical realm as Lady of the Summerlands. Although Fer defeated Mór, the dark queen who terrorized the magical beings of the world, there are those who do not trust her. To prove herself, Fer, aided by her deep connection to the natural world and her healing arts, must enter a grueling contest. If she loses, she will be banned from the realm and all those she has come to love.

This edition features an Extras section with a character interview, a fun quiz, and a sneak peek at the third book in the series, Moonkind.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—In this sequel to Winterling (HarperCollins, 2012), Fer discovers that being the daughter of the deceased Lady of the Summerlands and vanquishing an evil usurper isn't enough to live happily ever after. Called back from the human world where she lives with her grandmother to the world beyond the Way, the girl discovers that her half-human heritage means that she must prove to the High Ones that she is worthy of being Lady of the Summerlands. She travels to the court of the High Ones with a small retinue that includes her possibly untrustworthy puck friend, Rook. There, she learns that she must compete against three other candidates for the right to be ruler. As Fer tries to win over the disdainful High Ones while remaining true to her convictions, Rook makes things worse by behaving suspiciously. Is he truly a trickster with no loyalty, as Fer's disturbingly beautiful opponent Aren insists? Deciding whom to trust becomes a life or death decision for Fer. This is a solid fantasy with enough suspense, action, magic, and warmth to keep readers happily entertained from the first page to the last. Both Rook and Fer stand out as interesting, well-drawn characters. A must for fans of the first title, the story also stands on its own and will be appreciated where high fantasy is in demand.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A middle-grade fantasy sequel strives for lyricism but has to settle for earnestness. After Fer defeated the wicked, usurping Mór, she felt connected to the Summerlands, her mother's magical domain, as Lady. Now she must confirm her claim in a series of contests or risk being barred from the enchanted realms forever. But the High Ones hold the half-human Fer in contempt, and they despise her best friend, the puck Rook, for the treacherous ways of his kind. Fer is determined to prove herself a worthy Lady; Rook, however, is equally set on demonstrating that no puck can be tamed. While this title shows flashes of the same quiet depth and lovely imagery of its predecessor (Winterling, 2012), it mostly adheres to clichéd fairy-tale formulas that promote simplistic morality. Fer becomes a less compelling heroine, displaying a naïveté that turns "compassion" and "trust" into demonstrable irresponsibility and stupidity; moreover, for all her professed acknowledgment of cultural differences between worlds, she not only stubbornly insists on the superiority of her own values, but eventually imposes them on others by force. A disappointment; but the beauty of the Summerlands and the graceful prose that captures it still bring hope for further books in the series. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061921063
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 716,739
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (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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  • Posted May 29, 2013

    I went into this book directly from the first. There were so man

    I went into this book directly from the first. There were so many things I wanted her to address in this second book, mostly the puck brothers. I was super excited when that was exactly what I got! I loved this book tremendously. My only complaint is the ending. No spoilers, I promise. However there are certain expectations the reader has with the end of the book and I felt like it just "left off". Especially between character interactions. There was no closure. However I still give this book a 5 because I enjoyed the entire ride! From what I gather there is suppose to be a third, so I will be excited to read it and hopefully some of that missing interaction will be addressed :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    terrific!

    I am tottaly getting this book!, I read Winterling, so I am guessing Summerkin will be really good to, this in my opinion is a "must read series!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Love Winterling

    Winterling's awesome. Read them both but in order. Would be confusing otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Awesome

    Greatest book on earth!!#!

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