Winterling

Winterling

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by Sarah Prineas
     
 

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Jennifer—

Things here have gotten very bad.

My girl, when you opened the Way, something happened. It has been weeks since you left, and spring has still not come. The rains continue, every day. Winter has been creeping back in. The river through town is flooding, and none of the farmers have been able to put in their crops.

I am afraid that something

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Jennifer—

Things here have gotten very bad.

My girl, when you opened the Way, something happened. It has been weeks since you left, and spring has still not come. The rains continue, every day. Winter has been creeping back in. The river through town is flooding, and none of the farmers have been able to put in their crops.

I am afraid that something from that world is spilling over into ours.

You must come home at once. I need you here.

But Fer can't go home yet. Ever since she went through the Way, she's felt an attachment to this new world and its magic, and senses that it is perilously out of balance. The key to healing the land and defeating its powerful ruler lies in Fer's past and the parents she never knew. She must discover who she is and unleash her inner warrior before the worlds on both sides of the Way plunge into a never-ending winter.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Having no memory of her parents and having been raised by her Grandmother, Fer has always felt different. The forest seems to speak to her in a way that feels more real than her quiet life on the farm. One day Fer stumbles across an injured creature who looks part boy and part something else. Fer rescues the creature and unknowingly embarks on an adventure that will change her life. The boy knows Fer's true identity and the power she possesses. He invites her to come with him into the forest and through the Way, a passage that leads to his mysterious and dangerous world. Fer feels an immediate attachment to this new magical world and knows that here she will find the answers to the questions about her missing parents. But a wicked and powerful huntress named the Mor rules this land and has other ideas for Fer. Unbeknownst to Fer, the Mor murdered the true Lady of the Land who was Fer's mother. The Mor's magic is no longer strong enough to keep the land in balance and now both worlds are on the verge of descending into endless winter. Fer discovers she has her mother's power and can restore balance to the land, but needs help from the creatures of this world to defeat the wicked Mor. This is an imaginative tale of magic, adventure, and friendship. The characters are well developed and keep you cheering for good and against evil. This book is well-written and will definitely appeal to fans of fantasy. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
School Library Journal
Gr5–7—It's almost spring, and all Fer wants is to be outside. However, all her grandmother wants is for her to be anywhere but outside. Fer doesn't know why until she runs away and accidentally opens a Way in the woods, through which comes a small boy (but he's really something else) and three very scary looking wolves. Little does Fer know that her life has just changed forever, as her adventures take her into a world of perpetual winter, where something is obviously very wrong. C.S. Lewis meets Lewis Carroll in Sarah Prineas's new take (HarperCollins, 2012) on old magic and alternate worlds, with enough originality to be interesting for fans of both. While the ending is somewhat predictable, the author doesn't take the most expected route to get there, and there are some surprises along the way. Erin Moon provides the narration, giving each character an appropriate and distinct voice.—Michaela B. Schied, Indian River Middle School, Philadelphia, NY
Kirkus Reviews
An atmospheric middle-grade fantasy ties the coming of age to the turning of the year. Young Fer (short for "Jennifer") loves her strict Grand-Jane and the herbal lore she teaches, but she feels more at home in the woods and fields than in the concrete and iron cage of her school. When she rescues the shapeshifting puck Rook, Fer opens a Way into a place of wild beauty, deep magic and strange half-human denizens. The land's glamorous Lady claims friendship with Fer's lost parents and begs her allegiance, but Fer senses something deeply wrong: something that holds Rook sullen and silent, forces the people into savagery and keeps the land in the grip of relentless winter… something that is now spreading to Fer's home. Prineas calls upon Celtic (and a few Nordic) traditions to build a vivid fantasy world, steeped in pagan sensibilities, where the cycle of seasons resonates with the awakening of identity. The prose is lush and sensuous, evoking the sounds and tastes and scents of the natural world. Unusually, almost every character (except the puck-in-distress) is female, portrayed in all ages and roles--authority, hero, villain, mentor, warrior, healer, servant and goddess. Fer is herself brave and kind, but not unrealistically so; her magic is both matter-of-fact and a source of quiet joy. There's no flashy pyrotechnic wizardry to dazzle here, but the right readers will find refreshment in a tale as muted and miraculous as the return of spring. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061921056
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
249,070
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sarah Prineas lives in the midst of the corn in rural Iowa, where she wrangles dogs, cats, chickens, and goats, goes on lots of hikes, and finds time to write. She is also the author of Ash & Bramble, a retelling of Cinderella. She is married to a physics professor and has two kids. You can visit Sarah online at www.sarah-prineas.com.

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Winterling 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
lilberry More than 1 year ago
Jennifer lives with her grandmother who likes to keep her inside and teaches her about the power of herbs, but Fer has always felt more like herself when she is outside feeling the fresh air and nature calling for her. One day she can't take it anymore and she runs outside in the middle of the night, she ends up saving what she thought was a big dog but ends up being a boy around her age, this mysterious boy with yellow eyes that leaves Fer with doubts of who she is and starts to question how much her grandmother really knows about the parents she never knew. Fer is soon called into this other world and thirsty for answers she follows, once in the new world she feels like she finally belongs, but she also feels that there is something wrong with the land. While Fer try's to learn as much as possible of this land full of magic, she learns that the wrongness of the lands is affecting everyone that follows the lady of the land. And the desperation from the lady to keep Fer from asking to much questions and the lady's efforts to bring Fer to her side, push Fer into questioning everything and finding out the truth about her parents and this strange land where magic is real and oaths hold true power, even more. But is she ready to know the answers? This is a book that both adults and kids can enjoy, for the adults I feel this book brings out the little kid in you and the story is interesting and leaves the kids with a good message. Sarah Prineas creates a world that is unique, easy to imagine, read and get lost in. As I read this book it brought up that sense of curiosity that felt child like, a need to know what happens next, how Fer is going to fend against the latest threat or lie that comes her way. Honestly I don't have kids, but I feel like it would be the perfect book to share with the little ones, in my case my little cousins. I can't wait to discover what other things Sarah Prineas has written nor can I wait to see how the Winterling series will turn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down, it was so amazing. This book is great for anyone who loves adventure. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg! I really want to buy this book now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like stories for girls where the girl is strong and self sufficient.
KarenTSmith More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for middle grade readers and those ready for more than just MG. My 10 year old advanced reader son devoured this in about a day and a half. Very richly detailed, wonderful imagery, engrossing story.
Mildmay More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! I was skeptical at first but the more I read the less likely i was to put it down. The beginning might drag a little bit but it picks up pretty quick. Fer is a likeable character, and i don't particularly like female characters, so hurray. That being said my FAVORITE character forever is of course Rook. He's amazing. The book seemed a little quick paced but I understand the first books of series tend to focus on setting the stage for the story. Book two is everything i could dream for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story of fast paced adventure and friendship. After reading the book I went back and read the prequel, Thrice Sworn. It explains the events that took place the day of Fer's birth. I loved it, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It makes you fall off your seat!
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This book is a great mix of mystery, adventure, and fiction
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This book has 154 pages but it is worth it!!!!
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OMG READ IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but seriously? Last week this book was $1.99!!!!!!
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I real like it because you never no whats going to happen in it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought the book just because it was on sale. Loved it! There is a sequal now too!