Once Upon a Summer Day

Once Upon a Summer Day

by Dennis L. McKiernan

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Overview

The acclaimed author of the Mithgar novels, Dennis L. McKiernan enchanted fans and critics alike with the bestselling Once Upon a Winter’s Night. Now, this gifted author presents us with a delightfully new version of an age-old tale that fires the imagination and touches the heart…
 
Once upon a summer day, Prince Borel of the Winterwood falls asleep, and a beautiful, golden-haired maiden with a shadowy band across her eyes comes to him in his dreams and pleads for aid. She returns time after time, and the prince is certain that she is real and in deadly peril. Yet he knows not who she is…nor where she is imprisoned.
 
Opposed by witches and trolls and goblins and beings even more dreadful, and aided by a field sprite, Borel begins a desperate quest through the wonders and hazards of Faery, seeking a mysterious masked demoiselle guarded by perilous blades. And though time touches not this land of legend, time is running out…

“Superb…charming and magical…McKiernan escorts fantasy lovers into an enchanted place that deserves more tales.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101098066
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2006
Series: The Once Upon Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 763,316
File size: 594 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dennis L. McKiernan is a bestselling author of more than 30 works of fantasy, including the acclaimed Mithgar series. His many novels include Stolen Crown, Red Slippers: More Tales of Mithgar, and Once Upon a Dreadful Time. Never one to sit too long idle, Dennis has also written a graphic novel, The Vulgmaster, and several short stories and novelettes that have appeared in various anthologies. He lives in Arizona with his wife, Martha Lee McKiernan.

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Once Upon a Summer Day 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
arelenriel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Mckiernan's interpretations of fairy tales. This re-interpretation of Sleeping Beauty/Rapunzel is seriously good.
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This book is just like the others in the series. People fall in love something happens to one of theem, the fates give them clues and they saved their loved one in the nick of time.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
McKiernan certainly knows how to weave a magical tale! As the second book in the Faery series, "...Summers Day" was adventurous and heartfelt. This series is wonderful faery tale for adults, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be swept away into a romantic adventure!

If you like McKiernan's writing style and storylines, you might also like Cecilia Dart-Thornton "The Ill Made Mute" of the Bitterbynde series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having followed Mr. McKiernan's books for awhile now, I was not surprised to be spellbound by another of his writings. I have read all of his books now, except for his short stories, and he constantly amazes me. His world of Faery is more magical then others I have read. He truly inspires me. I love the 'Unce Upon A' series. I never wanted to set the book down. I was truly captured by the story, I wanted to know what happened as fast as possible. Borel rocks in his devotion to a maiden in a dream. I wished I was her locked in a tower, so he could rescue me. Flic, his companion, was agreat releif at stressful moments. Bringing an insight, when Borel seemed at a loss. I cannot wait to see what adventures lie ahead for the rst of Borel's family. Thanks again Dennis, for being the gifted scribe that you are!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second in the 'Once Upon A...' series of enhanced faery tales by Dennis McKiernan, of Mithgar fame. All in all, this story was a fun read. McKiernan develops his characters well, and ties this tale in well with the first 'Once Upon A...' book. The story moves at a good pace, not bogging down in my opinion, even with the requisite visit by the hero Borel, to the 3 Fates. I have read all of McKiernan's other works (save some short stories in publication), and find this compares well in quality, if not in scope, to his world of Mithgar. I look forward to the remaining books in this series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time in the world of Faery, Prince Borel Winterwood visits his brother Alain in his realm of Summerwood when he has a dream about a beautiful maiden who is in a stone turret, a blindfold hiding her weeping eyes speaking in the old language. When he wakes up he finds that the dream was a visitation from an imprisoned golden maiden, who will die thanks to the curse of the witch if he doesn¿t rescue her before the next full moon.--- In his quest to find the woman Chelle who he knew as a child, he gains two allies in Flec the sprite and Buzzer the Bee. He and his two friends help the three crones who are disguised; in return for his kindness they each give him a riddle to solve that will lead him closer to Chelle. Along the way they fight evil monsters sent out by the witch to kill them and though Borel is near where Chelle sleeps, the path to her turret is filled with danger. He knows he might be killed but does not give up trying to reach the woman he loves even though he courts her only in dreams that they both share.--- Dennis L. McKiernan always manages to enchant his readers with his fabulous fantasy novels. ONCE UPON A SUMMER DAY is his magical rendition of Sleeping Beauty only updated with more characters both good and evil including monsters, trolls, goblins, the sprites and other players. This romantic fantasy is very different because the lovers come together for the most part only in their dreams. Readers will not be disappointed with this beautiful adult fairy tale.--- Harriet Klausner