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Once Upon a Summer Day

Once Upon a Summer Day

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by Dennis L. McKiernan

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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


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

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In this the second of his "restored" fairy tales (following Once Upon a Winter's Night), Dennis L. McKiernan revisits the story of Sleeping Beauty in a romantic adult fantasy that chronicles the adventures of Borel, Prince of the Winterwood, as he tries to find the golden-haired damsel who has been haunting his dreams.

As Borel prepares for the impending wedding of his brother Alain, Prince of Summerwood, to his betrothed Camille, he begins having vivid and disturbing dreams about a beautiful maiden trapped in a stone turret surrounded by daggers. The mysterious woman appears to be blindfolded and is desperately calling out to Boren for help. As Boren experiences more and more of these strange dreams, he begins to unravel the mystery of the imprisoned maiden -- named Chelle -- and sets out on a quest to find her before the next full moon. His journey leads him all over the realm of Faery and pits him against cunning witches, shape-shifting demons, bands of gnomes and trolls, and even the Fates themselves. But the outcome of his quest is forever in jeopardy because "dreams are wild, and anything can happen therein."

Fans of contemporary fantasy authors like Patricia A. McKillip, Juliet Marillier, and Cecilia Dart-Thornton -- as well as those who enjoy the classic tales of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Andrew Lang (Blue Fairy Book, Red Fairy Book, etc.) -- will undoubtedly relish this beautifully fleshed out fairy tale. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
McKiernan (Once Upon a Winter's Night) embellishes another classic fairy tale, this time Sleeping Beauty, in this enjoyably frothy fantasy. A blindfolded, golden-haired damsel in distress appears in the dreams of the dashing Prince Borel of the Winterwood and pleads for his aid. With only a moon (28 days) in which to save her ere something dire comes afoot or aswing or aslither, Borel immediately sets out on his quest across the land of Faery. Borel is soon captured by a witch and rescues a two-inch-tall sprite, Flic. After Borel and Flic escape the witch's trolls, Flic befriends a bee named Buzzer. Before they can reach the demoiselle's stone chamber in a turret surrounded by floating daggers, the prince, the sprite and the bee experience adventures both merry and monstrous. Meanwhile, Borel meets Chelle, the imprisoned and innocent young beauty, nightly in his dreams. As their love grows, the hero must cope with chastity as well as other more serious challenges. While a happy outcome is never in doubt, enough complications arise to keep the reader turning the pages.(Apr. 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When Prince Borel of the magical land of Winterwood hears a maiden's cry for assistance, he falls into a dream in which he meets the mysterious Chelle and learns of her dilemma. Convinced she needs rescue, he continues to meet her in dreams in order to discover what he must do to save her. The author of numerous Mithgar novels turns to the rich lore of fairy tales for his latest series of re-envisioned fairy tale classics. This sequel to Once Upon a Winter's Night is steeped in tradition and timelessness and should appeal to fairy tale lovers of all ages. Recommended for most libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Once Upon a Summer Day 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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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