Thursday, December 29, 2011

ARC Review: Winterling by Sarah Prineas

Author: Sarah Prineas
Publication: HarperCollins (January 3, 2012)

Description: “We live here, my girl, because it is close to the Way, and echoes of its magic are felt in our world. The Way is a path leading to another place, where the people are governed by different rules. Magic runs through them and their land.”

With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong. Not when the forest is calling to her, when the rush of wind through branches feels more real than school or the quiet farms near her house. Then she saves an injured creature—he looks like a boy, but he’s really something else. He knows who Fer truly is, and invites her through the Way, a passage to a strange, dangerous land.

Fer feels an instant attachment to this realm, where magic is real and oaths forge bonds stronger than iron. But a powerful huntress named the MÓr rules here, and Fer can sense that the land is perilously out of balance. Fer must unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew and claim her true place before the worlds on both sides of the Way descend into endless winter.

Sarah Prineas captivates in this fantasy-adventure about a girl who must find within herself the power to set right a terrible evil.

My Thoughts: This was another delightful fantasy from Sarah Prineas. This one features a strong female heroine. Fer is a middle schooler being raised by her grandmother after her mother and father "had gone from this world." Fer always thought that this was a metaphor for dying. At least she thought so until she rescued a dog that turned into a boy and then followed him home through a pond into a strange, sick world where it was always winter. 

The Mor is ruling this land and wants to convince Fer to be her follower and ally. Fer gets sucked into her glamorie and at first is dazzled by her. But she soon comes to believe that the Lady is the cause of the sickness in the world. She is the one who killed her parents to usurp her mother's power as the true Lady of the land. It is somehow up to Fer to defeat the Lady and restore the land.

I loved the wonderful creatures in this one. The boy Fer rescues is a Puck who is able to turn into a dog or a horse and who is bound to the Lady by oaths to serve her. The Lady is surrounded by other wonderful creatures who are losing their grip on their human forms and reverting to their wilding forms. Fer begins by healing some of them using the skills she was taught by her grandmother. 

This was a great story about a determined heroine who feels a responsibility for the land and a responsibility for the people who live in it. I thought it was excellent. I think this one will be well-received by my middle grade fantasy lovers and I can't wait to share it with them. 

Favorite Quote:
She told her grandma about the wildings and how she cured them with spells and herbs, and after Grand-Jane had asked questions about which herbs and which spells, and approved what she'd done, Fer told about the bloody hunt that was supposed to bring the spring, and her guess that something the Lady had done was behind everything that was wrong.
I received this book for review through the Amazon Vine program. You can buy your copy here.


  1. Excellent review! I hadn't heard of this before but it sounds really good. I've enjoyed some other MG fantasy novels I've read this year (The Emerald Atlas, Breadcrumbs) so I'll have to check this out. It kind of reminds me a little bit of Narnia.

  2. Hi everyone!
    Please come check out the new WINTERLING book trailer over at the HarperChildrens channel:
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    Michelle @ Dog Ear Creative

  3. Hi everyone!
    Please come check out the new WINTERLING book trailer over at the HarperChildrens channel:
    Leave a comment or a like!
    Michelle @ Dog Ear Creative


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