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Midsummer Night (Aetherial Tales #2)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  386 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
A sensuous, suspenseful modern fantasy of love, betrayal, and redemption

Decades ago, in a place where the veil between our world and the world of the Aetherials—the fair folk—is too easily breached, three young people tricked their uncle by dressing as the fey. But their joke took a deadly turn when true Aetherials crossed into our world, took one of the pranksters, a
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Tor Books (first published November 13th 2010)
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Jul 27, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
When you love a book as much as I do Freda Warrington’s Elfland, there’s always a little bit of fear mixed in with the anticipation for its sequel. Finding a book that resonates with you on many levels at once is like falling under a spell. What if the second book isn’t as good; what if it breaks the spell? Now that I’ve read Midsummer Night, though, I can report that I’m still happily ensorcelled. Midsummer Night lives up to the quality of Elfland and is a terrific novel in its own right.

If El
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I had a great time with Elfland, and while I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much, it’s still a pleasant, engaging and mostly well-written novel.

Midsummer Night is a standalone fantasy loosely related to Elfland, but you could easily read this one first. It is set on an old estate along the modern-day Scottish coast, which has been troubled by meddlesome faerie folk. The story centers on three women: Gill Sharma, who comes to the estate to recover after an accident puts an end to her athletic car
May 27, 2011 Judith rated it liked it
I wanted so badly to like this book. For one thing, the cover is SO pretty. :-)
Seriously though, I love fantasy, but aside from the fact that some of the characters are otherworldly beings called "Aetherials", the whole thing read more like a soap opera. Impossibly talented and beautiful people in an impossibly beautiful setting surrounded by more worldly (and otherworldly) wealth and talent, hooking up, uncovering old secrets, facing down an amoral Villain who cares only about his own wants and
Mar 26, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Very atmospheric. Little slow to start, it takes a bit for the author to reel you in and the characters to open up. Then it quickly becomes a book that you just can't put down. In the beginning, I was almost cheering for the villian because I felt that Gill, Peta, & Juliana were just too quirky. But the faerie worlds are so amazing. Vivid descriptions that make everything feel so intensely real. Eventually the characters seem more than just their quirks and become more relatable. I would hav ...more
Nov 04, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This book pales in comparison with Elfland, though many of the issues Elfland suffered from were solved here. Despite it's 3.5 stars, it's still a worthy read.

Read my full review here:
I finished the arc of Midsummer Night by Freda Warrington set in her Elfland universe and while not a sequel, it has some references to the first book - takes place 16 years later and some minor characters reappear. This one a bit unexpectedly blew me away - I loved Elfland but had some issues with the soap aspect (brothers, sisters, marriages, love stories...) and the world building which was a bit sketchy and unconvincing.

Here no such issues - there is family drama, hidden identities and the l
Jordin (A Bottomless Book Bag)
I’m not going to lie, when I first started reading this book I couldn’t really get into it. It was probably due to a bit of anger that I wouldn’t learn any more about Rosie and Sam and the fact that I didn’t find the main character, Gil, to be very interesting.


After tragic car accident, Gillian (or Gil), a former track star and Olympic hopeful, has fled to Scotland to mope and start the healing process. In an attempt to seek solitude, Gil is thwarted by a 6-week long art workshop by the
Jul 23, 2013 Kelli rated it liked it
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Nov 04, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Elfland due to it not being quite as intense, but I still very much enjoyed it. It did have lovely writing, well-developed characters and more about Aetherials.

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Apr 14, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
I quite liked it. But I didn't get as hooked as I was with elfland. But the ending was stupid. It was as if the author was like, "what shall I do with the man she finally fell in love with, that all the readers were finally looking forward to...oh lets just have him fall off a cliff."
Soooo dumb...
Finally able to go back and finish this one! It wasn't as good as Elfland, but still very enjoyable. Excited to finish out the series.
Jun 29, 2011 Vanessa rated it liked it
Gill, former Olympic track hopeful, ends her running career after a life-changing car accident as well as a relationship with her trainer-boyfriend. Julianna, world-famous sculptor, is on the verge of bankruptcy as the result of not having sold a single work for the last fifteen years. It's at Julianna's remote British estate where their stories merge. Gill rents the little cottage on the grounds with the intent to recover in some peace and quiet. At the same time Julianna is hosting a summer ar ...more
Oct 27, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
The Aetherial Tales are awesome. What wonderful books! This book is set in the same world as Elfland (contemporary British Isles, with an Otherworld called the Spiral). It is not a direct sequel and can work as a standalone, but I'd recommend reading Elfland first just because you get a more comprehensive view of who the Aetherials are, where they come from, how they live, how the Spiral is arranged, etc.

The Aetherials are cool because the way their backstory is constructed, they could have bee
The artwork for this book was almost as amazing as the first one. Kinuko Craft does brilliant, outstanding paintings that are completely mind-blowing. The art for the second book wasn't as complex as for the first but definitely no less beautiful.
As for the story, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. I had heard that all three books in the series tie in together without having the same characters and its true but definitely a stretch. I guess they all take place in the same general universe a
Sep 18, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
At this length (400+ is my favorite, as a rule), I worried my experience with this charity book sale find would suffer since I'd not read the first title in the series, Elfland. However, I blissfully sailed through at least the 1st half of this 2nd book - backstory & in-depth character appreciation bedamned! Only one line at the very end of book 2 jolted me into realizing that Elfland exists for a reason.

Midsummer Night was a fun take on 'deep history of drama at the family manse' + art &
Jul 22, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
First, I just have to say, look at that cover! Isn't that gorgeous!! PLus, it also has meaning to the book.

Okay, now on to the review. This book was very different from the first in the series, Elfland. Elfland centers on characters that are Aetherials. You follow them into the story and they already know their powers and limits. It's very refreshing. This book centers on mostly human characters. So, as they work their way into the plot, they learn more about the world of the Aetherials. It alm
I enjoyed this mythical fiction and urban fantasy mix of a novel.

This book is about a group of mostly broken and unhappy people who end up growing closer (and stronger) than they thought possible, while they work to discover the truth about the appearance of a strange young man and later, as they battle the evil villain. The large estate where the story takes place is strangely wrapped up in and connected to the Aetherial world, the Spiral (faeryland), and the main characters journey there and b
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
It's official...I have a huge author crush on Freda Warrington!

In this second Aetherial story, siblings Adam, Corah, and Melody decide to play a prank on their susceptible uncle by dressing up as fae in the middle of the forest. Thir prank takes a turn for the worst however when REAL fae turn up; inducing a heart attack on their uncle and Adam stolen away by them. Decades an decades later, a descendant of the original siblings runs an art facility on an estate where encounters with the fae are a
Nov 07, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Reviewed for Book Chick City

Freda Warrington’s second book in her 'Aetherial Tales' is not necessarily a sequel to the first, Elfland but it does have some references. I hadn’t read Elfland, but felt I wasn’t missing out on anything by reading this book first.

After a hard time of being betrayed and an unfortunate end to her athletic career, Gil rents a house on the coast of Scotland with the idea of shielding herself away from the world. Gil cannot forever escape isolation and soon takes a walk
Feb 14, 2011 Sarabeth rated it it was amazing
The second book in Freda Warrington's Aetherial Tales did not disappoint. Her writing is hauntingly beautiful, her settings and landscapes well drawn. The mystery and power of the plot take the reader from Cairndonan Estate on the northwest coast of Scotland to the fiery volcanic wastes of Mount Khafet in the Aetherial realm of Namaan and beyond; her prose allows one to feel the salt mist of the sea and smell the sulfurous smoke of the lava just as if you were there yourself. Mysteries caught wi ...more
May 16, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book...lots of twists and turns and secrets unfolding all the time and the world created is quite unique. Characters are interesting and quite complex and multi-dimensional which is nice. I read this book as a stand alone...I did not realize it was book 2 till I was quite a ways into the book and it was not convenient to go back and read part 1 first. This book worked fine as a stand alone, IMO, but I can't say if it would have been better if I knew the background of book 1. I am ...more
Colleen Bethea
Oct 03, 2013 Colleen Bethea rated it it was amazing
While I was reading this book, my boyfriend remarked that he often saw me look up and stare into space with a faraway look in my eye. "Where are you?" he asked.

I was standing on a cliff in Scotland, overlooking the sea, surrounded by a magnificent sculpture forest of Aetherial beings, and bathed in artistry and magic. I could feel the spray of water of my face as I watched the play of light on the water.

I was transported, often, by this story.

It was one of those stories where I was torn; wanti
Sep 09, 2013 Carole-Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IMO Freda Warrington has graduated to the 'literary' fantasy stuff :)

This is SO WELL written that there's no fault to find. It's slow, measured, and full of character development that one 'feels' for each and every one of them. It is dark - personal secrets (and wishes), and personal intents, so that one feels emotionally attached to everyone of the MCs.

Lots of twists and turns; a lovely, irresponsible 'fae' in Rufus; a tortured soul in Gill; a guilt-ridden artist in Juliette; a sweet, innocent
Dec 06, 2011 Craig rated it really liked it
This isn't quite a domestic fantasy as it has more thrills and chills and is plotty, but at its heart, it is. It's Romantic in the grand sense of the word, though there's no real romance, (though there is sex). It successfully mixes interpersonal drama and high fantasy, and the author--who I met briefly a couple years ago in London--has an obvious love of nature. The female characters are strong without being stereotypically "kick-ass;" and there's a nice reversal of the damsel-in-distress trope ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
I thought this book wasn't nearly as good as the first book in the series. The characters, for the most part, were not terribly engaging. Gill and Juliana, the two characters from whose point of view the story was told, weren't all that easy to like. They were sort of depressing and that affected how much I liked the book. The part of the book where Gill got into the spiral and met Theo was a sort of turning point of the book and the story read pretty quickly from there. Adam's character was pre ...more
Simon Wood
All in all I did enjoy it. Especially to start with, with all of its slow build and hints of the wonders to come as I got to know the central characters. Also enjoyed the growing sensuality of the books bubbling promise of all the raw sex to come. Which in the end didn't happen leaving me feeling very short changed on that front.
And although, unlike Elfland - which I did not like at all - the book did eventually go full fantasy, by that time I was starting to find all the goings on a bit tireso
Tara Blumberg
Jan 09, 2014 Tara Blumberg rated it liked it
I was extremely disappointed with this book. I was completely addicted to Elfland and was ecstatic when this book came out. Well I guess I can't compare it to Elfland. They we're completely different books. I hope Freda goes back to writing the addictive characters she wrote in Elfland. These characters were not memorable at all. I read this book a while ago and I can't remember one name of any character. That's how blah this book was. I might be biased though because Elfland is one of my absolu ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Jen rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book. I wanted to like it because the concept was so interesting - but the first few chapters are exceptionally slow. That said, once I got further into the meat of the book, it picked up and started chugging merrily along. Gill is easy to identify with and is quite likable, but it was truly the mischievous, creative Peta that got my attention and pulled me into the story.

Freda has a lovely writing style that's easy to fall into, and the character dialog frequ
Aug 15, 2011 Cera rated it liked it
This was entertaining, but not as satisfying as Elfland, in part because I'm so tired of 'the ordinary people really ARE special after all' trope. It disappointed me, and made some of the struggles the characters went through seem less meaningful.

On the other hand, I thought the novel's focus on female friendship to be absolutely amazing; all the really strong relationships in the books are between two women, and IIRC the book passes the Bechdel Test with flying colours. Yes, women do spend a lo
Molly Poynter
May 10, 2011 Molly Poynter rated it really liked it
I really like this author, her books are extremely detailed and imaginative. I liked the first book, Elfland, a lot better, although many other people didn't as it had a lot of family dynamics in it. This one started out with action right away, and really wasn't hard to get into, whereas Elfland was a little. I really liked the characters, and I never saw the ending coming, so that was really neat! I definitely recommend this book; it's different from other fantasy novels, exciting , and refresh ...more
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Freda Warrington is an award-winning British author, known for her epic fantasy, vampire and supernatural novels.

“The Blood Wine books are addictive, thrilling reads that are impossible to put down and they definitely deserve more attention” –

Her earliest novels, the Blackbird series, were written and published in the 1980s. In the intervening years she has seen numerous novels of
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Aetherial Tales (3 books)
  • Elfland (Aetherial Tales, #1)
  • Grail of the Summer Stars (Aetherial Tales, #3)

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