“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...more
Spring is about life and green buds and birdsong, not about hunting a living creature to a bloody death
Enjoyed it. Sarah Prineas wrote this book in such an imaginative way that.... Just WoW! Her imagination is great.
In this book we are not introduced to the world upto my expectations. As much as I remember, this book doesn't even tell us the name of the world. But still author has given enough to keep reading this book.
Rules of the World
This world has the rule of ...more
I'm having a hard time writing this review because I REALLY wanted to love this book. After all, both Ingrid Law (author of Saavy) and Kristin Cashore (author of Graceling) said lovely things that were quoted on the back cover. I'm a librarian ...more
And the fact that we always know more than Fer does is confusing; it's like one spoiler after another; we don't get to figure things out as we go along with Fer.
And I don't unders ...more
I decided to reread this book because I was participating in the ReRead-A-Thon and I also recently bought the sequels to this series. I knew vaguely what happened but not enough to feel ready to just jump into the second book. So a reread was needed.
I think I enjoyed this book more the second time I read it. I still really enjoy Fer, I really like that she is a vegetarian. It's not something that you see often in middle grade and if you see it, it can be a bit preachy ...more
[Dec 2011 update] has been preordered, from the US. November 8th in the UK? Sorry, Quercus, not a chance.
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I hadn't quite taken on board that this was a portal fantasy, rather than completely invented world like the Magic Thief books, so was very surprised when the protagonist thought about whether there'd be tofu for dinner. :) It's nice to know that Sarah Prineas can wr ...more
However, the book suffers from a lack of polish. Fer's situation with her grandmother, called Grand-Jane, is difficult and s ...more
Fer has always felt like she doesn't quite belong in this world. In the woods one night she rescues a boy, except the boy isn't exactly human. The boy invites Fer into the Way and into a dangerous fairyland. Fer feels strangely at home in this other place but senses that somet ...more
A very quick and cute read. My only problem with Winterling is that it's just too unbelievable for me. Oh no, not the magical world or the creatures inhabiting it. I found it very difficult to understand the characters who kept switching their mindset to conveniently further the plot.
For instance, in the beginning, Fer's Grandmother tells her she is in danger and that she shouldn't wonder around on her own, but wouldn't share why or from what Fer should be afraid of. Obv ...more
I do like the way that Prineas takes faerie lore and both manages to stick with it generally, but also change it enough to make it her own - like the Mór being an analog to the Morrigan, what ...more
As for the story as a whole, it reminded me a little of Narnia, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, but different in it's own way. It felt fast-paced enough. A few times I knew what Fer didn't know, but she found out soon enough for my patience level.
It is a magical story and it has good magic (healing, protection spells et ...more
As you may have guessed by now, I absolutely LOVED Winterling! =D I really, really hope she writes a sequel (or two or three, or maybe five or six) because I just have to know more! It's apparent that Sarah Prineas ...more
Winterling by Sarah Prineas is the first book in the Winterling series that follows Jennifer – or Fer – as she discovers a whole new world that is just waiting for her, and one in which she more than belongs.
The Way is the path that Fer takes into the other world, and once she gets there, it is such a unique and detailed place. The author did an amazing job of infusing character, darkness, the pervading evil and sense that something is wrong, forged into what once was a beautiful land ...more
So, I can easily see any child 5 staring this puppy. It's excellent. The was thoroughly invested in the story and the characters. My heart raced at the appropriate mom ...more
the characters did not have much definition and felt one dimensional to me. the antagonist was more like the annoying neighbor than the evil fae. fer was disappoi ...more
I had the good fortune of reading this book in manuscript form. I instantly fell in love with Fer and her adventures. Prineas creates a rich, wild world every bit as enticing as her city of Wellmet in the The Magic Thief series. Fer, in her patchwork coat, is a great heroine -- not the stereotypical plucky girl, but heroic in her own unique way. Can't wait to get more of Fer and Rook in boo ...more
Sarah Prineas conjures a world of frost and snow and magic and peril. At the core of a story that doesn't skimp on thrilling chases and dangerous secrets, we have Fer, a compelling hero readers will care about and root for. Joining Fer is a fascinating cast of allies and enemies, from grouchy Rook to snarling wolf people. Winterling captures the best elements of classic fantasy tales and puts them in a fr ...more
I loved reading all about Fer's adventures through the way as she unravelled the mystery surrounding her parents and The Lady that governs the land she discovered full of magic. The story was wonderful and I really liked how it all developed throughout the book, especially with the ending leaving enough open for the sequel.
The characters were wonderful also, I loved Fer and Grand-Jane so much, and Rook will hopefully develop more too as I think the ...more
I didn't hate it, I merely just found it dull. The beginning was slow, the middle was uneventful, and it seemed to pick up a bit a little after that but then the end was super rushed. The characters were a bit flat, and the action was not captivating. It felt like it took a long time to get through when it was only 250 pages.
At times the writing style was good, though. ...more
I can just tell this book isn't going to be for me, isn't going to astound me. Three or so chapters in and we've jumped straight into the action but I know nothing about the characters or setting which has stopped me from connecting I think. I also am not keen on the 'parent/guardian not telling the kid vital info to protect them' trope, which I can tell is going to feature in this. ...more