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The Summer King

(The Chronicles of Faerie #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,034 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Sequel to the critically-acclaimed "The Hunter's Moon"
This second book in a series "shimmering with magic, myth, and romance" ("Booklist"), follows sixteen-year-old Laurel as she tries to understand the cause of her twin sister's mysterious death. Honor believed in Faerie, a parallel land of mischievous immortals. Laurel doesn't. That is, until the fairies come and ask he
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Amulet Books (first published June 30th 1999)
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May 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This was definitely not as good as The Hunter's Moon. The characters started out interesting, but never seemed to go anywhere. I definitely liked Gwen and Findabhair better than Laurel and Ian. While I liked hearing a little more about modern Ireland, I felt like this book spent way too much time in the real world (or in history...what was up with that?), than in Faerie. I really wanted to hear more about the sea fairies, and have more interaction with Midir and the fairies we met in the last bo ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The only reason why I read this book was because a friend of mine recommended it to me. His words were "I kept remembering you while reading this. You much read it!" And even though I don't like to read my books out of order, I decided to break that rule once more (making it twice now that I've read a series out of order) but it proved to be well worth it.

This book is amazing! Captivating, Mystical and Fantastical, this is truly a must read!!!

As you read along, you're learning about the world o
Aug 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
On page 117
I am regretting buying this book. The main character is way too naive for my liking and I think it would've worked better if the author made it in a little bit of an Alice in Wonderland style and made her 7 or 8, which is so much more believable. The romantic aspect would only have to be slightly tweaked. Why do authors purposely make their characters stupid? Laurel is in no way a realistic 16 year old.

I haven't seen (or maybe I haven't looked hard enough) one bad review on Goodreads
Lia Marcoux
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is definitely flawed. The pacing is weird; every chapter has one "main event" and ends on a cliffhanger, but almost without exception, the "main event" would make a better cliffhanger. O.R. Melling also spends a LOT of time describing visual details while skipping over important emotional revelations in a single paragraph. She also fails to inhabit the character. The main character, Laurie, formerly athletic, has spent a year in grief and seclusion doing basically nothing, but when it ...more
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elizabeth
Shelves: fantasy
An excellent follow-up to The Hunter's Moon (The Chronicles of Faerie: Book One). Melling's storytelling continues to delight with her knowledge of the Irish landscape and legends. This time she works in my most favorite Irish heroine of all time, Grace O'Malley. There are interesting plot twists along the way and, as fitting in all fairy stories, a happy ending. I quite enjoy Melling's story telling. ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book because of how it was based on Irish folktales. I don't know much about Ireland except for leprechauns so it was very interesting ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and have to say how much it took my breath away. I feel like I’ve just returned from another world myself. O.R Melling has a gift for transporting you into her imagination with such intricate details and a vivid imagination mixed with real world locations in Ireland. I’ve been to Ireland recently but started reading this series before I left. I’ve always loved stories of Faerie and Ireland is bursting with them. This one in particular has a lot of battle and war between ...more
Ashli Edwards
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is possibly my all-time favorite. This could be because it's subject is related to twins, which being a twin myself, I related to it fully. But aside from that, it is well written and devels deep into fantasy (which I love), while still being relatable. It deals in pain, loss, adventure, and love. It is a fast-paced read. And I very highly recommend it! ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-356
I read this book because I read the first one many years ago. I enjoyed this second edition to the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in faerie's or fantasy. Reading this book was an adventure worth going on.

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Shannon Aardsma
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Though not quite as active as the first book in my opinion, I still really enjoyed The Summer King. The characters were unique and interesting, and the relationship between two in particular was fun to follow. I also really loved the battle in this book, far more than the battle in the first book.
Christi Jenkins
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Cassie Burris
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute
Brittani (Game, Read, Teach)
You can find more reviews, along with this one on my blog Hope, Faith & Books

I did enjoy the book. As with The Hunter's Moon (the first book in the series), I really enjoyed the Irish language and culture and we got to learn even more about that in this book. So in this book Laurel travels back to Ireland where a year before her sister Honor died. I found it really sad that all throughout the book Laurel was shadows by her sisters death. She did everything she did for her sister. She came back t
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Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“The Summer King” is a captivating novel by O.R. Melling. Melling has written an enchanting fantasy full of mythical creatures that will have you on the edge of your seat clambering for more. The main character, Laurel Blackburn, has traveled back to Ireland in search of answers. Her twin and best friend, Honor, died mysteriously last year during their trip to Ireland. Laurel thinks there is something more sinister behind the death of her twin. So, Laurel searches in Honor’s journal to find clue ...more
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
For fairy fantasy you really can't get much better than O.R. Melling.

Laurel (a name I'll give a kid someday) and Honor (which is a pretty awesome name too) are twins, so when Honor dies on a trip to Ireland she feels a complete shell of herself old self with Honor. She fealt when her sister died. It doesn't help with all the guilt she has for being on a date with bad boy Ian that day either when she fealt like she should have been with her sister when she fell of a cliff. So a year later when s
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Let me just say that I absolutely loved the first book in this series, & part of me really enjoyed this one - but it also fell kind of short for me.

O.R. Melling is definitely an amazing writer - I love the way she writes. Her books are vivid and magical, filled with fairies and legends and mystery. Melling gives such wonderful descriptions of the landscape and culture that it instantly draws you in. Every time i read them i wish I were in Ireland...

However, I read this book expecting the ma
Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
School Library Journal says: "Gr 8 Up A story that is lyrical and mesmerizing in subject and scope. In the year since her twin sister's death, practical and pragmatic Laurel has had dreams filled with fairies, giant birds, and questions about a king. While back in Ireland at her grandparents' home for Honor's memorial service, Laurel encounters a messenger from the Fairie realm who tells her that to save Honor, she must find the Summer King to light the Midsummer Fire. Hoping to bring her sister ...more
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
A much better book than "Hunter's Moon," this feels like Melling has finally hit a stride.

Laurel is wracked with guilt over the death of her sister, Honor. But when she discovers her sister's diary, with entries concerning faeries, she begins to wonder about the true circumstances of her death. And when a type of leprechaun approaches her with a quest only she can complete, skeptical Laurel realizes she will have to believe for her sister's sake. To save Honor, she must find the imprisoned Summe
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a big improvement over the first book in the series, "the Hunter's Moon", but it still fell short of being enjoyable. The idea for the plot is good, modern teens run into some of Ireland's classic faeries from the old tales (not the Disney nonsense). The classic faeries are scary and unpredictable. Melling got the characterizations much better in this story with Laurel believable as a teen grieving for her dead twin, and Ian, the minister's son who's always been an outsider.

The problem
Oct 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july2007-2009
ahhhh... i loveeddd the 1st book, this book really tapped into fantasy. i felt transported to another world. at parts i was sort of confused at how this book connects to the 1st book. in the end of the book, the irony in how is ends is a bit overwhelming. but im not going to say anything, the phrase that best fit that situation the main character was in is appearances are decieving and keep ur friends close but enemies closer. at times i did not understand the book because there was irish and so ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
The Summer King is one of my favourite works by Melling, mostly due to prickly Laurel and sullen Ian. They are compellingly flawed characters, struggling to work out their personal demons and deal with the treachery of the dreams offered by Faerie.

I found the writing and pacing to be an improvement over The Hunter's Moon. It still had its' stilted moments and rushed transitions but the plot was more character driven rather than events. Faerie is still the impetus of the journey but not as centre
I liked this book a whole lot better than Hunter's Moon. Laurel and Ian were much more well-developed and believable as main characters, and I love the neat plot twist at the end. I also like that it feels like Laurel is actually working hard to accomplish something important. She has clear goals, and she sticks to those all the way to the end of the book. And she is no pushover. Though she is emotionally fragile, she is also strong enough to hold her own throughout the book. I felt like her and ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng-356-1-12
Laurel is in Ireland visiting her Grandparents on the anniversary of her twin sister's death. She is determined to figure out the source of the weird journal entries that appear in Honor's journal prior to her death. This search brings Laurel face to face with the realm of faeries and a mysterious promise that she can save her sister if she agrees to go on a quest to save the king of faerie. The quest is dangerous and brings Laurel many trials as she finds out the true meaning behind saving her ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but I have to say that I liked the first one quite a bit better. It seems to go into great detail about non important things and not enough when you really want it. Not to mention, I kept getting confused, thinking back, "Now when did that happen?" There's just a little too much inferring. On one occasion I was thinking that I knew what was about to happen only to learn that it had already occurred and it was much more set in stone then I had realized. However, O.R. M ...more
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love these books, and i love the way Melling writes. The books are vivid and magical, filled with fairies and legends and so well written. Every time i read them i wish I were in Ireland.

Laurel has yet to cope with the death of her twin sister, Honor. There are so many mysteries surrounding her tragic death that on the one year anniversary, Laurel travels back to Ireland in hopes of finding some answers. But what she gets is much more. When a fairy appears, offering Laurel a chance to save he
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself quite engrossed in this book, grabbing for it at nearly every spare moment, which is always a good sign. Melling, as in the previous book, keeps things interesting and fast paced. Her descriptions of the scenery, of the fairies, and of everything else is, as always, detailed and beautiful.

My only complaints are these:
The relationship between Laurel and Ian seemed to plateau, and not develop any further. I was really looking forward to the further development that didn't happen.

Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fairies
I thought the first book was alot better. In this book they weren't in fairie at all really. I was not as attached to the characters either. I did enjoy the time they spent with grace.It was entertaining and had there been more of that, I may have been been more forgiving for the lack of fairie.Also sea fairies are brout into this but you learn nothing about them. errrrrrrr, that was upsetting. maybe the 3rd book will have them in it more. I do know there was a twist i was not suspecting in the ...more
This was a vaguely tolerable read. The premise was interesting enough, but the way it was carried out in the plot was slightly weird and somewhat (for lack of a better word) distracted. It seemed harried and rushed, like the author wasn't really investing that much emotional energy into its writing. (Though I did enjoy the Gaelic the author incorporated. That was fun.) Don't get me wrong—I adore fantasy fiction and Irish folklore, and this book was rich with both—but the basic storyline and the ...more
Dayna Smith
The sequel to The Hunter's Moon and book two in the Chronicles of Faerie. On the anniversary of her twin sister's death, Laurel returns to Ireland to find answers. What happened to Honor? Was it really her fault for not being with her sister on that fateful day? Then a fairy appears and tells her it's not too late to save Honor, but to do so Laurel must rescue the missing Summer King to protect both the human world and Faerie. Laurel embarks on an adventure unlike anything she has ever thought p ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I accidentally read this book out of its natural order. In retrospect I get why some things felt weird in the book, because I’d missed out on some other plot points in the previous book. Oops! But as far as fairy books go this one was really interesting. The book is about a girl who stumbles into the land of fairies while searching for her sister. The amount of research done for the book was on par with Melissa Marr, but where Marr uses alegory for life, Melling adds layers of story and foreshad ...more
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Born in Ireland, raised and educated in Toronto, Canada along with my seven sisters and two brothers, now living back in Ireland again. I have a beautiful daughter, Findabhair, doing her M.A. in Marine Biology and a beautiful cat, Emma, who would love to eat the fish Finn (great name for a marine biologist, eh?) wants to protect. My favourite author of all time is CS Lewis. I've read everything he ...more

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