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Midsummer Night

(Aetherial Tales #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  78 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,
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Tor Books (first published November 13th 2010)
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Jul 27, 2010 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
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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
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
May 27, 2011 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 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 have al ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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Nov 04, 2010 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.

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Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 04, 2010 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 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.
Me: I have a weakness or anything involving fairies, but if I read one more book were the fairy aspect of the book is reduced to "magic makes the male lead super hot and unknowable except for the part where he has a weakness for the MC" I will light myself on fire so help me.

This book: *shows up*

I haven't read the first book in this trilogy, but this book is totally fine as a stand-alone. At no point did I feel like I was missing a crucial slice of information. The book more of less revolves ar
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bumping to 4 stars just for the weird non sequiturs I got to yell at my husband.

I liked this way more than I thought I would. It's guilty of some of my bigger fantasy pet peeves, and yet I barely put it down once I got started. Warrington has a gift for the ensemble piece, layering characters and narratives into a compelling melodrama with few, if any, neat finishes. I haven't read the first book in the series, so I can't speak to whether this book is better or not, but this book works well as
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This was actually the second time I read this book. I guess it wasn't that memorable! I recall enjoying Elfland, the first book in the Aetherial Tales - this one felt a bit flat, especially toward the end. The beginning portion, with its atmospheric setting and mystery works, but as the story progresses and becomes merged with the faerie realms I felt like it lost its momentum and floundered around, unsure of what the author really wanted you to think of the characters.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story. I was disappointed at first that it wasn’t a continuation of the first book, Elfland, although a couple of characters are mentioned, but the story of Gill quickly captured my attention and I couldn’t get enough. I loved the twists and turns, and learning who each character was and how they were connected to others. I really enjoyed it.
W.K. Greyling
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book because the first in the series, Elfland, was so well crafted. But this was pure drudgery. It clearly suffers from sequel syndrome. Worst of all, it wrecked some of the magic of the first book for me. Warrington is a good writer. Hopefully the third in the series will be an improvement.
Melissa Shmish
Less of a fantasy novel, more of a chick-lit romance/quarter-life crisis book, in which the characters reference fantasy-type places/experiences that occur 'off-camera' so to speak.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this and read the whole series and pretty much loved them all. Loved them so much I re-read them. One of the better urban fantasy books I've read in a long, long time.
Jun 29, 2011 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 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 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 & sculpt
Jul 22, 2010 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 Brown 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
Feb 14, 2011 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 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 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
Dec 06, 2011 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
Sep 09, 2013 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
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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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