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Summerkin (Winterling #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  919 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
"Down through the Way she fell, feeling the wind and the pressing darkness, the dizzy thump when she landed on the bank. She was through. The air felt softer here, the shadows deeper—and the pull of her connection to the land settled into her bones."

In the Summerlands, time moves slowly, roots grow deeply, and change is not welcomed. But change is needed.

After defeating th
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by HarperCollins
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Ahmed  Ejaz
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full stars
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
My review of the first book in the series was a bit middling - 2.5 bumped to 3 - and for the first part of this book I feared the second would be the same.

But at some point it started to click for me, and I didn't want to put the book down - so this is more a solid 3, maybe a 3.5.

The biggest plus is the characters. I had mentioned that the characters were a bit of a weakness and rather thin in the first book, but they felt more flushed out in this one - at least Fer and Rook did. And I was glad

The sequel to Winterling is not only worthy, I actually enjoyed it more! The story feels more original here, the characters develop even greater depth. I love that Fer (view spoiler) Prineas creates a wonderful sense of place with the Summerlands and the other lands Fer and Co travel to, and the new characters felt very fresh and interesting. Though I had a few quib
I love the self-loathing antihero as much as the next person, but it's refreshing sometimes to read books about characters who are good and heroic and, yes, fallible, but ultimately strong and kind. Fer is a wonderful character in that regard; she can be childish and naive (which is totally fair because she's, what, like thirteen?) and she can be stubborn and foolish, but she's ultimately driven by empathy, fairness, and a drive to be kind to everyone.

Summerkin is a good book. It's better than W
Brandy Painter
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Last year I completely fell for a surly, mischievous, puck named Rook and a strong, kind-hearted, girl named Fer when I read Winterling by Sarah Prineas (my thoughts). When my copy of Summerkin, the sequel, arrived it was no surprise that I lost interest in everything else in my TBR pile and had to read it right away. I am happy to say that I adored it and am more in love with the characters than ever.

Fer, who defeated the evil usurper wh
Leah Thomas
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fer. Actually Lady Fer, ever since she defeated the Mór, the powerful, corrupt ruler of the lands on the other side of the Way. For the longest time, Fer felt like she didn't belong in the normal, human world. All her life she was lonely, that is, ever since she came to the Summerlands. The land lies across the human world, through a series of portals, and now, Fer has been crowned the Queen of the ever-changing land.

One fine day, Fer's assistant and best friend, Rook, delivers a letter to Fer.
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I might've enjoyed it more if I'd read the first one first. But I didn't know it was a sequel when I started to read.
It was rather boring at the start (most likely because i couldn't understand stuff they would've mentioned in the first book), but I made myself finish it, hoping it would get better. And did it? Certainly. I enjoyed the last half. And so you might ask why I have it only 3 stars? Well, 3 and a half, actually. I did enjoy it, yes, but I have enjoyed books a lot better before, so I
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mia Israelsen Blackwelder
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a good, fun read. It was really original. I loved all the characters, twists, and turns. Fer really grew on me in this second book- I grew to like her. In book one she kind of drove me nuts but this book I loved how much she grew as a character. It was great. If you're a fan of books like Narnia or wildwood this is one you'd like too.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, tweens
My nine year old son got the series as a birthday present and he enjoyed them, as did I.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second in the Winterling series. The series will continue in Moonkind which is scheduled for a Jan 2014 release date. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one, it was a wonderful middle grade fantasy involving fey. I would definitely recommend reading Winterling before reading this book.

In the last book Fer defeated the evil Mor making her the Lady of the Summerlands. Now Fer is back in the human lands and longs to return to the Summerlands. When she returns her people
I've been waiting for this sequel to Winterling in a quiet, happy way--not the rabid GIVE IT TO ME NOW that I hear from many people regarding books in a series. So, I don't feel completely saddened that this didn't live up to what I wanted it to be, but it's still a bit hard to swallow.

I had been hoping for a more thorough exploration of Fer (short for Jennifer)'s past, her new role as Lady (ruler) of the Summerlands, and more character development of her friends. Instead, we are treated to a so
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fer is restless back home with Grand-Jane. She can't forget the Way she crossed or the people she saved or the land that is so much more to her than the place where she's grown up. With Grand-Jane's reluctant blessing, she heads back to take her place as the Lady of the Summerlands. Only to find the High Lords have issued her a challenge, contesting her right to rule, and have opened a competition with the prize as her beloved Summerlands. She can't refuse---but she's nothing like them, nor does ...more
I really, really love this series. It's got the characters of a children's novel (young, not involved in romance, and preferring adventure over teenage wangsting) and the worldbuilding of an accomplished YA fantasy. The world is enchanting, the creatures are wonderful. (The pucks. THE PUCKS. Shapeshifting men who have a pack-of-wolves mentality, and are direct decedents of Loki - or if they aren't, they should be seeing as their entire reason for existing is causing Mischief.) And the characters ...more
Fer goes and takes part in the Triwizard Tournament to prove that she's indeed the Faerie Queene, meets several contestants from different parts of fairyland who might use trickery to get their own way. Rook reconnects with his puck brothers and is on a quest of his own. Will Fer come out on top, will Rook have to decide between being a puck and the friendship he so clearly feels uncomfortable with?

Fer's grandmother still wants to get rid of her or at least doesn't kick up much of a fuss when F
Christina D.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 8 and up
There is more beautiful imagery and adventure in this 2nd story of the Winterling series.

The land here had once been wild, and not even that long ago. Just over a hundred years before, it had been prairies full of wildflowers and grasses and buzzing insects, with patches of oak woodlands, and streams winding their way to the river. Lightning-lit wildfires would race through the dry prairie, leaving it blackened, and in the spring new green would sprout up.

We spend time with some characters from
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great sequel to Winterling. We meet Fer as she is finishing spending her last days with Grand-Jane and as she accepts the role of being the Lady of the Summerlands. But there is unexpected resistance to her presence when she goes back, and the story takes us through to new places and adventures that culminate in Fer realizing what it truly means to be the Lady of the Summerlands.

I loved the juxtapositions between the wild lands and the strict ideas of "rule". And while the story is v
I loved this. While there were a couple things in Winterling that got in the way of my absolute adoration of the story, there was nothing like that for me here. I love Fer's determination, and her sense of what's right and what's wrong (even if that means helping her enemies), and her devotion to her people. And I especially love her insistence on calling Rook her best friend and standing up for him, even when he continuously pushes her away and seems to only just barely be beginning to realize ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since learning that her mother was the Lady of the Summerlands, Fer has discovered that she feels "right" when she is in Faerie, and not so right at her grandmother's house in the human world. She feels a bone-deep connection to every being in the Summerlands, and she knows that she is truly home where she belongs. The magical creatures and ancient beings that surround her know that they should take an oath for her, swear fealty to their Lady, but Fer doesn't feel right about this. She doesn't w ...more
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! =D
I am in love with this series! It's fantastic! I love the characters, the plot is exciting, the world is fascinating; all in all I love everything about it.

The more I read the more faerie folklore I see. Prineas has woven traditional faerie folklore throughout the series, but it's so unique that unless you were familiar with the folklore you'd probably never realize it was a part of the story. It was unique and fascinating, and it really brought her world to life.

There's a possible romance as we
From an Interview with Sarah Prineas on the blog "The Enchanted Inkpott"

There are two big plot/character arcs in SUMMERKIN. One is that Fer has to prove herself as the true Lady of her land, which involves some rigorous testing and some revolutionary moves on her part. The other big arc is that of Fer and Rook's friendship. (view spoiler)
Kathryn Mueller
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fer (short for Jennifer in the human world and Gwyneffar in the faerie world) has defeated the evil Mor and is the accepted Lady of the Summerlands. Or is she? She receives a note from the “Old Ones” who demand her presence in their stronghold in order to compete in a competition which will determine who will rule over the Summerlands. One small hitch—Fer has a problem with “ruling” in the traditional way, with the land's inhabitants all swearing oaths of fealty to the Lady of the land. “It’s wr ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, this was still good - but it actually got a little too cliché and cheesy for me at times. I know, I know, I love cliché and cheesy normally. But this was like...too much. It was...boring. That what it was. Not all the time, of course - but still, it was there. Does this mean anything? Not really. I'll still read the next one, and I'd still read this one again. But it won't be my favorite.
I officially love Rook. Lovable but grumpy pup that he is. He's not like the tortured YA heroes
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the continuing adventures of Fer, she is summoned to the nathe of the High Ones where she is put under the test to prove she can rule the Summerlands. Only there is more to the tests and the contests that meet the eye.

Rook makes an appearance again. Now he is free to make mischief for Fer, but somehow his heart isn't always in it. He is reunited with his puck-brothers and they plan to use Fer.

Something goes wrong and Rook and Fer find themselves neck deep in trouble.

I really love this series.
Mel Raschke
Fer discovers that being the daughter of the deceased Lady of the Summerlands and vanquishing an evil usurper isn't enough to live happily ever after. Now Fer is back in the human lands and longs to return to the Summerlands. When she returns her people don't know what to make of her and her unique way of doing things. This includes the High Ones who request that Fer journey to their lands to compete in a contest that will prove whether or not she is the true Lady of Summerlands. This is a magi ...more
In order to claim her right as Lady of the Summerlands, Fer must compete -and win- a nathe competition under the judgement of the High Lords. Rook, the puck, is part of a puck-plan to steal the Summerlands crown. Pucks are wild and free, friends with no one outside of their brother-pucks, so why does Rook feel so guilty about betraying Fer's trust and offered friendship? And as for Fer, as the rightful Lady of the Summerlands, she isn't about to let anyone, competitor or puck-thief, steal her la ...more
Thanh Ho
Do you want to be a princess or a queen or a king someday? Well, being royal is not easy at all. All those lesson for how to be a perfect princess or queen, how to be a great ruler for king. That's not all, how do you know for certain that you will be the ruler one day? Fer is the princess of Summerland, daughter of the latest queen yet she still have to fight to keep her place even though she is the right full heir to the throne. She didn't make her people as her slave, she becomes friend with ...more
Nichole Dawn Romero
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Shirley Lee
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I actually finished this book months ago, a couple weeks after i finished the first book of the series (Winterling). Honestly, this was not a book that i REALLY loved but it was a book that i enjoyed reading. I liked the fact that it was set in a world that was completely different from ours and that the story plot was somewhat interesting. During the process of reading this book, i felt that something just didn't make sense in the middle. The story plot wasn't as good as the first book but it i ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Far is summoned to a sort of higher level world to prove that she deserves to be Lady of the Summerlands, and acquits herself quite well in a series of tests of character. I think this is a first rate fantasy of the uncomplicated sort---uncomplicated plot, uncomplicated characters---and my only real reservation is that the characters just didn't seem sufficiently smart/clever (for example, the main bad guy keeps revealing his intentions). But I love the way that both Far's insistence on caring f ...more
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