Release Date: Jan 3rd, 2012 by HarperChildrens
Details: 256 pages, hardcover
Genre: Middle Grade
Series: Book #1 in the Winterling series
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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 rush of wind through branches feels more real than school or the quiet farms near her house. Then she saves an injured creature—he looks like a boy, but he’s really something else. He knows who Fer truly is, and invites her through the Way, a passage to a strange, dangerous land.
Fer feels an instant attachment to this realm, where magic is real and oaths forge bonds stronger than iron. But a powerful huntress named the Mor rules here, and Fer can sense that the land is perilously out of balance. Fer must unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew and claim her true place before the worlds on both sides of the Way descend into endless winter.
Winterling is about a girl named Fer (short for Jennifer) who lives with her grandmother (who happens to be a healer), doesn't know anything about what happened to her parents and is convinced she doesn't belong here.
And like all her young girls her age who just want answers and want to know where she belongs, she's incredibly incredibly stubborn.
So stubborn that she happens to find a mysterious pond of water and out of curiosity touches it, resulting in her opening "The Way". And she was on to something, she doesn't belong here.
I can see why a lot of people consider Winterling to be a fantasy novel, but I didn't really think of it like that. I considered it more to be a paranormal one. The story starts in our world but ends in another. And in that other world is magic, secrets, creatures and power hunger fakers. I really liked Fer, I admired her dedication to staying true to who she was. Someone who didn't want to kill, someone who knew right from wrong and even if the Lady tried to corrupt her, she stopped it. I liked Rook, he seemed conflicted with himself. And I mean, he's a Puck, why wouldn't he be even if this girl he stumbled on saved his life, he still has good reason to guard himself. But I still enjoyed his company.
The only thing I didn't really like about the book was that the point of view switches from Fer to Rook without much of a warning and sometimes it's a little hard to know who's head you're in. But other than that, I enjoyed Winterling and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
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