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Winterling by Sarah Prineas

Welcome! Here is a book that I read a little bit ago and that I thought was amazing in every way, so here's the summary and then you can see what I thought about it at the bottom: 

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Fer is a normal girl who has never felt that she truly belongs in this world. She lives with her grandmother and doesn't really know anything about her parents. One day when she is restless and goes out for a stroll in the woods she wanders across a boy who is hurt and seems to have been attacked by wolves. And that boy is the beginning of a great adventure. He is a puck named Rook who leads her to a whimsical world full of mischief and strange people and places and rules. There, Fer realizes who she really is and that she is the only one that can right a terrible wrong that has been done to her land. With the help of a wild horse named Phouka and a mischievous, puzzling puck named Rook she does everything she can to figure out the mystery that surrounds her parents and the Lady of the land who doesn't turn out to be as good and gracious as she seems. 

Winterling was a book that I can only really describe as beautiful, magical and full of secrets. The magic in this book is the old kind. The kind that is full of herbs and plants and words, nothing like magicians or sorcerers. Fer is a great, strong character that I loved from the very beginning but yet again my eyes were instantly for Rook. Throughout the book the back of my mind was always anticipating seeing things from his point of view. I am very strange like that.  The world that Fer ends up in is very strange, where people are part of the land, bound to the land, and swear oaths to their Lady so that that Lady can tell them to do anything and they would be forced to do it. Fer, having grown up in the human world, does not like that the people are bound to a Lady and that they have to listen to everything she says. She begins to discover that she is powerful that something terrible has happened. I loved all of the characters and that Sarah Prineas called Rook's kind Pucks because they are "tricksy" and mischievous. If any of you have read a Midsummer Night's Dream (which I didn't.... I was introduced to Puck by a series called The Sisters Grimm) you know who Puck is. How I first saw him as was a mischief filled boy who was always causing trouble and so I found it very cool that she called his kind Pucks. Anyway, there was absolutely nothing in the book that I would think was bad, but if you're worried for magic, then I guess this book isn't for you. The magic though is sort of dulled down. Fer finds that in this land her healing talent with herbs and healing words have great power  and so she is able to heal people sort of magically. I suggest this book for kids from twelve and up. There is a second and third book that I went through in about two days and so I suggest that if you read this one you should read the other two because they are equally amazing and magical.   


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