Author: Sarah Princas
Series: Winterling #1
“We live here, my girl, because it is close to the Way, and echoes of its magic are felt in our world. The Way is a path leading to another place, where the people are governed by different rules. Magic runs through them and their land.”
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 Mór 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.
Sarah Prineas captivates in this fantasy-adventure about a girl who must find within herself the power to set right a terrible evil.
This was one of the two December reads for the Middle Grade Marvels Book Club. I am so pleased I picked this up it was the perfect wintery read. Our Main character Fur is great. She is strong, independent, logical but also loving and loyal and has enough sense of adventure to make this one fun.
I really loved the Fae world, it was dark and devious with the classic strict rules such as the rule of threes that made the Fae characters even more devious as Fur learned to navigate through there tricks and charms. The cold wintery setting really added to the menacing ways or Mór making her such a good villain. I think anyone who enjoys a good classic Fae story will like this one, with its kitchen witchery and classical takes on magic systems. It has a real feel of older fairy tales which I really enjoyed.
There was enough content to make this a really nice standalone but also to encourage you to seek out the next in the series which I intend on doing so once the weather begins to warm as it is called Summerkin!