Sunday, February 19, 2012

Review: Winterling (Winterling #1) by Sarah Prineas

Title: Winterling
Series: Winterling #1
Author: Sarah Prineas
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: HarperChildrens
Source: Publisher

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.

Sarah Prineas captivates in this fantasy-adventure about a girl who must find within herself the power to set right a terrible evil.
Review: I’ve been on a middle grade reading kick recently and when I heard about this book, I knew I just had to read it. An middle grade fantasy novel combined with a gorgeous cover makes for a great read, I’ve discovered!

I was sucked into the world that Sarah Parineas creates from the very beginning and I couldn’t stop reading the book until I got to the end. The plot weaves magic and friendship, courage and belief and so much more together to really deliver a good read. There is a lot going on in the world that the author creates without overbearing descriptions and boring dialogue.

Fer was an absolute perfect protagonist for this book! Not only was she fierce and determined, she was a kid too and often times, she didn’t always know what to do and she got scared too. It made her not only admirable but realistic too. The other characters that were a part of this novel were wonderful too. They had their own minds and personalities and had different ways of helping Fer and contributing to the plot.

Overall, Winterling was a perfect fantasy novel full of adventure and excitement, woven with bits of fantasy and folklore elements. It’s a great way to get kids reading and is a quick, fun read.

Overall: 4/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—So pretty! I love the horse and the girl and the background and all the colors. Really gives off the cold, winter time that is beautiful too.


  1. I'm so excited to read this one - I love fantasy so much.

  2. I really enjoyed this one too and I was so determined to find out what happened! Fer was stubborn! But she had a good heart and she deserved to know the truth! I can't wait until the next book :)

    Marie @ Marie Loves Books