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3.0 out of 5 starsOK story, MC didn't seem like a young girl
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
Decent story, super-G rated (bordering on dull), the author really dropped the ball with the young girl MC, she could have been any age under 30, and since that is not the premise of the book, I ding it 2 stars. I seriously had no idea how old she was and her dialogue both external and internal did not sound like a young girl.
I have to confess that I picked this book up because of the cover. I love that cover, I mean a gorgeous black horse with blazing red eyes. I found it very intriguing. I wish I could say the book lived up to the cover, and it does come close, but there were a few things I would have liked to see more of.
I would have liked to see more character development. I did like Fer and I admired her spirit and pluck, but I didn't feel a really strong attachment to her. Rook was an interesting character, a puck bound by oath to Mor. I enjoyed getting to know him, but I would have appreciated having more background to better understand him and where he was coming from. I did find the relationship between Fer and Rook an interesting one, with Fer considering him a friend despite his bond to Mor. And I loved that Fer was both strong and kind, offering healing to the injured.
The world that Prineas creates is a fascinating one. The connection between the seasons and the behavior of the inhabitants I found especially appealing. Maybe because it mirrors our own connection to our earth and the good and not so good ways we interact with it.
The plot is the best part of the book, moving along at a nice clip. This is what I think makes the book especially appropriate for elementary students, they tend to appreciate fast moving plots more than I. I was like that when I was younger also. As I've gotten older, I've grown to want more depth in what I read. But this book provides a fun, entertaining read perfect for young readers not quite ready to take on Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe power of humanity in a foreign land
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2013
What right-thinking child among us did not secretly feel that we were probably a lost fairy changeling, stuck in this strange world of iron schoolbuses and arbitrary adults?
The difference is that Fer is probably right about it, and that her cranky grandmother is both useful in terms of skills and cranky for a reason. Fer does use the things that she learned from her Grandmother, which I enjoyed.
The writing was pretty, but not distracting. "Stars whirled past; bits and rags of clouds swirled around them and disappeared. Looking down, Fer saw stars below them too, and velvety black darkness."
Fer sets up an interesting contrast with the rules of Fairie as she finds it, and her very humanity and ethics prove a powerful force for getting her way.
I really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the second book.
Read if: You like a good Changeling story, and watching people's humanity triumph.
Skip if: You are not looking for a mid-grade/ya novel. This one doesn't have hugely sophisticated reasoning or emotional impact.
Fer is a young girl who's sheltered by her grandmother who fears that Fer will go down the same path as her parents who vanished a long time ago. But one day, Fer does go down the same path as her parents. She helps a wolf who she doesn't know is really a boy. And by following him, she falls into the lake and finds herself in another land where The Mor rules. Fer figures out that something's wrong in this land where Winter lives year-round. She notices the struggle that the Mer's followers have with their dual personalities, the wolf and the human. And unfortunately the wolf is winning. She wants to help them, but how? What is going on? Why is it always Winter? Is the Mer really good or evil?
This is a wonderful story about a young girl who tries to save the people from a certain doom. It's the kind of story that children will cheer for.
Prineas has a knack for strong plot lines with loads of action-always a good thing for middle-grade readers. She develops the alternative world well, and Fer is a sympathetic and strong female.
I was a bit surprised by the repetition of some descriptive words and phrases in the early chapters. It always jars me when writers do this and makes me wonder why their editor didn't catch them. Didn't look like the repetitions were symbolic or theme-related. Otherwise, the writing was clean and the story line was active. Good clean fun for middle graders with enough tension and magic to keep them reading.
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2012
This book is about a girl named Fer (Jennifer) who lives with her Grand-Jane and has never seen her mum or dad. one day her goes on a walk, falls down into a deep ravine and lands next to a stream with a perfectly round pool at the end. She looks at it and sees a full moon in the reflection but her own moon is a crescent moon. Fer touches the moon pool and feels a tingling in her fingers, the water goes mirror-still and all of a sudden shadows surged from the water, they looked like three gray wolves surrounding a lump of black, it looked like a black dog. The wolves moved into the black dog and Fer heard a yelp of pain. Three against one-not fair! Fer grabs a stick with a jagged broken end and runs towards the wolves and swinging the branch like a baseball bat, and hits a wolf in the hindquarters which whirled and snapped at her, the others just snarled and left. she had saved his life, but now he had changed into a boy. Fer took him home to heal his bites and scratches but when she came home her Grand-Jane didn't like having him there, Fer wondered why. After they healed his bites Grand-Jane made him leave straight away. A few days later her Grand-Jane finally told her that he was called a puck and he doesn't obey anyone's orders unless he is thrice sworn in some cases and that he is from the other side of The Way-the pool where Fer fell the night before! Fer opened it and they came in. Fer had to go back, she knew it. And that is how the story begins.........
This book is very interesting and I would recommend this book for 10 and over.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2020
I loved reading all about Fer's adventures through the way as she unravelled the mystery surrounding her parents and The Lady that governs the land she discovered full of magic. The story was wonderful and I really liked how it all developed throughout the book, especially with the ending leaving enough open for the sequel.
The characters were wonderful also, I loved Fer and Grand-Jane so much, and Rook will hopefully develop more too as I think the idea of having a puck is very cool! The Mor was a great villain too as she was just the right mix of charming and evil.
The writing style was also just perfect, it really helps to bring the story to life with the descriptions of the people and the landscapes. I cant wait to read the second time in the future.
A really great book that I really enjoyed reading.