By: Sarah Prineas
Published by: Harper Collins Children's Books
Released on: January 3rd, 2012
Source: ARC from publisher to review
5 stars: I Loved It
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.
Sarah Prineas captivates in this fantasy-adventure about a girl who must find within herself the power to set right a terrible evil -quoted from Goodreads
An enchanting story that's full of magic, adventure, danger and action. Sarah Prineas's WINTERLING is an exciting read that will take readers on an unforgettable fantasy adventure, introduce them to a young fearless heroine and leave them wanting more. I really loved the way in which Sarah wove together and introduces young readers to various folklore. This not only captured my attention, but it kept me completely invested in Fer's story. I wanted to know about her ability, what her Grandmother was hiding her from, what is really going on in the world of Way and who the strange boy that can turn into a dog and horse is.
Fer is such a fabulously written character. She's someone young readers will be able to connect with as she's courageous, loyal and has this innocence about her that makes her both vulnerable and relatable. It's her bravery and quest for truth that I admired most. Here she is in a world she's drawn to, but knows little about and yet she's able to find the answers to questions that are heartbreaking to hear. She's kind hearted and sincere in her quest to help those who are changing against their will in the land of Way. During her journey her knowledge of what has happened also empowers her to make a decision that will change her and the land of Way.
I thoroughly enjoyed taking this unforgettable adventure with Fer. The world of Way is magical, dangerous and is ruled by a wicked huntress named Mor. There's plenty of unique characters that make up the creatures of Way, and many of whom are wilding, which means they're changing into wild animals. This is very fitting for the feeling of this strange, yet enchanting land. There's also some memorable characters I also enjoyed getting to know along the way, like Fer's Grandmother who will do everything she can to protect Fer in the human world. Then there's Rook, the dog Fer saves at the beginning of the story. Though his story starts out heartbreaking, I loved seeing his character journey and how much he changed over the course of the story. I'm looking forward to getting to know more about him, The Greenlady, and Phouka.
Sarah's writing is fabulous! I loved the way she told Fer's story. She did such a brilliant job at crafting together her lore with the different elements that make up this story. Sarah kept me on my toes with Fer's adventure. I enjoyed the unknown, the action and the suspense that is felt through out the story. The setting, the entire feel of the book and the different folklores that make up this exciting read will be enjoyed by both middle grade and older readers alike. WINTERLING is a wonderful read, and I'm looking forward to reading it's sequel.