Winterling by Sarah Prineas is a magical tale of friendship and righting old wrongs – a testament to the value of life. Winterling opens with a bang as the prologue begins with a dog running from wolves and ending up in our world.
The plot of Winterling by Sarah Prineas then follows Fer, a girl who has always been just a bit different. Fer is an orphan who lives with her grandmother – a purveyor of herbs and very protective. Fer’s grandmother will not let Fer out of the house to wander on her own. In a fit of anger, Fer leaves the house in defiance of her grandmother and ends up saving a dog named Rook which unleashes a series of events. Fer finds herself in an other worldly place called The Way and in the thrall of a mysterious woman known simply as Mor – a powerful huntress. In the Way people are wildling, which means they morph into animals. It has been winter for too long and the land is hurting. It is up to Fer to save the way.
The prologue of Winterling by Sarah Prineas is very exciting. I found that it really hooked me into Winterling. There is a blending of different bits of folklore from Phoukas to the Green Lady. I thought Winterling would be a good introduction for children who aren’t familiar with these traditional bits of folklore, as Winterling is an engaging story and not at all boring.
To me, Fer is quite an admirable heroine who is strong, yet vulnerable at the same time. She is open to feelings and emotion.Yet, she gets the job done when it comes to saving the Way. She is courageous, yet we can see that yes she is nervous about messing up. I like this bit of realism added to Fer because no one is fearless all the time, not even the most intrepid heroine.
However, Winterling is at it’s strongest in message. We see the characters grow dynamically. We see characters have the courage to do what is right and to stand up against injustice. I loved that themes of friendship and loyalty are woven throughout the book. Winterling by Sarah Prineas weaves familiar elements and is a fabulous read for the dark of winter as it is a perfectly atmospheric read.
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