Series: Winterspell #0.5
Published by Simon & Schuster on August 26, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In this captivating novella, prequel to the upcoming Winterspell, Claire Legrand weaves a story of magic, political intrigue, and forbidden love.
Rinka is a faery, passionate and powerful, determined to maintain the tenuous peace between faeries and humans.
Alban Somerhart is a human, a reluctant king trapped in an arranged marriage, desperate to prevent war.
Their love could save the kingdom of Cane—or shatter it forever.
This entrancing tale sets the stage for the rise of a wicked queen, and the journey of a lifetime for a human girl named Clara...
I hadn’t heard about Summerfall until after I was approved for Winterspell on Netgalley. And since I hadn’t read it yet, I kept debating whether I should read it or the novella first. Ultimately, I decided to read the prequel first. And I think that was a good decision.
Summerfall is a prequel and it introduces us to the world of Cane as well as to characters that probably won’t be in Winterspell, but who will still be important. Don’t quote me on that as I have yet to read it still. Nevertheless, we are given insight into the events that shaped what will be going on in the book and we are introduced both to the world and to Claire Legrand’s writing style!
The prequel is the story of Rinka, a naive and sheltered faery that has a fascination for humans in a world were the relationships between both races are rocky to say the least. She’s an idealist who believes that understanding and getting to know one another will destroy the prejudice between the two races and will restore the peace. When an opportunity presents itself to meet with humans, she soon realizes things will not be that easy.
Rinka is a wonderful character that starts as really naive but soon learns that she’s way in over her head. I loved that she never backed down! She took challenges head on and worked for peace even when the road got tough. The romance in this story was a bit surprising, but I won’t get into it because of spoilers.
This novella explores the concept of when politics take advantage of the differences between people and the fear that can generate. There is much treachery and seeking of power in these 121 pages and it leads to events that will forever change the land of Cane. This story also explores what happens when we face the consequences of our actions and stop running away from our responsibilities.
This novella helps us to better understand the world of Cane and gives us a background on the events that shape the Cane in Winterspell and how those events will play a role in the story. I cannot wait to see how Legrand incorporates this history into the main novel!
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