8th November 2012, Quercus
250 pages, Paperback
Themes: adventure, over protective grandmother, no parents, strange creatures who are also
people, illusions, lies, powerful oaths, unanswered questions, magic, beauty, terror, fear, wolves, some horrifying moments, some humour
Summary from Quercus
Fer has always felt that she doesn't belong. She hears the call of the wild wood, the secrets it whispers. When her grandmother reveals clues about the disappearance of her father and his mystical bond to her mother, Fer begins to unlock secrets about the parents she never knew.
Led to a reflecting pool which uncovers The Way, Fer finds an enchantingand dangerous land.
And it is here that she will realise her destiny - to face down the deadly Mor and free this land from its imprisonment in ice and evil
I love this book! It's perfect for me. I've read Young Adult books in the same genre, but they were too dark and gloomy for me. There is a fair amount of thrills and danger in Winterling, but it comes with an underlying feeling of hope. There's hope that the compassionate Fer will set things right. I adore stories where the grandmother is prominant: Fer's granny is quite a character. She is desperate to keep Fer safe, and helps Fer more than Fer realises until she needs that which her granny prepared. Fer has her distinctive and important patchwork jacket, her talent for healing and beware of her, the heroine brandishing a stick in this 10/10 read.
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For another thrilling Winter read check out The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable (soon to be reviewed here)