Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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...
Rinka is a faery, but unlike her kind, humans intrigue her. She's been learning everything she can about them since she was a child. It seems like there is war on the horizon between the faeries and humans. Rinka wants to do whatever she can to prevent that.
When Rinka isn't selected — like she expected she would be because of her vast knowledge about humans — to be part of the delegation invited to King Alban's court to help keep the peace between the two kingdoms, she goes against her father's wishes.
When she arrives at the the capital, Rinka and the delegates are met with fear and wariness. She had hoped the humans would be as delighted to learn more about her, as she is to learn about them, but that isn't the case at all. Then she meets a human that is immediately awed by her. This is what Rinka has been wanting — a human as intrigued by her as she as always been by them. A human who she finds out is the king himself, Alban.
I liked Rinka from the beginning. Her father has kept her close since she's his only child, which is why their is an innocent to Rinka. She genuinely wants the best for not just her kind, but everybody and willingly goes into a dangerous situation to achieve that goal.
Alban is a young king who — like Rinka — wants to do everything possible to prevent a war between their kinds. He never excepted to fall for Rinka – something which could ignite the war they're trying to prevent if discovered.
Summerfall is an amazing prequel. It's the story of forbidden love and political intrigue with a magical twist that adds a riveting insight into the world of Winterspell while setting the stage perfectly for the events to follow.