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January 13, 2015

Just Read || Winterling by Sarah Prineas

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As one of my (many) aspirations in this life is to write children's books, I know that to do so, I need to read children's books. Many of them. And I have sadly been neglecting this part of my education for too long, particularly as I am drawn to classics, horror stories, and historical fiction.

But the time has come, the walrus said...

I started with 'Winterling' by Sarah Prineas. Prineas' work is delightful. Her ideas of parallel worlds, the seasons, and magic are fresh, and she merges these new innovations with known mythical characters, such as the Puck. The characters are full of depth and the world is rich with scents, colours, textures, and tastes. This is a novel filled with descriptions that remain long after you've read it, and leaving you with a sense that good can overcome evil.

Jennifer is plunged into a world to which she feels intensely connected - a world of nature - and her feelings of wrongness in a way echo the wrongness of our current times as we strive for economic excellence above meeting nature halfway, where we refuse to see our own mortality, and leave everything we touch in ruin.

The wrongness in Fer's homeworld spreads into our world, showing how connected everything in nature is to everything else. It reminds me of a video I watched about the wolves in the United States' Yellowstone Reserve. The wolves were killed off by farmers in the region to protect their cattle. Wolves were reintroduced a while ago because the deer were flourishing, having no natural predators to keep their numbers down. The effect of the reintroduction on other animals and even the landscape itself shows this connection.



We would be so lucky to have a Lady come to our world to set things right. 'Winterling' is an echo of everyone's hopes that a beautiful world awaits our children and grandchildren.

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