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Summers at Castle Auburn por Sharon Shinn
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Summers at Castle Auburn (original 2001; edição 2001)

por Sharon Shinn (Autor)

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Coriel Halsing has spent many summers with her half-sister at Castle Auburn chasing and falling in love with a handsome prince who can never be hers, but now that she is grown she begins to understand the dark side of the magical palace.
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Título:Summers at Castle Auburn
Autores:Sharon Shinn (Autor)
Informação:Ace (2001), 372 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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This was the first book by Sharon Shinn that I read, back when it was first published, and it led me to her Samaria series (of which I have a great appreciation). Rereading it is something I do every few years, and I have continued to enjoy it. In particular, I find the character of Elisandra fascinating, especially since we only see her through Corie's perspective, and do not see her relationships with her family and with her betrothed outside of Corie's interactions. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
This is the second time I've read the book and I must say that I liked it a lot better the second time around. Shinn's writing style really pulls you into the world even though the writing isn't as polished and effortless as, say, Archangel. I liked the way pretty much everything was handled. I can totally believe that the bits that required luck were possible. I really liked Corie. She was never too much. Even when she did and said ridiculous things, I could imagine myself or a friend doing that when emotional. Really glad I read it again. It's a pretty nice combination or romance and intrigue, but not too stressful. ( )
  Isana | Jul 7, 2020 |
I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings, and Summers at Castle Auburn is one of my favorites from childhood. The novel is not without its flaws; the plot is somewhat predictable and the romance feels a bit forced. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed Coriel's coming-of-age story and fell in love with the world that Sharon Shinn created. ( )
  hianbai | May 28, 2020 |
(Stand alone. Fantasy)
(Re-read)

A sweet, light-hearted story that evokes the halcyon days of your childhood summers. This book is easy to read as well as compelling (I sat up all night with it) and is about Corie, a village girl with a noble father who grows up with her grandmother, learning to be a wood witch and wise woman (a respected profession). When she was eight, her father having died, her uncle arranged with her grandmother to take her to spend every summer with her half sister Elisandra, who has been betrothed for almost all her life to prince Bryan. We first meet Corie during the summer that she is fourteen, while Bryan is a couple of years older and Elisandra three years older than her, as well as some of their other constant companions.

However, when I learned who my traveling companions were to be, I stopped complaining and began dreaming. Bryan of Auburn was everything a young prince should be: handsome, fiery, reckless, and barely sixteen. Not destined to take the crown for another four years, he still had the charisma, panache, and arrogance of royalty, and not a girl within a hundred miles of the castle did not love him with all her heart. I did, even though I knew he was not for me: He was betrothed to my sister Elisandra, whom he would wed the year he turned twenty.

But when we meet Bryan a couple of pages later, he seems spoiled and arrogant, though Corie still thinks he's wonderful.

Although it is written in the first person - so the reader automatically empathises with the narrator - Corie (Lady Coriel) is a very likeable character. She makes friends easily (unless she perceives a rival either to herself or her sister) with everyone, be they from her home village or guardsmen at the castle; though she finds nobles with their political machinations harder to get along with. It is fun watching her grow up over the three or four years of the book and seeing the sisters' deep love for each other. She, like every other girl at Castle Auburn, is infatuated with Bryan but she gets jealous for her sister if he seems to find other ladies attractive. And though she thinks her sister is the most beautiful of the ladies and people tell her she looks more like Elisandra every time she returns to the castle, she never thinks of her own looks.

The story focusses on Corie growing up and because we see things through her eyes, they have a more innocent cast. There are not many parents in evidence, thought there are authority figures, mainly Greta, Elisandra's mother, and the Lord Regent Matthew, Bryan's uncle. I do feel a bit sorry for Greta, having to attempt to turn her husband's illegitimate tomboy into a highly marriageable lady in the face of Corie's disinclination but Corie does mature as she gets older.

But it's not just about Corie growing up and having adventurous, pampered summers. There is a dark note introduced with the captivity of aliora, a humanoid fey race, but Corie's youth and naiveté keep it from being too dark. And as she gets older she perforce moves in more political circles, at the castle which holds the governance of the kingdom.

I first borrowed this from the library many years ago and bought it for myself when I spotted it in a bookshop because I enjoyed it so much. But it was sealed in plastic, so I have been saving it to re-read until now.

A light fantasy adventure romance, similar to Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel duology. But I do have to say that the blurb on the back of my ACE edition has got completely the wrong spin on things.

4.5 stars ( )
1 vote humouress | Jul 23, 2018 |
8/25/20 review
This book's only real flaw is how clueless the protagonist is. A flaw I'm willing to overlook, apparently, because I still adore this book.

10/16/16 review, 5 stars
If you want a book with romance, great characters, a bit of magic, and an all-around great story without having to sacrifice good writing, this one hits the spot. (Although the protagonist is rather dense about love, and especially toward the end it is no longer believable.) It reminded me a little bit of Robin McKinley (minus the wordy prose) with a dash of Emma and Cinderella. I'm glad I read it during a weekend I had nothing competing for my attention, because I didn't want to put this one down. I plan to track down some more Sharon Shinn books to add to my comfort-escape reads. Can never have too many of those. ( )
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