"Enjoyable Medieval Romantic Fantasy"

Her father is noble, but her mother is not and besides they never wed.  Coriel Halsing spends much of the year under the tutelage of her grandmother who is teaching her to become a herbalist or perhaps a witch depending on your perspective.  One season of the year she spends at Castle Auburn home of her sire and her older half-sister. As she matures, Coriel becomes concerned with her patriarchal family and the royalty's hunt for the Aliora, a fairy-like people that the humans enslave.  Soon, instead of the delight she once saw during her youthful summers at the Castle, Coriel observes prejudice and injustice.  Still, her teen obsession with the spoiled Prince Bryan has turned to adult admiration and seemingly unrequited love for his levelheaded relative Kent.  Realistically alone because of her divided heritage, Coriel wonders what one intrepid but frightened woman can do to make things right. 

SUMMERS AT CASTLE AUBURN is an enjoyable medieval romantic fantasy showing why Sharon Shinn is an award-winning author.  The tale is filled with action sprinkled with Faerie dust and solid characters.  Though romance readers will relish the growing affection between Kent and Coriel, fantasy fans will feel a bit slighted as the Faerie community offers possibilities, but never is explored.  Still, Ms Shinn provides her audience with a delightful novel that readers will demand sequels with more than just a paranormal dusting.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 21, 2001


As a child, Coriel Halsing spent many glorious summers at Castle Auburn with her half-sister--and fell in love with a handsome prince who could never be hers. But now that she is a young woman, she begins to see the dark side of this magical place.


Summers At Castle Auburn
by Sharon Shinn

Berkley Pub Group (Ace Books)
April 1, 2001
Available: November 7, 2006
ISBN #0441008038
EAN #9780441008032
355 pages
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Sharon Shinn

Angels of Darkness
Troubled Waters
Never After
Unusual Suspects
Fortune and Fate
Elemental Magic
Reader and Raelynx
Dark Moon Defender
The Queen In Winter
Mystic and Rider
Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery and Fantasy
To Weave a Web of Magic
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Summers at Castle Auburn
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