"Magnificent and powerful work of high fantasy"
When the creatures of myth and legends were kicked off the
human world they went to the Summer Country in another
dimension that has portals allowing travel between the
worlds. Sisters Maureen and Jo Pierce accidentally traveled
into the Summer Country and learned that the blood of the
Old Ones run through their veins giving them power to cast
spells. Maureen fought against Fiona, the witch and her
brother who she killed and a female dragon was killed with
its mate vowing revenge.
Jo returns home with David to Naskaag Falls, Maine and
troubles. Her mother is dying, they lost their jobs and the
police don't believe her story insisting they produce
Maureen and her lover Brian who stayed behind in the Summer
Country. Fiona plots with the dragon to have their revenge
on Maureen who has power but is drinking herself into
oblivion to blot out the awful memories. Brian disappears
and has to outwit the Pendragons in order to return to
Maureen while Jo must come to terms with her power if she
wants to find a place for herself in the Summer Country.
She must also find a way for David to live there since
humans are hated, unwelcome and many become slaves to the
THE WINTER OAK, the sequel to THE SUMMER COUNTRY, is a
magnificent and powerful work of high fantasy in which
alliances change with the wind and nobody can be trusted
because the bonds of fellowship are weak. Maureen accepts
the power more readily than Jo does while Fiona proves a
worthy adversary who underestimates her enemies; she is so
evil that readers will hope she gets what she deserves.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 15, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 26, 2007