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Book Title: Summers at Castle Auburn|
The author of the book: Sharon Shinn
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Reader ratings: 5.2
Edition: Ace Books
Date of issue: April 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781101208038
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.50 MB
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Summers at Castle Auburn was my first exposure to Sharon Shinn's fantasies, and it was pretty much insta-love for me (I'm pretty sure Shinn returns my affections ... in a distant and anonymous fan-appreciation kind of way) and instantly set me off on a search for more of her books.
Corie is the teenage illegitimate daughter of a nobleman who's since died, but the royal family is still keeping tabs on her. Most of the time she lives with her grandmother in a village, learning medicinal herbs and a bit of witchery from her. But her summers are spent with the royal family in Castle Auburn.
We follow Corie over the next several years as she hangs out with her half-sister Elisandra, Bryan, the stunningly good-looking (and knows it) prince and heir to the throne (and Elisandra's intended husband, in that royal arranged marriage kind of way, which doesn't stop Corie and a hundred other girls in the kingdom from getting wild crushes on him), and Kent, the regent's son. For a long time, Corie is totally oblivious to the fact that she, like Elisandra, is being groomed to make a strategic alliance (i.e., marriage) to benefit those in charge of the kingdom.
The plot is thickened by the Aliora, a lovely, faerie-like people who are hunted down and kidnapped by the humans in this kingdom, particularly Corie's uncle Jaxon, to spend the rest of their lives as (very expensive) slaves to the nobility. They make very kind and attentive servants, and Corie loves them, but it takes her several years to realize how miserable they are in their slavery, and more to figure out what she can do about it.
I thought this was a lovely coming-of-age novel; it's among my favorites in the YA fantasy genre. Though it's a young adult novel, it was interesting and complex enough for me to really enjoy. The romance in it is very subtle but appealing. There are some unexpected plot twists that nevertheless fit really well with the storyline. Kudos to Sharon Shinn for (view spoiler)[making the handsome prince slowly turn into a despicable character and Corie's beautiful half-sister turn out to have some unexpected and startling depth (hide spoiler)].
I recommend it highly for readers who love books like Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl.
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Read information about the authorI’ve been writing stories and poems since I was eight years old. My first poem was about Halloween: "What is tonight? What is tonight?/Try to guess and you’ll guess right." Perhaps this inauspicious beginning explains why it took me till I was in my thirties to sell a novel. It occurred to me early on that it might take some time and a lot of tries before I was able to publish any of my creative writing, so I pursued a degree in journalism at Northwestern University so I’d be able to support myself while I figured out how to write fiction.
I’ve spent most of my journalism career at three trade and association magazines—The Professional Photographer (which, as you might guess, went to studio and industrial photographers), DECOR (which went to frame shop and art gallery owners), and BizEd (which is directed at deans and professors at business schools). My longest stint, seventeen years, was at DECOR. Many people don’t know this, but I’m a CPF (Certified Picture Framer), having passed a very long, technical test to prove I understood the tenets of conservation framing. Now I write about management education and interview some really cool, really smart people from all over the world.
I mostly write my fiction in the evenings and on weekends. It requires a pretty obsessive-compulsive personality to be as prolific as I’ve been in the past ten years and hold down a full-time job. But I do manage to tear myself away from the computer now and then to do something fun. I read as often as I can, across all genres, though I’m most often holding a book that’s fantasy or romance, with the occasional western thrown in. I’m a fan of Cardinals baseball and try to be at the ballpark on opening day. If I had the time, I’d see a movie every day of my life. I love certain TV shows so much that knowing a new episode is going to air that night will make me happy all day. (I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan, but in the past I’ve given my heart to shows all over the map in terms of quality: "Knight Rider," "Remington Steele," "Blake’s 7," "Moonlighting," "The Young Riders," "Cheers," "Hill Street Blues," "X-Files," "Lost," "Battlestar Galactica"...you can probably fill in the gaps. And let’s not forget my very first loves, "The Partridge Family," "Here Come the Brides" and "Alias Smith & Jones.")
I don’t have kids, I don’t want pets, and all my plants die, so I’m really only forced to provide ongoing care for my menagerie of stuffed animals. All my friends are animal lovers, though, and someone once theorized that I keep friends as pets. I’m still trying to decide if that’s true.
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