Summers at Castle Auborn
Young Adult / May 22, 2016

Author: Sharon Shinn Summary: Coriel Halsing has been visiting Castle Auburn during the summer every year for most of her life – and throughout her childhood, it has formed happy memories and excitement to carry her through the quiet life in her small home the rest of the year. But as Coriel reaches marriageable age her own maturing understanding changes everything around her at the castle, though now she knows it has always been this way. My Thoughts: Summers at Castle Auburn is set in classic medieval fantasy setting. Don’t worry, there are no dragons or elves; but much of the tale takes place in the castle and court, and the basic structure is very familiar. I loved this coming-of-age tale, and was highly impressed by the author’s light hand. Coriel starts out a giddy teenager, swooning over the handsome prince, but even then she is bold, adventurous, and kind. It was these traits that kept me reading even when I was rolling my eyes over her infatuations, and I was rewarded. Once past the first quarter of the story Coriel is coming into her true understanding, and the plot is far more interesting. The half-noble daughter must weave her…