Summerlands #3. Author: Sarah Prineas.
As the Lady of the Summerlands, Fer has vowed to serve her people without the deception of the glamorie, and she had trusted other leaders to fulfill the same promise. But not all of the Lords and Ladies want to keep their oaths, and they’ve unleashed the consequences of their betrayal onto the lands. Only Fer, with the help of the puck-boy Rook, can fight the stillness invading the realm. But can she trust Rook? And can she protect her people before it’s too late?
The implications going on with Humanity, Change, and the Summerlands confuse me. On the one hand, change is definitely shown as a good thing; the stilth would kill them all without it. And again and again we are told that Fer’s humanity spurs her power to change. But… there were no humans in this alternate world before Fer’s father. How did it survive for hundreds of years? There was corruption among the Lords and Ladies, but what would have happened if humans didn’t show up? And what’s up with the Elders, who are unchanging and constant, and yet quite definitively on the good side?
Sexual Content: One puck wearing “nothing but red and black paint” is mentioned only in passing.
Violence: One character knocks out another with a blow to the head. Character mentions a long-standing history of mothers leaving any puck-babies out to be found by the other pucks or to die. One character apparently kills a corrupted Lady by destroying her glamour, but they later find out the Lady survived.