Summers at Castle Auburn

Summers at Castle Auburn A woman blessed or cursed with a talent for witchcraft returns to Castle Auburn where she spent her childhood in joy only to find an aura of dread awaiting her

  • Title: Summers at Castle Auburn
  • Author: Sharon Shinn
  • ISBN: 9780756918934
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A woman blessed, or cursed, with a talent for witchcraft returns to Castle Auburn where she spent her childhood in joy only to find an aura of dread awaiting her.

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    1. 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 bi [...]

    2. There’s a special shelf in my mental/virtual bookcase. Until now, only Crown Duel resided there, a little proud in being the only one to make it onto that shelf but getting kind of lonelyD THEN! ANOTHER BOOK TEARS THROUGH THE LONELINESS AND SPREADS ITS SUNSHINE ON THE SHELF/MY LIFE! It’s SUMMERS AT CASTLE AUBURN! It, too, contains that rare phenomenon where the characters and the romance make me squeak with glee while not skimping on the fantasy world-building!HURRAH!I did think about writin [...]

    3. 3.5 starsIf I had read this book in my teens, I would have given it 5 starts, no doubt. But two decades later, I found the story a bit flat, mainly due to the fact that the only POV is that of the heroine, Coriel. This makes the scope of the story too narrow considering the number of storylines (Coriel’s, her sister Elidandra’s, her uncle Jaxon’s, the crown prince’s, the Aliora’s, etc). It does not better the situation that Corrie is barely 14 at the beginning & 18 at the end: her [...]

    4. *dreamy, contented sigh*Clearly, back in the day, the magical elves who wrote blurb-y synopsis type things were a lot more spare and didn't know to include all the delicious bits that will and should entice you to read the sumptuous, magical Summers at Castle Auburn.Things like: a bright, sparkling, incorrigible heroine who spreads life wherever she goes (oh, and is a healer/herb witch). Things like: a fantastic, steadfast, and sweet sisterly relationship. Things like: princes and plots and cour [...]

    5. This story was a long way outside of my wheel house but surprisingly enough I wound up enjoying it. It started very slowly but once I got in to it I came to appreciate the way the plot was allowed to slowly unfold without attempts to cram in superfluous action (although there was still plenty of intrigue and suspense). In ways this book reminded me of Jacquline Carey, especially Kushiel's Scion (I think that was the first book in her second trilogy) in how it focused on the growth of a kid into [...]

    6. Corie is the illegitimate daughter of a now deceased noble lord. Through an arrangement made while she was young, Corie spends her summers at Castle Auburn, home of her father. She has a great relationship with her legitimate half-sister Elisandra and a not-so-great one with her father's widow. The rest of the time she spends with her maternal grandmother, a wise woman of peasant stock who knows herbal lore and healing.Although she is used to spending time with nobles, including the young Prince [...]

    7. First posted over at my blog where you can find more book talks and general book nerdery. I could die of happiness talking about Summers at Castle Auburn — it was so charming and swoony. It was one of those books that felt like magic. It felt like cozy over-sized sweaters, a good cup of tea, hot cocoa with big ol’ marshmallows, blanket forts and sitting by the fireplace. I don’t know how else to describe it. I felt like it didn’t matter what happened around me as I was reading it in my b [...]

    8. Originally reviewed here.I discovered Sharon Shinn through the fabulous Archangel--the first book in her Samaria series. I was instantly smitten and plowed my way through that series quick like a bunny. I'm pretty sure I picked up SUMMERS AT CASTLE AUBURN while waiting for the fifth Samaria book to come out. I knew it was YA and much more traditional fantasy (also no sci fi), but honestly I was just sort of making time, if you will. I wasn't expecting that much. You know how you find a new autho [...]

    9. I first read this book many years ago, when I didn’t write reviews and neither GR nor BL existed. In fact, it was so long ago, I didn’t remember anything about the book except that it was sitting on my shelf, reminding me of pleasures gone by. This reading felt as fresh as if it was a new book. After almost fifteen years since its publication, I guess it was, in a sense. Like many novels of this writer, this one is gentle and seemingly slow. It is a classic growing-up story. It starts when t [...]

    10. 3.5 StarsAll in all this was a good book but I did find myself at times rolling my eyes at how everything came together so perfectly without any trouble. Especially at the end.I don't understand how all that time, our heroine wasn't able to figure matters of heart out.

    11. As the base-born daughter of a nobleman, Corie, who is fourteen at this book's opening, spends her winters in her grandmother's village learning herb-lore, and her summers at Castle Auburn, where she enjoys a close relationship with her noble half-sister who has been betrothed to the crown prince since birth. Corie has a severe crush on the prince who oh so unfortunately happens to be a selfish cad. As the story unfolds, her eyes are opened not only to his real nature, but to the plans being mad [...]

    12. I am not the biggest fan of young adult books, but had hoped this one would appeal to adult fantasy readers as well. After plodding through the first 80 or so pages, I did find it entertaining, but with a variety of problems and inconsistencies that make it hard to recommend.Summers at Castle Auburn is the first-person narrative of Corie, the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman. She spends her summers at court with her older half-sister, and the rest of the year with her grandmother, a village h [...]

    13. This is one of those books that makes me wish you could give half stars. I put four, but three and a half is what I would give if I could.It's not that it's not a totally enjoyable read, because it is. I love Sharon Shinn, and this book is no exception. But it is very predictable (but sort of in a comfortingly familiar way, although I hadn't read it before). And while I like Corie very much at times, at other times she really doesn't click with me. I think less of her for ever thinking well of B [...]

    14. Aptly recommended for fans of Crown Duel, Summers at Castle Auburn comes closer than most to the attractive innocence and depth of character of that much loved romance. The protagonist, young Coriel, has courage and wisdom and a youthful generosity that endears her to many, even though she lacks the poise and polish (and some would say self-restraint) that would please her noble elders. Her good humour and common sense make her a loveable first-person narrator.Most characters are differentiated [...]

    15. Reading Summers at Castle Auburn is like having a leisurely stroll in a park.I like the pacing – it’s of a slower pace but offers just the right amount of time and space for the characters to grow on me.There is hardly anything redundant in the plot.What I really love about the story is that many of the characters feel very real and believable – people are not black and white – human nature is never straightly good or evil and I like that there are all kinds of shadiness here. Selfish ch [...]

    16. I just loved, loved, loved this book; not in a heart pounding, gripping, page turning kind of way, but in more of a lovely, lose yourself, relaxing kind of read. A lovely mix of coming of age story, romance and fairy tale all mixed in one.Corrie is the illegitimate child of a Lord who spend most of her time with her grandmother in a small village learning herb lore. But she lives for the summers she spends at Castle Auburn with her adventerous uncle, her half-sister who she loves and her father' [...]

    17. I enjoyed it, quite a bit, though I was unsatisfied with the romance part of it. It's one of those where there are more than one prospective love interest and you don't know which one is "the one" until almost the very end. It's always my feeling that if the big mystery is "which one is the right one" then I don't get much emotional satisfaction from the HEA anyway. I like the way the story is told in the first person, beginning with a rather naive girl who will have to learn some hard truths as [...]

    18. A book of political opinions encased in a fairly simplistic fantasy tale. Corie is the illigitimate daughter of a noble house of women who frequently marry into the royal family. The book details her split childhood, raised by her grandmother the healer in a dirt cottage and her "Summers at Castle Auburn," every year, to be taught and cultivated by her noble relatives.I don't remember this book as being particularly complicated, but it is honest. Forthright in its views and with a very definite [...]

    19. I told this to a friend when I was halfway through this book, and I can't think of a better way to explain it: "It feels classic and sophisticated and beautiful and sort of like coming home." This book, to me, is what perfect fantasies are made of. It's not about the magic or the creatures or the world-building, it's about using fantastical things to explore human lives and the motivations and morals and ethics within. Simply put, I have been absolutely ensorceled by this beautiful book.

    20. This is a wonderful story of a girl named Corie. Corie is the illegitimate daughter of a lord. After he passes away her uncle Jaxon decides to take care of her. He works out an agreement with her grandmother that she will spend the summer at Castle Auburn and the rest of the year with her grandmother learning “witchcraft” (really, she is just a healer). Most of the story takes place at the castle though, where her “grooming” takes place in hopes that she will have a politically placed ma [...]

    21. It took me a while to get into this book. I wasn't too sure I really wanted to read it and my prejudice against fantasy almost made me quit. But I persevered and I have to say that the more I read it the more I loved it and wanted to know more. Now that I've finished I can safely say it found a place among my favourites.So what did I like so much about it? Well she creates a world with medieval reflections that is a sort of fairy-tale land, and then this is a coming of age story and I just love [...]

    22. One of the reasons I love this book is because Sharon Shinn doesn’t telegraph the internal lives of her non-point-of-view characters. So you’ve got all these people, and some of them are relatively simple and you’re like, ‘the prince cares for no one but himself!’ but you’re also like, ‘the main character’s sister could be resigned or rebellious – but the main character’s not sophisticated enough to tell the difference.’ So you’re just left with ‘people – kind of myst [...]

    23. 3.5 stars. Classic fantasy, a delightful coming-of-age tale, if a bit predictable, gently-paced and a veritable page-turner!I supposed one brought to the table whatever traits one had, and then did the best one could to grow into the role one was given.

    24. I really hope I sit down and write a review because this book deserves one even for the fact that I cannot properly rate it :D

    25. 3.5 stars because while that was the perfect fantasy setting, serene, and old-school flighty like a Juliet Marillier novel, it was also relatively plotless as far as action story arcs.Props for an honest, wide-eyed look through the loss of naïveté and childlike gaiety. Secondary props for what I considered to be two convincing potential slow-burns. Que the super sweet innocence of lurve.Cons for the lack of a clear plot. My recommendation? Go in knowing it's an experience versus a journey. Oth [...]

    26. Okay, so I am offically a terrible person, because I only gave this nineteen pages before I DNF-ed it. The writing style wasn't my fav and I didn't really like any of the characters, so *shrugs* This just wasn't my jig, folks. I know a lot of people liked this, though, so maybe you'll like it, too. :)

    27. Excerpt from booklist:As the illegitimate daughter of a royal lord, young Corie has the best of two worlds. She spends idyllic summers at Castle Auburn, home of her father's family, and the rest of the year with her maternal grandmother, learning the healer's craft. At the castle, Corie is groomed by her uncle for an eventual political alliance through marriage, though she is too dazzled by her handsome cousin Bryan, heir to the throne, to notice. As the summers pass, however, Bryan shows his tr [...]

    28. How could I possibly begin to describe the depth of love I have for this book? I suppose I could start with the characters. Only once have I encountered a book with this amount of depth, this amount of beautiful characters who are so excellently written, there's not a doubt in my mind how they would behave in every situation--and that lone book is Robin McKinley's CHALICE. From the opening few sentences, I knew who these characters were, and I loved each of them for their brilliant wordplay and [...]

    29. Well was good quality writingbut it just didn't make magic for me. I couldn't settle into the slow pace, I didn't really care for the characters or the relationships, and I picked the wrong future love-interest, which annoyed me considerably, hahaha (my intuition never has failed, gasp!) While there was nothing descriptive or detailed about the sensuality in this book, some of the situations or behaviors are nevertheless disgruntling. Also, while our heroine is acutely aware she is an illegitima [...]

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