Summers At Castle Auburn – Sharon Shinn

Summers at Castle Auburn Title: Summer At Castle Auburn
Author: Sharon Shinn
Published: Ace, April 2002
Source: bought a copy
Links: [goodreads][][the book depository]

Coriel, the illegitimate daughter of a high-ranking aristocrat, spends most of her life learning herbal medicine from her grandmother, but she spends her summers with her half-sister, Elisandra, at the royal castle where Prince Bryan resides. Coriel has always been secretly in love with Bryan, but she is slowly realizing that he is a spoiled, selfish, dangerous man—and that Elisandra dreads her upcoming marriage to the prince. Corie hopes that the prince’s cousin Kent will save Elisandra, while she wonders if the taciturn guard Roderick might play a bigger part in her own life.

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 characters are really hard to be liked but strangely, I not only empathize them but also feel relieved when I learn of their selfishness in this story.

On the author website, Shinn mentioned that her favorite scene was where Corie freed the aliora.  (In the story, the aliora are creatures that have been trapped and subdued as slaves for humans.)  I like the scene too but my most favorite part is about the revelation of the fate of the hunter.  It really makes me wonder who is inevitably being haunted and hunted in the web of life.

I know I’m being vague here but this is a story that needs to be read in my opinion.  I haven’t read other titles by Shinn but after reading this, I am going to add all her other books to my read list.

Have you read any books by Sharon Shinn?

If so, which one(s) would you recommend?


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  1. I totally know what you mean by slow paced books being good in some cases! Rose Under Fire–a book I read recently was pretty slow but I loved it that way 🙂

    Fab review, Henrietta! <33
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  2. I haven’t read anything by Shinn before. I do like the sounds of being able to get to know the characters like this though. Wonderful review, I am so glad you loved it.
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  3. This book – and its author – is completely new to me, so thanks for drawing both to my attention! I also really like when characters are not simply portrayed as good or evil, as I agree, human nature is never that simple. I’ll have to check this out one day. 🙂 Great review, Henrietta.
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  4. I have actually never even heard of the author before, but reading your review makes me want to read it! I think it takes real talent for an author to make a reader feel like the characters are whole and real. I really will have to check this one out. Great review!
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  5. Sounds well paced and enjoyable
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  6. Believable characters are a must for me to enjoy a story. Great review, Henrietta! 🙂
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