Grail of the Summer Stars
By Freda Warrington
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765318718, 384pp.)
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
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The climactic concluding novel in the spellbinding magical contemporary fantasy Aetherial Tales trilogy
A painting, depicting haunting scenes of a ruined palace and a scarlet-haired goddess in front of a fiery city, arrives unheralded in an art gallery with a cryptic note saying, “The world needs to see this.” The painting begins to change the lives of the woman who is the gallery's curator and that of an ancient man of the fey Aetherial folk who has mysteriously risen from the depths of the ocean. Neither human nor fairy knows how they are connected, but when the painting is stolen, both are compelled to discover the meaning behind the painting and the key it holds to their future.
In Grail of the Summer Stars, a haunting, powerful tale of two worlds and those caught between, Freda Warrington weaves an exciting story of suspense, adventure and danger that fulfills the promise of the Aetherial Tales as only she can.
FREDA WARRINGTON, who was born in and lives in Leicestershire, England, is the author of twenty novels. This is her third Aetherial Tales novel, her first series to be published in the United States. The first, Elfland, was named Best Fantasy of the Year by RT Book Reviews.
“Even the most jaded fantasy reader will quickly fall under the spell of [Warrington’s] characters and the warm, intimate voice Warrington uses to tell us their stories. Highly recommended.”
—Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction on Midsummer Night
“Solid wordplay, great pacing and a thrilling conclusion will definitely earn Warrington some new American fans.”
—Publishers Weekly on Midsummer Night
"A powerful sense of wild landscape and strong characterisation, plus a resonance of ancient magic, make Midsummer Night a truly compelling read."
—Liz Williams, author of The Ghost Sister
"The sequel to Elfland is beautifully written, an elegantly constructed book . . ."
—Realms of Fantasy on Midsummer Night
“A heady cocktail of urban fantasy and wild romance, invigorating and intoxicating. Warrington’s writing has lyrical beauty and her characters are a delight to discover.”
—Justina Robson, author of Keeping it Real on Elfland