Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington Book Review

Stevie’s quiet world gets turned upside down when she receives a haunting painting from her ex-boyfriend, Daniel. She soon finds out that Daniel has gone missing and sets out to do some quiet investigation of her own. Mist, a near immortal, returns to life with a simple mission: find (and kill) his brother. He and Stevie meet; their individual quests lead them in the same direction. Each step they take brings them closer to discovering the truth of Stevie’s forgotten past, Mist’s lost family, and plans that could kill all life on Earth.

Grail of the Summer Stars is the second book I’ve read this month by a British author. Unlike the last one, the writing here is clear and easy to understand (with hardly a raised eyebrow at unfamiliar British terms). In fact, Ms. Warrington writes with a timeless prose that is both beautiful and easy to follow. I found myself quickly sucked into the tale without pause.

Ms. Warrington created supernatural worlds and entities that are well described and coherently thought out. I loved that this new world resembled nothing currently out there in the land of fiction. It is rare to come across true originality that is so well described that the reader does not find themselves confused by the new ideas.

The characters each felt well-drawn and multi-faceted, people I would enjoy sitting down with for a cup of coffee. Stevie’s journey from mostly-average Joe to heroine never destroys her innate goodness and her sweetness. She does not act out of a need to be a hero; rather, she acts because it is the right thing to do. I have grown a little tired of reading books about heroines who express their strength through anger. Stevie’s quiet bravery startled me. I loved that she never let herself be the victim but still acted with a selfless belief in doing good. Mist offers the reader the hero we all love: troubled, torn, but deeply honest.

The plot starts as a small mystery that builds to an epic confrontation without losing the reader along the way. The real blends smoothly with the fantasy, taking the reader on a tense but enjoyable journey. Ms. Warrington managed to produce a battle to save reality in a way that remained powerful yet understated. The reader knew what was at stake, but the subtleties made even the villains somewhat lovable.

Grail of the Summer Stars was a truly enjoyable book. I recommend it for those seeking something different and for those who appreciate subtle story-telling.


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