Praise for The Scions of Shadow Trilogy
Review of "Shadows of the Redwood: The Scions of Shadow Trilogy, Book One"
November issue of Renaissance Magazine:
Gillian Summers's "Faire Folk Saga" continues with "Shadows of the Redwood," Book One of the new "Scions of Shadow Trilogy." Summers brings back most of the key players that made the last trilogy so endearing, and adds a few more along the way.
Keelie Heartwood, now aware of and comfortable with her half-Elven heritage, travels with her irascible Elven grandmother and her feline guardian, Knot, to a Shakespearian Festival in the redwoods of California. While selling wares at her father's booth, Keelie must also help her grandmother find the mysteriously vanished Tree Shepherd of the redwoods. Her task isn't made any easier by the trees themselves, who are startlingly powerful, and very angry.
"Shadows" features more complexity in its plot than its predecessors and Heartwood's strange world of renfaires and fairies has been fully fleshed out, paving the way for Keelie to embark on more adventure. . .Summers's colorful cast of characters sweeps the reader along in Keelie's quest to heal the Redwoods.
"Shadows of the Redwood" contains what should be expected from a young adult series: action, humor, and a romantic thread between the protagonist and her long-time crush, Sean. Yet it also touches upon a few poignant themes, especially during Keelie's farewell trip to her old home, as she grapples with the reality that her life has unequivocally changed, and with it, her view of the world.
All in all, the story remains a fast-paced fantasy, full of unique and lovable characters drawn in a modern-day world, with a bit of renfaire atmospheric fun thrown in. Fans of the first series will not be disappointed by Summers's latest venture, and new readers should not feel lost if they decide to pick up the story in its second trilogy.
Praise for the Faire Folk Trilogy
The Tree Shepherd's Daughter
"The constant action, both magical and otherwise, will keep [readers] interested in Keelie's fate."
—School Library Journal
"One of those remarkable tales in which the reader becomes completely immersed... It will be enjoyed not only in its own right, but also will have readers eagerly anticipating books two and three in the promised trilogy."—KLIATT
"Compelling and beautifully written…a great follow-up to an already breathtaking first novel.
Fans of the series will be very satisfied."—TeensReadToo.com
"Into the Wildewood brings a fresh perspective to the genre with a crackerjack plot and razor sharp writing."
The Secret of the Dread Forest
"The pleasant mix of fairy dust and romance-hallmarks of the previous two books-is still present in The Secret of the Dread Forest. The book zips along-fans of the series will not be disappointed."—VOYA
"New and old characters combine in a breakneck plot that will have readers turning pages in class
and long after bedtime."—ForeWord Magazine