When young Wynter Moorehawke returns to court with her dying father, she finds her old home shadowed with fear. The king has become a violent despot, terrorizing those he once loved. His son and heir Alberon has fled into exile and now there are whispers everywhere of rebellion. Meanwhile, Alberon’s half-brother Razi has been elevated to his throne. He struggles to meet his King’s demands while remaining loyal to his beloved brother and to his friend Wynter.
Now she must choose - her father or her dreams, her friend or her king, her duty or her love.
©2008 Celine Kiernan (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Atmospheric, complex, and intense, Kiernan's debut fantasy, set in a sort of alternate 15th-century Europe, mixes vengeful ghosts and talking cats into political intrigue.... this epic starts strong and doesn't falter one iota, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave readers demanding more." (Publishers Weekly)
I was looking for a good series, and this one was pretty highly rated. I found it slow. It could have benefited from a good editor tightening it up. I heard too much of Winter's angst to find her admirable. She dithers too much. But most disappointing was the end of the story, which really reads like the end of a chapter. No closure whatsoever, and too many details left hanging. This, even in a series, is unforgivable.
I thought this book looked great, I even read some reviews, but I should have gone with my gut and passed it up.
This book has things I love, female main characters, talking cats, other fantasy elements.
I could probably have enjoyed this book despite the lack of forward plot progression, and slow trickle of important scenes surrounded by a surfiet of gore. I could have gotten over it, if the main character, or any of the characters had been interesting, or even behaved consistently.
The main character seems to spend most of the book in tears and clinging to the men around her as she observes the action. Characters, including the main charcter are often described as being one type of person, only to behave completely differently. Non of these inconsistencies are explained even halfway into the book.
Important plot points are brought up in conversation only to be immediately disregarded while some unnecessary action takes place. All of the things that could have been interesting in the world created here, ghosts, talking cats, are not present in the story, they appear in glimpses.
Don't get this book unless you enjoy a lot of gore and weepy main characters.
Perhaps the author is going for some character growth, or something, but I'm 7 hours in and no one is growing everyone is just crying and bleeding and I'm bored.
I love Epic Fantasy. My favs are- of coarse-Brandon Sanderson(Elantris), Jim Butcher (codex alera), Brent Weeks, Gail z Martin, Robin hobb (assassins aprentis)( though i like happier endings) and Trudi Canavan. If you liked any of these, you will love this series. suspense, intrigue, bloody gore, romance, moving dramatic moments...i loved it.
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