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Publisher's Summary

An epic new fantasy romance from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author C. L. Wilson.

After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.

Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom - and her first taste of overwhelming passion.

As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion - she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.

©2014 C.L. Wilson (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Magnificent Story; annoying narration

What did you love best about The Winter King?

It was a refreshing story and continued that way from cover to cover.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was good, if a bit predictable. I enjoyed the character development and, as always, a strong female in the story line.

What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

I've purchased books with her narration before and her inflection is distracting and monotonous.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A DELICIOUS FANTASTICAL FAIRYTALE FOR ADULTS

I loved C L Wilson's Tairen Soul series so I knew that she had a gift when it comes to creating magical worlds, fantastical complex plots and romantic stories and she didn't let me down with this, her new Mystral series of standalone books which are about the lands of the Weathermages.

This is about two of those magical lands... Summerlea and Wintercraig and the treachery that resulted in murder, revenge, hatred, betrayal and destruction and 3 years of War that was forced upon them. And because of all that there is a powerful treaty brutally imposed upon a strong, feisty and fierce Heroine (Princess Khamsin) and a demanding, cold, bitter, and tortured Hero (King Wynter). However, neither one expected the attraction, the lust, the powerful passion, the soul connection and the strong deep love that eventually emerged. But there's so so much more to this plot too and I won't spoil this enchanting and enjoyable story for you.

An action-packed exciting story full of suspense, mystery, interesting secondary characters, challenges, battles, betrayal, fantastical creatures, imaginative world-building imagery, a passionate sizzling chemistry, sex and a slow to ignite love story.

Worth the credit? If you're a fan of fantasy love stories that will capture your imagination and carry you off to mythical magical lands then this is a must for you (as it was for me) and YES, when you're in the mood for a FAIRYTALE, it doesn't come better than this very creditworthy listen.

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Good until the end

SPOILERS - the ending enraged me. Wynter becomes the Ice King because he NEVER???? Learns to trust????? His wife?????? Legit the entire book he and his buddies doubt her saying that she could be a spy and they have her followed etc etc i get it. But even to the very end it just takes that one bitch to suggest that Khamsen is a traitor and he goes all Ice King AND THEN EVEN WHEN SHE FUCKIN BRINGS HIM BACK ON THE BATTLE FIELD HE DOESNT BELIEVE HER FULLY??????????? WHY?????????? You can’t love without trust and he never learned to trust her and it made me so mad. It ruined an otherwise great book. Even though I loved everything, the last thirty minutes had me fuming.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely wonderful story!

I listened to all the Tairen Soul books and enjoyed them immensely. Like a lot of people I kept putting off The Winter King because the cover was so lame. But, I do like a long book and I just couldn't pass up 21 hours of a C. L. Wilson story and am so glad I finally spent that credit, I really loved every element of book. l finished it in 2 days (and most of one night :o). It has suspense, adventure, well drawn characters, excellent plot, and a perfect hero and heroine, not to mention Ms. Wilson can write some dame fine love scenes, and she's not stingy with them either. I will definitely read this book again and can't wait to follow it with the next book in the Weathermages series, The Sea King, which comes out at the end of this month. We met the Sea King at the end of the book and I believe he may give Winter a run for his money as quite the sexy hero. So forget the dumb cover and enjoy!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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CHARMING

Would you consider the audio edition of The Winter King to be better than the print version?

I think the áudio version brings us closer to the story on a way different from the printed version. In the audio version, the story is perceived through the narrator's eyes, how he imagines each character would react. In the printed version, the imagination is up to the reader. The two versions presente us with different emotions, However, both are excellent.

What other book might you compare The Winter King to and why?

I'd dare to compare to "Dragon Rose" by Christine Pope.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

This book is a lovely novel, very well structuredand because this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant

This book is brilliant it takes two very different seeming people and smashes them together, only to find out that they are actually very simular. The plot is fast paced with action and humor, so you will find yourself enchanted by the characters in this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A very original and enjoyable read!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Winter King to be better than the print version?

I have only listened to the Audio version but I believe I would enjoy both.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter King?

Listening to the Winter King and his new Wife fall in love with each other after not knowing each other or wanting to get married at all.

What does Heather Wilds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings emotion to her voice and makes the story come alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Forced into Love is still Love.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to this story!. I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for a unbiased review. Thankyou!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Don't judge a book by its cover

I over looked this book many times because of its cover but finally out of share desperation I purchased it and was pleasantly surprised. This book is one of the best I have read rather listened to in a long time. It has a strong storyline and the performance was excellent. Look past the cover and give this book a try.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Everything any reader could hope for

Enthralling, gripping.... a story that is impossible to put down. Lewis is an amazing weaver ... able to make you see what is written word.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Listen

A great audiobook with a complete and enchanting plot line. I really enjoy this authors works.

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  • 05-26-15

Overall good but way too many 'dilemmas'

I liked the premise of the book. The adventure was good and Wilson obviously puts a lot of effort into building the world that this is set in. On the whole I liked the character and their motivations.
However, there are way too many dilemmas and problems that crop up, as well as this, there are so many enemies, I think about 4/5, which means that the story tended to drag while these problems were being dealt with. I found myself having to stop listening for a while and build up to listening because there were so many incidents where Winters distrust of Camsyn essentially gets the better of him- these were frustrating and actually a little boring. If Wilson had concentrated on one or two enemies and cut out some of these sub plots then it would have been really good. Having said that, it was entertaining and I would recommend it.

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  • lillico
  • 07-31-15

Frustrating

I would have liked to give this book 5 stars, but the performance was painful to listen to, so Much of the time! I found it very stilted at times, with stress on wrong words so often that it really grated, detracting from the interesting story. At times it was narrated beautifully, the diction was clear, but too often it became sing song, using the same musical notes repeated in the same order over & over. Accents for different characters were not always consistent.
The story itself was quite interesting, covering a mythical world set presumably in Medieval times, in somewhere similar to Europe.
The main Royal characters have mystical powers, there are vengeful Gods, war, love, treachery, caring, betrayal. Twists and turns everywhere, with a predictable ending.
I think this is a book that, for me, would have been better read.
A different narrator would have made it a much better listen, I feel.