Series: Weathermages of Mystral #1
Published by: Avon on July 29, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Romance
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.
DO NOT LOOK AT THIS COVER AND RUN AWAY.
You might disagree (different strokes for different folks), but I think it looks like a cheesy, soap opera historical romance.
Had I come across this book on my own, I can tell you with 100% certainty that I wouldn’t have bought it. I probably never would have even read the synopsis. The book cover—to me—screams, “not my kind of book.”
But I decided to pick up The Winter King when someone recommended it to fans of A Promise of Fire, which I ADORED beyond all measure. So without even taking much time to absorb the cover art, I bought The Winter King. turns out, I loved The Winter King even more than A Promise of Fire.
A detailed fantasy world with an earth-shattering romance
That was exactly what I was in the mood for before picking up The Winter King. I wanted a romance that was all consuming—the kind that shatters worlds, and starts wars, and has people scouring the edges of the Earth.
The Winter King had that and so much more.
The book hooked me straight away, but it was the last half that had me reading each word with tears in my eyes (constantly shifting from happy to sad tears).
It was like binge reading a series
At over 600 pages, The Winter King is long. But not too long. It never dragged on. Instead, I felt like I was binge reading an entire series in one sitting, but without the annoying cliffhangers and breaks in between. There was that much action, adventure, and conflict. The epicness just kept coming and coming and I never wanted it to end.
There was an incredible, detailed world; interesting history; conflicts between kingdoms; heart-wrenching family problems; an earth-shattering romance; and so much more. There was a purpose to the length and it completely sucked me in.
On top of it all, every single character was perfect.
The main character, Khamsin, was one of the most kick-ass characters I’ve read, and not just because of her storm magic. She’s brave, stubborn, and commanding. She had fear, but she also had the courage to suck it up and do scary shit anyway. I found myself wishing I was more like her.
I seriously don’t even have the words to convey how much I adored this book.
- It kept me up at night.
- It had me reading first thing in the morning.
- I had my book propped up while I ate so I could read during meals.
- It sent me twirling and frolicking around my apartment in excitement.
I so much wanted the universe to be real. I wanted to slip into it and find a home in the cold, icy Wintercraig.