Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ARC Review: Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter & Jeffe Kennedy

Pub. Date:Dec. 12, 2017
Length:454 pgs

That blood red cape on the white snow is such an eye-catching image... I feel like I need one of those capes now! Not to mention that this anthology is written by some of the hottest names in fantasy and paranormal romance - I was stoked to get an advanced copy.

All of the stories are set in a fantastical or alternate realm where magic abides and anything seems possible.

In The Darkest Midnight, Grace Draven gives us a hugely romantic story involving a young heroine ridiculed for a birthmark on her face, as she comes of age and falls in love with her brother's swordmaster. I loved seeing Jahna come of age, grow into her maturity and develop confidence in her abilities. 

In The Chosen, Thea Harrison delves into the Other Land and the witchy city of Ys. The Chose, Lily, has been having visions of two men who will change the course of her future. Lily must choose wisely as one will bring her happiness and the other will destroy her people. I liked both of these characters, Lily and the Wolf, but I wanted to learn more about the tiger. I really liked Lily's powers and abilities, and the Wolf's fearless nature was fabulous. This short story left me wanting a full length version to really delve into the political plots and romance.

In The Snows of Windroven, Jeffe Kennedy takes us back to the Twelve Kingdoms with Ami and Ash on their return to Windroven for the winter feast and to determine just how much trouble the dragon under the volcano is causing. I recommend reading the Twelve Kingdoms and Uncharted Realms series before embarking on this story. At the very least, you will want to have read The Tears of the Rose to be familiar with our couple. It was nice spending some time with beloved characters. Ami and Ash still haven't ironed out all the kinks in their relationship and I enjoyed seeing things develop further.

Unfortunately, I had to put The Storm by Elizabeth Hunter on hold for now. I have only just started the Erin Chronicles, and I haven't read enough to know exactly how the world works and the characters relate. So I will come back to this one once I get more of that series read.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the author.

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