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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.
17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
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.