Red Winter : Red Winter

  • by Annette Marie
  • Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
  • Series: Red Winter
  • 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end, and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess - and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.
Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move, and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can't match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command - whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate - but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope...and hope is all she has left.

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Very fun

Emi is a kamigakari for Amaterasu. This basically means that she has dedicated her life to be a vessel for a this god-like being to be able to descend and have a presence on the Earth.

The first few hours were less exciting as we hear about how she has been keeping herself pure by hiding away in various shrines, praying, not eating anything exciting, not doing anything risky, not having friends or going near boys, etc.

She has been happy keeping herself pure all of her life, but at some point near the solstice ceremony when the kami will descend into her body, she finds out some information and changes her mind. This is where the story picks up. She starts doing more dangerous things, meeting interesting characters, learning information, and having adventures. She build allies and enemies, has to fight for her life, and has to make tough decisions.

I really enjoyed the book. I loved the characters that were introduced and their magical powers. There are two love interests, but no relationship yet. The main character is relatable (other than her initial purity), and is not making stupid decisions left and right like I have found in a lot of other books. While she’s just 18, I didn’t find her to be too immature either. (I am in my late thirties.)

We are introduced to various gods, beings, and realms from Japanese myth/religion. This was new and interesting to me. It was a little hard to follow all of the names for them because they sound similar, but I followed enough to know most of what was going on. I liked that it was different than typical angels, demons, shape shifters, etc in a lot of books. We didn’t start out knowing the relationship or allies between these beings, but learn things as we go, and it’s not always what was expected.

I really loved the author’s previous series, so I’m not surprised that I enjoyed this book too. Her books are strong in character development, world building, friendships and romance, and enough action to keep things going. The ending left off when I really wanted to keep hearing the story, but at least it wasn’t really a cliff hanger. Now I will wait for the next!

The narrator was good. I've heard her in other books, so wasn't concerned. My only complaint is that some of her male voices in this one sounded a bit like Grover from Sesame Street.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio