Other things that could've been elaborated: 1 The quest to find the box and struggling with the good and bad of the consequence 2 building up the relationship with the rowankind and half fae 3 Ross adjusting to her new role in life 4 what actually happened to the rest of the world 5 a game plan for Ross, Corwen and David since there will be a second book The book and the reader would've been better served by slowing down the second half and developing everything further. As the heroine was a cross-dressing pirate, it's no surprise I jumped on this book as fast as I could. As I'm writing this I haven't actually checked any other reviews to see how many people did or didn't like this book so before making a decision you can go check them out. Doubtful I didn't read to far into it so you might not take my word for it, and I know there are people who are not bothered by cursing so maybe they'll give it a try. The lands south of the Wintercloak river were much more hospitable, however. The pacing was all over the place, though, making it hard for me to stay completely engaged in the story. While I liked some of the supporting characters especially the wolf-shapeshifter Corwen and Ross's half-brother David , I never connected with Ross.
Patience pays off big time here because it turns out that a lot of those more detailed world building elements are actually key to the overall plot. It's a fun, easy, book. I enjoyed this fantasy tale very much and look forward to the next book in the series, Silverwolf. Perhaps the foremost fantastical element comes in the form of the rowankind, a docile and subjugated race of people exploited for their labor. This brand-new series is perfect for fans of Elizabeth Bear, D. As Ross failed to register, she hides - or she could be hung as a witch.
Moreover, the realm of the Fae is completely separate from the domain of The Green Lady, who rules over the natural world. I'm cutting one star from my review for two things, though: sometimes the book lacked feeling when it mattered the most, and the later parts of the story focused too much on romance for my liking, at the cost of pacing and resolution. You see, in this alternate version of history, magic exists but is highly regulated by the Crown. I liked the magic - there are fae, and Ross is a powerful witch, but we slowly learn that magic is regulated, with witches being forced to register. Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Narrated with hypnotic precision and fractured lyricism, Winterwood is a disturbing and unforgettable tale of love, death and identity from a masterful novelist. She lives and works behind a desk in Pennine Yorkshire.
It ushered the plot along at a breathless pace but never really brought the characters to life. While the inner workings of the various kinds of magic go largely unexplained, it is clear that there are many sources of it, and their powers mingle and react in very interesting ways. . It helps, too, that Ross herself has little knowledge of the overall workings of magic thanks to her continued efforts to ignore her powers but for the occasional weather change to help her ship. I have two reasons why I'm not finishing this.
It's full of action, but the characters felt pretty flat and when I finally gave up I had no idea where the characters were going or why and worse, I didn't care. Inheriting a half-brother she never knew about as well as a magical box passed down from generation to generation, she is settled with the task of opening the box to right an old wrong. Who wouldn't want to be a dashing young woman dressed for piracy? Waiting for these bursts of awesome got a little frustrating. Overall though, I found Winterwood a fun and enjoyable read. It features a strong female protagonist, angry fae, and pirates, which are an excellent combination. The last 45% was incredibly rushed. They formed the village of , which sat about four miles 6.
The actions sequences are glorious but very spread out. The protagonist is very flat, one-dimensional even, and her actions and thoughts often fail to have a sense of process and come out absolute and without any sense of internal conflict. But it's a legacy Ross wants no part of, especially when the King's agents begin snapping at her heels! All in all, Winterwood was entertaining, with solid world-building and the potential to be an amazing story, but little more than that. The ghost-husband was an interesting idea and dilemma, but it feels like the author can't commit to really fleshing out any other relationships to a degree that would make me feel it as a reader. It was strange at times - particularly when it came to introducing us to an altogether different culture - but Rossalinde, as the voice of the story, kept me grounded pretty much at all times and I especially liked her unpretentious attitude towards all matters sexual. Although on a positive note I did like the cover. History The was once part of the Winterwood.
But with all the potential material, world building, characters and magic, there was no need for the pacing to treble in speed. Lease Terms Lease terms are variable. Will's ghost however continues to hang around. While this turned out rather differently than expected I'd hoped for more shipboard action, less traipsing through the woods , I quickly got sucked into the story and found it an engaging read all the way through. She knows, intuitively, that it is the morally right thing to do, but she also spends some moments acknowledging the consequences, which I quite enjoyed. About Winterwood Once, Redmond Hatch was in heaven, married to the lovely Catherine and father to enchanting daughter Immy. But then he took them both to Winterwood.
Winterwood is a good solid read. My first disappointment was that although Ross, our heroine, is indeed a widow, she still is barely over twenty. Relations The mold men's territorial claims put them in conflict with the local orcs. I understand that I am not required to provide this consent as a condition of purchasing any property, goods, or services. Perhaps the story didn't go quite as I expected it to go. The other thing I noticed was the plot seams showed. As she travels with David, she grows like him and even to love him.
Familial love is an important part of this story too, with Ross accepting her half-brother David, becoming overprotective when he is threatened or treated poorly because of his rowankind heritage. It also works well as a stand alone with everything tied up but I'm excited to find out what will happen in the sequel!!! In fact, she throws it into the ocean without knowing that it would follow her it does but she didn't know that when she threw it. And this is where the book gets political and philosophical, because the Winterwood box holds the secret as to why the Rowankind are enslaved, and using the box will change the face of England. Employ is a stretch as most folks don't actually pay the Rowankind. Also, enjoy the convenience of the on-site laundry centers, as well as being located near East Town Center, Polaris Fashion Mall, and some of the area's best shopping and dining.