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Review: Amid the Winter Snow Anthology

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Amid the Winter Snow Anthology
Authors:
Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Jeffe Kennedy, Elizabeth Hunter
Reviewer:
Una
Rating: A

What I’m Talking About:

Amid the Winter Snow is a deliciously enthralling anthology set in fantasy worlds near and far.  I loved all four offerings.  For ease of writing this review, I’ve given my thoughts in the order they are written as well as individual ratings.

In the Darkest Midnight by Grace Draven was absolutely stunning and enchanting.  I loved Jahna and Radimar’s story set in a somewhat historical/fantasy setting.  It was utterly compelling with the elements woven together; Jahna’s birthmark, Radimar’s status, and their undeniable connection.  The poetic justice experienced first for Radimar and then later Jahna, was heartbreakingly freeing.  Though their journey took time and patience, the reward was all the sweeter for it.  A+

The Chosen by Thea Harrison takes place in a fascinating fantasy world.  Lily and Wulf’s meeting, their seemingly opposing factions and yet the overwhelming strength of attraction was well woven together against the backdrop of war.  Wulf’s honor and strength of his devotion was as humbling as Lily’s love and loyalty to him.  I enjoyed not only their commitment to their people but also to what is just.  Their journey was utterly gripping.  A

The Storm by Elizabeth Hunter was an interesting play with half angel and fallen descendants.  Though the mythology was fascinating, I felt a bit at a loss for being my first introduction to the Irin Chronicles.  It was a bit confusing as the timeline jumps a bit, but Max and Renata’s journey was heartbreaking.  So much pain and anguish to overcome – long denied grief that had become poisonous.  Though it was compelling to watch and wait as Max slowly wears down Renata, proving there is more to them than just her fears.  I did enjoy their passionate and heart wrenching journey.  A-

The Snows of Windroven by Jeffe Kennedy was absolutely stunning.  As a fan of her Twelve Kingdoms series, I was thrilling to be revisiting Ami and Ash (especially catching up on the little ones; Asher and Stella).  Though their end of their novel gave them a happily ever after – it was implied that it was certainly not a forever.  Ms. Kennedy gifted us with their sealed in platinum and covered in concrete HEA!  Though it was more their declining relationship that was the focal point, I enjoyed the ramifications in the mythology that conveyed hints for future novels in the series.  A+

If you want some solid fantasy romance escape, you definitely should pick up Amid the Winter Snow.  All four stories are intriguing, gripping, and passionately written.  Perfect to warm the heart and soul during this chilly time of year.

My Rating:  A, Loved It

About the Book:

As the snows fall and hearths burn, four stories of Midwinter beginnings prove that love can fight its way through the chillest night…

THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven

The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison

In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter

When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN, by Jeffe Kennedy

As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…

Release Date: December 12, 2017
Publisher:
Brightlynx Publishing
Series:
Elder Races/Moonshadow series, The Irin Chronicles series, The Twelve Kingdoms
Genre:
Fantasy, Romance, novella
Format(s):
e-book
Book Source: Author

Purchase Info:
Amazon

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