Amid the Winter Snow
Jeffe Kennedy and Others
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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…
A little fantasy for the season!
THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT - GRACE DRAVEN - (5 stars)
This was unexpectedly lovely. I haven't read anything by Ms. Draven before, though I have her two books on my TBR list, and now I know why everyone raves about them! This story spans several Delyalda seasons, over more than a decade, giving plenty of time for the relationship to become believable. I loved young Jahna and the woman she becomes, and Radimar was just plain swoon. I believe it’s set in the same series as her other books, so that definitely made me bump them higher on my TBR list!
THE CHOSEN - THEA HARRISON - (3 stars)
This is more like a 3.5 stars... but since I hate giving half-stars, I rounded down. This story had a lot of promise, but the insta-love really turned me off. Plus, it's like weird fantasy cliche soup - there's weather magic and telepathy and healing magic and ... Chef Boyardee? I did like Lily, and I thought the humor was very well done. I've read two of Ms. Harrison's books before and was also kind of meh on them, so I think the author just isn't my cup of tea.
THE STORM - ELIZABETH HUNTER - (2 stars)
I think I would have rated this a lot higher if I'd had prior knowledge of this series. While I liked the relationship between Renata and Max, there was just SO. MUCH. ELSE. going on that I was constantly taken away from the romance to puzzle over everything else. There's libraries? scribes? archangels? Grigori, who are part human, and are evil, except wait they aren't... I enjoyed the writing style so I think I'll put the first book in the series on my TBR.
THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN - JEFFE KENNEDY - (4 stars)
Lovely. This was also part of a series, but I found it easier to follow along with, especially since it was told in first person. Ami annoyed the heck out of me at first, but Ash's obvious and deep love of her won me over. I get super smooshy over damaged heroes, so this was catnip for me. Plus, I was fascinated by the whole widow/stepfather relationship. I'll be adding this series to my TBR list as well!
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
An excellent anthology!
“In the Darkest Midnight” by Grace Draven
A fascinating tale of a girl often stared at, and tormented by petty people for her looks. She has an innate strength, built upon by a swordmaster who includes her in her brother’s training. I love reading about the country’s legends, and stories of those who experienced its history. Great reading and a sweet love story!
“The Chosen” by Thea Harrison
What a splendid midwinter tale. It is well-written, with richly woven intrigue, and is truly romantic! Magic is used for good and for ill throughout. Which side will prevail?
Lily is an extraordinary young woman. Guided by the Goddess from a very tender age, she now carries responsibility for the well-being of her people. She knows she will need to choose wisely between two men. She is strong in her faith, bold enough to ask for what she desires, wise enough to choose the right time to act. Wulf is watchful, strong, determined, well prepared for battle, needing to avenge his brother’s death and the violation of his country. See what happens when these two are brought together. Excellent reading!
“The Storm” by Elizabeth Hunter
Because I am unfamiliar with the Irin world, I found it rather confusing in the beginning. Once into the story a bit more, it drew me inexorably on.
Renata’s and Maxim’s stories are intense and the resolution highly satisfying. A midwinter treasure!
“The Snows of Windroven” by Jeffe Kennedy
Amelia is Queen of Avonlidgh. Ash, her lover, is a half-breed ex-convict. With the queen’s twins and entourage, they are making an ill advised trip to Windroven for the celebration of the Feast of Moranu.
Ami and Ash are masters of miscommunication! One feels unworthy; it doesn’t matter to the other one. They each decide to do what they think the other wants. Traveling like this through winter snows is fraught with danger. Even the castle itself has hidden threats. Although it took a bit of time to orient myself in the story, I really enjoyed the developing relationships between Ami, Ash and the young twins.
Great fantasy holiday collection!
I loved Ms. Thea Harrison’s The Chosen in Amid the Winter Snow. If you’ve read her other series, this one is set entirely in the Elder Realms. If you haven’t read any of her books, don’t worry, this story stands alone. The world building was great. With most short stories, I have to set aside my initial resistance with the quick relationships. In The Chosen, both characters have such a strong sense of self that it worked out well and I was swept along. Highly recommend if you are looking for a romance, good worldbuilding, set in a winter landscape. While I was new to the other authors’ in the anthology, I enjoyed each of the stories and definitely will be checking out their other works.
- Category: Paranormal
- Published: Dec 12, 2017
- Publisher: Jeffe Kennedy
- Seller: Smashwords
- Print Length: 602 Pages
- Language: English