Title: The Winter King
Author: C.L. Wilson
Series: Weathermages of Mystral, book 1
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Publisher: Avon (July 29th )
Source: Review copy from publisher
Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.
After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.
The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.
The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of whom he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.
I’ve been a fan of C.L. Wilson since the moment I discovered The Tairen Soul series. I love that series so much that I have not only read the books twice, I have also listened to the audiobooks. Saying I was excited about reading The Winter King is the understatement of the year and I’m happy to inform you, C.L. Wilson didn’t disappointed me.
The blurb explains pretty well what this book is about, saying more will be giving everything away, so I won’t add more to it.
C.L. Wilson always delivers multilayered and well-developed characters. That’s the case for main and secondary characters alike in The Winter King.
The heroine, Khamsin Coruscate, grew up being hated by her father (the Summer King) who blames her for her mother’s death. He kept her away from her family and from court; but that didn’t deter Khamsin to find happiness in little things and to the best with her circumstances. Those close to her know her for her sweetness, inner strength, courage and noble heart.
Kham was a bit naïve at times, but it was easily understood because of her upbringing and lack of socialization. Despite her shortcomings she was easy to connect with and to cheer for.
The hero, Wynter Atrialan, was a sweet and caring man, but the actions of the Prince of Summerlea changed his heart and made him live for revenge. As a leader he’s stupendous, but as romantic interest he had his inadequacies. Wynter was betrayed once, a betrayal that left him damage for life. Years has passed since that event, still he finds it very difficult to trust others, especially Khamsin, his enemies’ daughter and sister.
Khamsin and Wynter were attracted to each other since before they knew who was who, but years of hatred between their kingdoms have left its scars making their relationship complicated to say the least.
Kham and Wyn are perfect for each other; the only problem is the lack of trust and problems with miscommunication. Their attraction sizzle the pages and leads to very smexy scenes.
It was impossible not to like them together and wish them their HEA.
The secondary characters are many and all great. One thing I really like was that Khamsin’s sisters (the Seasons) were good, they love Kham despite their father’s orders and tried to protect her.
Another secondary character I really liked was Merimydion, he was smart, fun and all around just awesome. I’m really hoping he will be the hero in next book, The Sea King.
The world building is good; there are different kingdoms with different characteristics, different kind of people, different magic and different dangers. Mrs. Wilson gives us enough to have a clear image of the world, without bombarding us with unnecessary information. She also gives us glimpses of other places that I really hope she will delve more in books to come.
If you like romantic fantasy The Winter King is a book you need to read; just be ready to have many hours free because this book is long and after starting it you won’t be able to put it down.
The Winter King is romantic fantasy at its best. C.L. Wilson has done it again; she gave us a book (and a series) that I’m sure will forever have a special place in our shelves and in our hearts.
I’m eagerly looking forward to read next book in this series, The Sea King.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
The Winter King (July 29th)
The Sea King (TBA)
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