An epic new fantasy romance from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author C. L. Wilson.
After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.
Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom - and her first taste of overwhelming passion.
As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion - she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.
©2014 C.L. Wilson (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
I would have liked to give this book 5 stars, but the performance was painful to listen to, so Much of the time! I found it very stilted at times, with stress on wrong words so often that it really grated, detracting from the interesting story. At times it was narrated beautifully, the diction was clear, but too often it became sing song, using the same musical notes repeated in the same order over & over. Accents for different characters were not always consistent.
The story itself was quite interesting, covering a mythical world set presumably in Medieval times, in somewhere similar to Europe.
The main Royal characters have mystical powers, there are vengeful Gods, war, love, treachery, caring, betrayal. Twists and turns everywhere, with a predictable ending.
I think this is a book that, for me, would have been better read.
A different narrator would have made it a much better listen, I feel.
"Magnificent Story; annoying narration"
It was a refreshing story and continued that way from cover to cover.
The plot was good, if a bit predictable. I enjoyed the character development and, as always, a strong female in the story line.
I've purchased books with her narration before and her inflection is distracting and monotonous.
"Absolutely wonderful story!"
I listened to all the Tairen Soul books and enjoyed them immensely. Like a lot of people I kept putting off The Winter King because the cover was so lame. But, I do like a long book and I just couldn't pass up 21 hours of a C. L. Wilson story and am so glad I finally spent that credit, I really loved every element of book. l finished it in 2 days (and most of one night :o). It has suspense, adventure, well drawn characters, excellent plot, and a perfect hero and heroine, not to mention Ms. Wilson can write some dame fine love scenes, and she's not stingy with them either. I will definitely read this book again and can't wait to follow it with the next book in the Weathermages series, The Sea King, which comes out at the end of this month. We met the Sea King at the end of the book and I believe he may give Winter a run for his money as quite the sexy hero. So forget the dumb cover and enjoy!
"A DELICIOUS FANTASTICAL FAIRYTALE FOR ADULTS"
I loved C L Wilson's Tairen Soul series so I knew that she had a gift when it comes to creating magical worlds, fantastical complex plots and romantic stories and she didn't let me down with this, her new Mystral series of standalone books which are about the lands of the Weathermages.
This is about two of those magical lands... Summerlea and Wintercraig and the treachery that resulted in murder, revenge, hatred, betrayal and destruction and 3 years of War that was forced upon them. And because of all that there is a powerful treaty brutally imposed upon a strong, feisty and fierce Heroine (Princess Khamsin) and a demanding, cold, bitter, and tortured Hero (King Wynter). However, neither one expected the attraction, the lust, the powerful passion, the soul connection and the strong deep love that eventually emerged. But there's so so much more to this plot too and I won't spoil this enchanting and enjoyable story for you.
An action-packed exciting story full of suspense, mystery, interesting secondary characters, challenges, battles, betrayal, fantastical creatures, imaginative world-building imagery, a passionate sizzling chemistry, sex and a slow to ignite love story.
Worth the credit? If you're a fan of fantasy love stories that will capture your imagination and carry you off to mythical magical lands then this is a must for you (as it was for me) and YES, when you're in the mood for a FAIRYTALE, it doesn't come better than this very creditworthy listen.
This book is brilliant it takes two very different seeming people and smashes them together, only to find out that they are actually very simular. The plot is fast paced with action and humor, so you will find yourself enchanted by the characters in this book.
"A very original and enjoyable read!"
I have only listened to the Audio version but I believe I would enjoy both.
Listening to the Winter King and his new Wife fall in love with each other after not knowing each other or wanting to get married at all.
She brings emotion to her voice and makes the story come alive.
Forced into Love is still Love.
I really enjoyed listening to this story!. I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for a unbiased review. Thankyou!
"Everything any reader could hope for"
Enthralling, gripping.... a story that is impossible to put down. Lewis is an amazing weaver ... able to make you see what is written word.
"Great book, waiting for the next one."
I have listened to it twice.
Storm, she is a strong female character and a badass.
I have been waiting for them to add the next audio book for a long time. I am not sure if they plan to or not but why add the first book and not the rest of a series?
I couldn't put it down. I cried and laughed and truly enjoyed this book. Would love to see a follow-up book.
"Don't judge a book by its cover"
I over looked this book many times because of its cover but finally out of share desperation I purchased it and was pleasantly surprised. This book is one of the best I have read rather listened to in a long time. It has a strong storyline and the performance was excellent. Look past the cover and give this book a try.
"I Couldn't Put it Down"
My absolute favorite character is Storm. Storm and Winter should be like oil and water; they never truly mix. But Storm never tries to be anything other than who and what she is. Strong, magical and a woman very much in love with her King.
I fully enjoy listening to Ms. Wilde. She always makes the characters and the worlds created by the authors leap right off the page into the very space I occupy.
"Overall good but way too many 'dilemmas'"
I liked the premise of the book. The adventure was good and Wilson obviously puts a lot of effort into building the world that this is set in. On the whole I liked the character and their motivations.
However, there are way too many dilemmas and problems that crop up, as well as this, there are so many enemies, I think about 4/5, which means that the story tended to drag while these problems were being dealt with. I found myself having to stop listening for a while and build up to listening because there were so many incidents where Winters distrust of Camsyn essentially gets the better of him- these were frustrating and actually a little boring. If Wilson had concentrated on one or two enemies and cut out some of these sub plots then it would have been really good. Having said that, it was entertaining and I would recommend it.
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