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The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral Book 1) (utgåvan 2014)

av C. L. Wilson (Författare)

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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 is 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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral Book 1)
Författare:C. L. Wilson (Författare)
Info:Avon (2014), 613 pages
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Taggar:to-read, on-kindle, to-read_romance-smut, on-kindle-smut

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This was a Goodreads recommendation which I almost didn't buy because of the cover. What a mistake that would have been. One of the best romantic fantasies I've read in a while.
Wynter Atrialan is finally wreaking his revenge on the kingdom of Summerlea after three years of warfare with the help of the magical Ice Heart. The Summer prince stole his bride and killed his heir, so Wynter wants recompense in kind. Khamsin Coruscate is the youngest and despised daughter of the king of Summerlea, so her father offers her to replace the lost bride and hopefully the heir. Kham has the weather magic of all the Summerlea princesses but her's is more uncontrollable and stormy. It makes for a volatile relationship with her new husband.
A lot (most?) books are a retelling of the same tropes or scenarios, so I wasn't surprised to find bits relating to the Iliad, the Song of Roland, the Arthurian legends, or Norse folklore in this book. What was astonishing to me was how seamlessly the author incorporated all these bits into such an interesting world. Kham is a hated foreign princess in her new land and as a result, subject to a lot of political machinations. Wyn is often distracted by the demands of his kingdom and suspicious of his new bride. How they finally come together and overcome their trials makes for such a good fantasy story.
I'm already starting the next book in the series and I'm definitely looking for other books by this author. Despite the horrid cover, this is definitely a book worth readking. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jan 23, 2021 |
I started this book at 5pm yesterday and was ignoring everyone this morning until I finished it!!!! Holy shit. Where do I even start?! First off, I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ beautiful freaking stars and this is a perfect example of why we should NEVER judge a book by its cover. I absolutely could not put this book down. I dealt with a downright debilitating book hangover/depression last week after finishing the ACOTAR series (yes, I know. I’m a drama queen, shhhh). This book was just what I needed to pull me right out of that reading slump.
It was the perfect enemies to lovers, action packed, fantasy with magical elements, with a great love story to top it off. The romance element in this was beautifully written with a ton of passion and the perfect amount of steamy smut. There were points in this that I wanted to scream and throw my iPad during the action packed scenes because, wow. Anxiety. I have successfully chewed off all my nails from reading this. ( )
  autumnpressley | Jan 19, 2021 |
How C.L. Wilson managed to pack so much into just 600 pages, I'll never know. This one book read like an entire series, and there wasn't any superfluous material. Everything she included mattered. There were moments my heart was racing so fast that I had to take a break just to calm myself down. This book excited me and hurt me--in a "this book is so good" kind of way--and warmed my heart as thoroughly as Khamsin warmed Wynter's.

The mythology is so intricate and epic; I'm impressed. I can definitely see some Greek and Nordic influences there, and Wilson used them so well. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her work, which I hope will be at least half as excellent.

Also, can we just applaud her for having a pregnant woman basically save the world? Not her big, strong husband. No. A pregnant woman! Perfect.

Read the review on my blog here. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
This book needs to be about 30% shorter. If they left out all the descriptions of everyday things (seriously, I don't need to be told what a mirror is), and maybe cut the number of times Khamsin is referred to as "headstrong" and "tempestuous" by 50%, there would be a mediocre book left in the rubble. As it is, we have a bloated mess with way more pages than plot and two utterly generic Epic Fantasy Romance MCs- he's huge, jacked, grumpy yet noble, and TSTL (Too Stupid To Live), and she's fiery, lots of hair, great tits, and also TSTL. They're gonna have beautiful babies who can't crawl their way out of a paper bag. Most of the conflict revolves around Him Not Trusting Her despite her Total Innocence, while she kills time between bedroom romps by crying about her Improbably Awful Childhood and how it makes her Desperate to be Loved yet Scared to Let Love In.

Also the magic system makes no sense.

Do not recommend. The Tairen Soul quintet by the same author is a much better version of the same thing. ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
"Your father thought he scored a victory over me when he tricked me into marrying you instead of one of your sisters, but he unwittingly gave me the one daughter I wanted most."

It has been a long time since a book has been capable of consuming me so completely. I think my husband thought it was glued to my hands at times, and he wasn't afraid to make little jokes about it. I'm not going to lie... I would disappear on the pretense of housework and he would find me later sitting in the closet, or the bench in our shower, just reading away. We'd laugh, he'd roll his eyes, and I would reluctantly put the book down to continue at a later time (read: stay up way too late once every one else was asleep and then drink entirely too much coffee the next day to make up for it).

I was actually looking for a trashy paranormal romance with a basic story, but what I got was something else entirely. This book has an amazing story with complex characters and the occasional sexy scene (which were wonderful in case you are wondering).

There were a few things about this book that irked me. Khamsin and her sisters are supposed be formidable Seasons, and yet they let their father abuse Khamsin and treat her like garbage. If they are so crazy powerful, why didn't they come together and put a stop to it? I have no doubt that the four of them combined could have easily overpowered their father. It was incredibly frustrating how cruel he could be without consequence.

I also wish that Wynter and Khamsin had connected on an emotional and mental level that was as strong as their physical connection. Honestly, I think they did, but they only ever admitted it to themselves instead of out loud with the other person. I feel like a lot of problems could have been avoided if they had just said what they were thinking.

I would have liked it if the secondary characters had been given a little more of the focus. I found them all to be oh-so-very interesting! Galacia Frey, Krysti, Valik, Bella, Falcon--I feel like they were all developed just enough to feed the overall story, and for the most part we just scratch the surface of who they are as people separate from Wynter and Khamsin. I think there could have been some really interesting information there.

I am so thrilled the second book in the series comes out next month! I know a lot of people have been waiting years, so a month doesn't sound too bad at all. :)

Originally posted on Do You Dog-ear? on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
http://www.doyoudog-ear.com/2017/09/the-winter-king-weathermages-of-mystral.html
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  doyoudogear | Oct 10, 2019 |
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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 is 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.

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