Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw

review by Maryom

Kate Winters' parents died when she was young and her uncle Artemis has brought her up in the northern town of Morvane, far away from the troubled capital city. Helping out in his bookshop, Kate believed herself to be safe. Then the Wardens arrive to conscript soldiers for the country's on-going war and Kate's world is turned up-side down. Accompanying the Wardens is a far more dangerous man, Silas Dane, hunting down the Skilled, people who are able to see through the veil dividing life and death. Nothing will stop him in his quest - and he believes Kate is one of these rare people.

Wintercraft is one of those books, already reviewed by the Mole, that I've been wanting to pick up and read for myself. Having recently won a giveaway of the third Wintercraft book, I decided it was time to stop thinking about it and get on with it!

 I'm always a little worried when approaching a book that I've been wanting to read for a long while - will it live up to my expectations or fall flat? I needn't have worried - Wintercraft is a brilliant read from the very first page! Yes, Kate is one of those heroines (or heroes) so often found in fantasy novels, with a special talent that someone evil wants to benefit from, but the world she inhabits is totally original and the storyline evolves in unexpected but believable ways. It's a rather dark fantasy and maybe not one for the easily spooked.

I just felt that occasionally Kate let herself be swept along and influenced by others a bit too much - hopefully as the series progresses, she'll become a more confident self-determining heroine.

Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Headline
Genre - fantasy, teen

Buy Wintercraft: Legacy from Amazon

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