The Queen in Winter (Twelve Houses #1.5)
USA Today bestselling author Claire Delacroix delivers an enchanting tale of a gifted seer who receives a vision of a man whom she was not meant to marry, but was meant to love.
USA Today bestselling author Lynn Kurland spins a story of a...more
Lynn Kurland's "A Whisper of Spring" was fine. It was a bit of a romp love story between a human and a fairy. I was pleased that she was active in her rescue and didn't sit around wailing while the men did all the work. However, the flashbacks of the two first seeing each other were rather irritating....more
Lynn Kurland's "A Whisper of Spring" just bored me; it was full of gorgeous, powerful people, none of whom were interesting, in a very generic fantasy world, and the romance, between a Powerful Sorcerer King and a Beautiful Elvish Princess, was unconvincing.
Sharon Shinn's "When Winter Comes" was better;...more
Three weeks after the birth her sister Sosie takes her and the mystic baby from their fathers house and they set out in the middle of winter to find the mystic Senneth told them would take them in.
On the way though they are discovered by the Sisters of the Moon - who kill mystics. Luckily the just-too-perfect son of on of the twelve houses is riding throu...more
When Winter Comes by Sharon Shinn
This is the story of Sosie, a character found in Mystic & Rider. Sosie and her sister Annie are forced to leave their childhood home when Annie gives birth to a mystic baby. Annie is unwell and not entirely herself and soon the responsibility fal...more
#1: Another background story of the Nine Kingdoms! Yeah! Unfortunately, while the best story in the book, it isn't as good as the other NK stories.
#2: Okay, but unfulfilling.
#3: Sorry, stupid retelling of Snow Queen fairy tale.
#4: Murder mystery, but who cares.
Lynn Kurland’s work makes me feel like I’m 14 again and dreaming of falling in love. Her stories are sweet and comforting, and I love her heroines. I
also loved revisiting The Nine Kingdoms and their intricate lore onc...more
Symon of Neroche is sitting in his home, which is more of a hunting lodge, contemplating the problems from the north of his kindgom when in walks an unexpected guest. An elf, banished from his homeland, comes asking for help in rescuing his sister, Iolaire - princess of Ainneamh.
Iolaire was stolen from her home, banished by default for leaving - regardless if it's against her will - and stuck in Lothar, the black mage of W...more
"A Whisper of Spring" by Lynn Kurland
I purchased this book specifically for this novella by Lynn Kurland. The novella is set in the same world as the Nine Kingdoms series, but in the past at the beginning of the kingdom of Neroche. It is the story of Symon of Neroche and Iolaire of that-impossible-to-pronounce-or-spell-Elf-kingdom.
Given that there was only a passing mention of Ehrne in the main series, I was tickled to learn more about what he was like. I found him...more
And it was fun. The first story, A Whisper of Spring, was by Lynn Kurland and it was a tale of a kidnapped elven princess and a wizard human prince who goes to rescue her. Nothing especially deep, but I just loved it. I liked the characters and the storytelling itself. I wish it had bee...more
This time the protector is a woman, older than her (former) lover, but it's the same dynamic. The setting is like Heyer's night in a hostelry. Sebastian from the Labyrinth novels is in it, though it is set in Norvena, with locations like Zauberhof as smart refe...more
My personal favorite was Claire Delacroix's "The Kiss of the Snow Queen," Which took Hans Christian Anderson's well-known fairytale and gave a slight tweak here and there.
The stories work well together and is a nice collection of romantic fantasy.
The others did not match in quality or tone. A cute but unconvincing faery story, a less cute and even less convincing story about a medieval seer being manipulated by a strangely modern imp/demon, and a mildly interesting fantasy murder mystery in a mildly interesting world, that may be more interesting to those...more
I loved the second story so much that immediately upon finishing it, I looked for a way to stay in the world she created. Lucky for me, there is a series of books called The Twelve Houses Series, which is now on my to read list. Excellent!
2/10/14 Oh yeah, that's right. Thank you, amazon seller, for your $.01 + shipping copy that is now in my eager little hands. Will be reading the Mystic and Rider story as soon as I'm done with book 3.