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Wintercraft (Wintercraft #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,544 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Ten years ago Kate Winters' parents were taken by the High Council's wardens to help with the country's war effort.

Now the wardens are back...and prisoners, including Kate's uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane - the High Council's most feared man - recognises Kate as on
Paperback, 278 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Headline Book Publishing
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The Holy Terror
*4.5 Stars* What an incredibly fascinating and unique world Burtenshaw has created. I honestly can't believe that this is her first book. I was completely enthralled after reading just the first chapter, and the story grabs onto you and doesn't let go until the last page.

Kate Winters lives in Morvane on the island of Albion, where she works in her Uncle's bookstore. When she was five her town was harvested by the wardens; people were collected and rounded up to be sold as slaves or to become so
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Wintercraft is a debut novel, which has had quite a lot of buzz leading up to it's publication date. The cover is awesome and I was very much looking forward to reading this book which is being marketed as an alternative to vampires and angels, and I was definitely up for something refreshing and new.

Although Wintercraft is a solid debut, with good writing and a flowing plot, it didn't blow me away. The landscape in Wintercraft is vibrant and descriptions of places and scenes are well thought ou
You would think that being able to bring a bird back to life would be a good thing. For Kate that life could be the death of her.

Kate Winters has been living a quiet life in her small town with her uncle Artemis, content as the village booksellers. But their sleepy little town is overdue for a visit from the harvesters, wardens from the city of Fume who abduct people and sell them as servants and soldiers for the war front. The most hunted and prized prisoners are the Skilled, humans with the a
I read only 186 pages, but I can say that just LOVED Silas.

He is tall, dark, mysterious, dead (yeah... dead as a doornail... nobody is perfect).... the men of your dreams!!!

But only this character wasn't enough to captivated me.
Maybe was the public to which the books was written (it's a YA book) or the fact that the "walk on the land of the dead" thing was written to much similar to the wonderful book of Garth Nix Lirael Daughter of the Clayr (The Abhorsen Trilogy, #2) by Garth Nix... I don't known exactly what make me abandon this book, but certainly if readi
A spellbinding supernatural story that delicately interweaves ancient magic and spinechilling suspense

This gothic creation is utterly breathtaking, with such a colorful mix of interesting characters that are greatly memorable and likeable. Wintercraft is the first installment within a spectacular Young Adult fantasy trilogy, with ‘Blackwatch’ (book 2) and ‘Legacy’ (book 3) continuing Kate’s journey. I did feel that this book contained elements within that would appeal to readers who enjoy books
Jan 09, 2012 Anila rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anila by: Cillian Beyond Birthday
Shelves: reviewed
Hmmmmm. I think the best word to sum up how this book felt to me is 'terse'. It's a solid debut, and an interesting take on necromancy, but the plot moved so quickly that it sort of blurred before my eyes. The settings were fascinating and richly described, but shifted too swiftly. I actually think this would work wonderfully in a visual medium - there's a lot of atmosphere in those descriptions that would be lovely to watch on a screen.

As far as characters went, I didn't really connect to most
Leanne Bell
I really really loved this book, the story was original and the characters were absolutely fantastic to read about.
In summary, the plot appears to mainly revolve around the characters of Kate and Silas. Kate is one of the skilled who can see into the Veil and Silas, at least at first glance, appears to be the classic anti-hero who turns everything upside down for Kate.
As the story progresses though, it becomes obvious that there are other people at work who want Kate's extraordinary abilities fo
I went into Shadowcry with no expectations whatsoever. Sure I’d seen a handful of reviews but I still didn’t really know what to expect from the author, the characters, or the setting. I was pleasantly surprised by Shadowcry and while I didn’t end up loving it, I will definitely be checking out the sequels.

The setting is what really made Shadowcry so awesome and gripping. The cities of Morvane and Fume (especially the underground city in Fume) are unlike any I have read about. They are not fanta
Serendipity Reviews
From the first paragraph, you are aware that you are about to embark on a dark and dangerous journey into a Gothic world where the dead and the living are only separated by a thin 'veil'. Kate Winters has the ability to bring life and death together and everyone wants to use her ability, stopping at nothing to get to her. Kate is thrust into a terrifying ordeal from the first few pages of the book and there is no time for her to catch a breath as she sets out to save her uncle Artemis, who has b ...more
I have mixed feelings about Wintercraft. After taking time to think about it, to me Wintercraft is a novel that has a whole lot of great ideas that just does not quite make it when it comes to putting them all together.

There were a number of things that Wintercraft does really well. There is some really fantastic world-building here, coupled with some great description. The world of Wintercraft is a world tied (at least historically) to the dead, and that issue and concept of the other side is h
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originally reviewed here

In Wintercraft, we meet Kate Winter’s, a young girl living with her uncle tending to a small bookstore not realizing that she is one of the Skilled and that she is wanted by many. One day, Kate and her uncle notice hundreds of birds flying over their small town; suddenly, the birds all plummet to their death and Artemis warns Kate to hide because he knows that the birds are a sign that the wardens have come. Kate has been given little to no information on the wardens, sa
There really is something special about Kate. What exactly is so special and what will she do with it? Kate meets next to no one who has any good intentions in this book. It is full of bad decisions and wrong turns. Though you can't really blame her. She is trying to do the best with what is given her. And as the book unfolds it seems she has only one dead end after another.

Oh my goodness! Please, let me take this train ride all over again. Seriously a masterful book. The book was just as specta
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jenna Burtenshaw's Shadowcry has been on my radar for quite some time, ever since a friend read it and loved it. With a review copy of book three in hand, I've embarked on the full series, always a risky venture, yet one that I can't resist. Obviously, I have will power issues. Shadowcry stands unique from the bulk of young adult fiction, but, thus far, isn't the ideal read for me personally.

As I say over and over again, what really makes me interested in a book are the characters. Whether I lov
Yolanda Sfetsos
Kate Winters lives in Morvane with her uncle. They have a small bookstore that does okay, and are left alone to do their business. Kate has a best friend called Edgar. He's shy, loyal, and helps out at the bookstore. Everything in her life is peaceful, even if she did lose her parents the last time wardens stormed the town.

And now, the wardens have returned. The day they storm into Morvane, Kate's peaceful life gets thrown into chaos. While hiding in the basement with her uncle and Edgar, she re
Lyndsey O'Halloran
In Morvane, while getting ready to open her Uncle Artemis' bookstore on the busiest day of the year, Kate Winters doesn't realise that her whole life is about to change. Wardens from the High Council raid the town, lead by Silas Dane, a notorious killer, in order to find something that they want. One of the Skilled, someone who can see between the veil of life and death. Morvane has been left alone for a long time but now, the Wardens and Silas know exactly who they want. Kate.

When Kate and Art
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Anticipation for this UK debut novel has been building steadily all year and, while Wintercraft didn't quite live up to my high expectations, I did enjoy it. There doesn't seem to be a lot of YA fantasy around these days, so to find something new and as well written as this was a big plus for me. I've always been into fantasy and magic, and it was Wintercraft's premise that initially caught my eye.

Burtenshaw's writing was, in a word, brilliant. When reading, I could really tell she has a talent,
Sep 04, 2010 Larissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Albion was a country at war. It was a war that had been going for so long that no one knew why it had started and few alive could remember a life without it. But war wasn't the only threat. Kate had always been taught to be prepared for the wardens, but it had been ten years since they had come to her town of Morvane and too many had become complacent. So no one was prepared when the wardens returned.

But with the wardens came another threat, Silas Dane, a deadly killer and a man determined to hu
Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews)
This has also been posted on my blog, Clover Hill Book Reviews.

The cover on this drew me in, and had me more curious than ever after I'd read the book synopsis. What you can't see clearly from the Amazon cover above, is that there's also symbols around the outside of the dome.

I couldn't wait to read this, so it didn't. There's not many books that I've jumped up my reading list yet...but this one did :) From the start, the pages grabbed me, urging me to read more....I couldn't put it down. It's
Charlotte Phillips
Is it as good as the second one that I read first, hell yes. In fact it explains a lot of what was actually happening within the second book. The novel itself was grasping and attractive with action and adrenaline. The imagery was alive and it engaged the readers mind to become one with the book so that they were unable to put it down and instead just wanted to carry on reading to find out what happens. I loved the fact that silas was displayed as some sort of evil character in the novel, but fr ...more
Eli Constant
The premise of this book is really unique and attention-grabbing- The idea of 'skilled' individuals that can reach through the 'veil' into the afterlife. The story follows one skilled individual in particular, Kate Winters. Kate is an orphan being raised by her all-too-normal Uncle Artemis, a book keeper in small town outside the graveyard city of Fume. As part of the Winters' family, Kate's parents were privvy to the workings of WinterCraft - a text written by the most gifted of skilled which o ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
The three stars for this book is mostly based on the story and the characters - especially Silas and Kate. Kate, our heroine, is fairly strong and brave, with believable moments of weakness considering her situation. Silas, our villain turned pseudo-ally, made me think of a weird crossing of Kai from Lexx and Snape from Harry Potter.

The secondary characters were a bit more meh, but Edgar certainly had his moments. Artemis was annoying and, as a side point, when I was first introduced to his cha
4,5 stars

Este livro é simplesmente

Este primeiro livro centra-se em dois personagens - Kate Winters e Silas.

Um livro que é literalmente uma receita com muitos ingredientes que no fim formam algo delicioso:

*Kate é uma menina que cedo ficou sem os pais, que foram presos e levados pelos guardas de Albion, tendo sido educada pelo tio- Artemis Winters.
Kate não sabe que é um dos Dotados, até que Silas, um perigoso assassino que todos conhecem e temem, vem à cidade e lança uma armadilha para capturar
When I read the book description, "graveyard city of Fume" was the point where I decided to buy it. I have a thing for graveyards - they're quiet, they can tell a lot of stories, and they can be serene and dangerous at the same time. I always visit a graveyard when I come to a new city. So I was hoping for a lot of descriptions.

And I got them. This book focuses on its setting - on the wintry streets, the tunnels below the graveyards, the magic. There are characters too, and one or two interesti
So I did it. I read a YA fantasy novel and ....... I liked it .....
und certain premises. It is definitely YA so don't expect complicated plots and twists and turns. I read it in just one day.
All in all Jenna Burtenshaw did a good job on her debut novel.

And there is one really intriguing character: Silas Dane. I think he will be the most interesting character for all adult readers.

Read my full review over at Edi's Book Lighthouse.

Anna S.
Jenna Burtenshaw is a great author, as demonstrated by this book. It's her first book as well, and I can't wait to read the sequels. Her purpose is to entertain and entice, which she did. Shadowcry is a page turner.
I think the message was to not trust easily except in yourself. Kate obviously trusted Edgar while in Morvane, and while in Fume she learns his past and his motives. Throughout the book, Kate trusts and mistrusts Silas on and off.
Narratives like this always leave me googling to see if
Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books)
What a perfect read for a lazy day. The story was engaging, though not particularly deep. I didn't feel much connection to the characters, but was easily drawn into the world. It reminded me of a very light version of Sabriel. And Burtenshaw is the master of creating the sympathetic villain. Really enjoyed it. Also liked that it didn't end in a cliffhanger, but still has me wanting the next book. If you aren't in the mood for a series, you could definitely read this as a stand-alone.
Like Eragon with a girl and no dragons, "Shadowcry" is a new, fantasy story of an adolescent who discovers her inherent magic is the key to saving the world.

Kate has always worked in her uncle Artemis' bookstore, surviving in the corrupt world of Albion where no one is safe from the Wardens and the all-powerful council in the capital city of Fume. Albion is at war with every neighboring country because it possesses a singular resource: the Skilled. The Skilled are a group of necromancers who can
*My copy of the book is called Shadowcry. They must have renamed the books when they redesigned the covers.*
Yes the book I am reviewing is by Jenna Burtenshaw. Yes it is the first book in the secrets of wintercraft trilogy.

Let me discribe this book to you without giving away major details and plot information. This world is a mixture of world War two, the Salem Witch Trials, human tafficking, world war one drafts and slavery. Let me describe this a little further in detail for you:

~ WW2: This bo
Samantha S
The general Plot line about Shadowcry is basically about a witch named Kate who's family has been hunted for over 3 centuries. She has special powers that allow her to see things that normal people can't. Which is why a villain named Silas Steals her from her Uncle's book shop after trashing the place. Afterwards, the book gets really repetitive. The possible theme could be darkness, or the true meaning of friendship, seeing as her best friend, Edgar, tries to save her more than once. "You first ...more
The Sweet Bookshelf
Simply Brill! I've not read a book like this before. Had a lot of unique ideas and interesting concepts. I don't want to give anything away so I won't tell you about them....

I really like Silas. Maybe I shouldn't but I do. There is more to him than meets the eye.

Really great debut novel! I'm left wanting more!
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