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The Winter King

(Weathermages of Mystral #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  10,693 ratings  ·  975 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 595 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Avon
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread! 💕


I'm so in love with this book! I love Wynter who is the King of Wintercraig. I love that he is an ice king with some abilities. I love that his wilderness companions are wolves. He's everything! Two of my favorite things: WINTER & WOLVES

So this twat of a prince from Summerlea comes over to visit Wyn and he ends up stealing some important things, well one was not so important, and kills his brother, so this sets off a 3 year war. Wyn does some things to make himself stronger and ful
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

C.L. Wilson writes Fantasy Romance like nobody’s business.

I discovered Wilson’s Tairen Soul series a little over a year ago through a Goodreads’ recommendation, and I read all five books in five days.

All five books. In five days.

And they weren’t filler books either. They were all 400(ish) page FANTASY books.

When I finished my reading binge, I was glad to see that another book was in the works—The Winter King (this book), and I’ve had itworks—The
I tried to think of a way to review this book I tried and failed. How do you review something that left your heart thumping, your brow sweating, and your soul singing ? There are no words worthy of this feeling. I loved this book, I loved the world, the characters and even the villains. I hated the villains one completely, true unwavering hate for a certain father figure. It was so nice to have a completely evil force to focus on without those wavering good deeds mixed in. Do not judge this book ...more
Parvati Patil

Kindle Unlimited in some territories. Sadly not the UK, but £1.99 is a good bargain.


Action-packed, great characters. Excellent worldbuilding. Reika and her schemes were over the top, but other than that one of the best I've ever read.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The past few weeks have been really tough for me because my mental health has been playing up again. I haven't been able to enjoy reading the way I used to and that honestly just breaks my heart. I still try to read because I don't want my issues to stop me from doing something I love so much. It's also why I like to come on goodreads because the environment here makes me feel better. And even though I find it difficult to read myself, I like knowing that other people are reading and enjoying bo ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Romantasy!!! It is my favorite genre loved my reread with my friends at Buddies Books and Baubles

Original Review Aug 2014

Finally!!! A great Adult High Fantasy with both a wonderful romance and fantastic plot/world this is two of my favorite genre’s combined.

The Story - Wynter the king of Wintercraig was betrayed by his fiancé and the Falcon the Prince of Summerlea. Wynter in his sadness took in a powerful magic that could destroy him and plunged both countries into war. Now three years later he has won the war but may
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantasy
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with my friends at BB&B! Because we love Fairy tales!!!

This is exactly what it looks like - a fairy tale for adults, which we also call Romantasy! In short - a fantastic tale of the battle between good and evil set on the background of romance, promising Happily Ever After and on the way getting steamy with the main characters getting busy...

"...“What had come over her? He'd touched her, and it was like electric flame -- like the lightning she could summo
Aisling Zena

Re-read 28/12/2015

5 stars

Do not let the 80s, slightly Fabionesque, cover of this book fool you! We tend to categorise now based on the cover, if it's urban fantasy it's usually a badass woman with some sort of weapon, if it's shifters you have an animal mixed in with the people and so on.

For me this is the kind of book you can't class based on cover. You think you're getting a historical romance with a shot of magic featuring a silly heroine and a wishy-washy knight in shiny armor. Well, you don't. This book is pure de28/12/2015
Jul 29, 2011 added it
Oh my God yes! I must read this book, I want more CL Wilson! But I wish she'd make another Tairen Soul book! One with Gaelen and Bel and Kiel and Kieran!!
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Great Fantasy Book*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 21.01.2018
For those of you that haven't read this great fantasy book, definitely should do it. It's a great story of love, honor, friendship, legends and war. About finding a place you belong, your home and becoming who you are meant to be. I seriously recommend this book. The Winter King centers around King of Wintercraig, Wynter ‘Wyn’ Crystalin Boreal Atrialan (how old? Late twenties? Early thirties?) and Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, Angelica Mariposa Rosalind Khamsin ‘Kham’ ‘Stor
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
5 Fairytale Stars


I love you more than the sunrise. More than laughter. More than song [...] I love you more than any man in the history of Mystral ever loved...


Love, warlords, magic, strange lands, lies, loyalties, family, heartbreak. C L Wilson weaves a fantastic tale that has your soul sighing and you eyes teary. I absolutely adore her books and I can't wait for more!

Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Goddamn I loved this book....

Meet Kham
She went through so much shit but still so headstrong and fierce. And who doesn’t love a lili bloodthirsty heroine?


“She was a daughter of the Sun, capable of warmth, but just as capable of fire and lethal volatility.”
As a summer baby, I love this description so much Imma embroider it on a pillow


Meet Wynter, King of Wintercraig. Like jesus christ guy it combines my two favorite things WI
Bindi Boo
5 absolute brilliant stars

An AMAZING historical, paranormal romance with SO MUCH action, drama and feels. This book was just what i needed to get out of my book slump. It made my gut twist, it made me smile and most of all, it made me FEEL! The chemistry between the main characters was just out of this world and i especially loved how they eventually start trusting each other despite being enemies and having lingering doubts. The heroine had balls of steel and an unmatched wit, my fa
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Holy shit. Quite possibly the best book I've ever read.

To be honest, I probably never would have chosen this book had I stumbled upon it on my own. The cover just doesn't look or feel like the kind of book I'd enjoy. (It looks like some sort of cheesy, soap opera historical romance?) But I decided to pick it up because someone recommended this book to fans of A Promise of Fire and I ADORED that book so I bought this one without question.

I think I loved this even more.
Final rating: 5/5 stars

“I love you more than the sunrise. More than laughter. More than song...”

Magic and Kingdoms; War and Peace; Lightning and Ice; Love and Hate; Legends that might as well be true.Summer and Winter shall unite to stop the war: Storm and Ice - Khamsin and Wynter.

Neither of them are perfect :

♦♦♦ Khamsin : strong, dependable, quick temper, reckless, brave, but broken. Princess forc:
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, all-time-fav
5 FANTASTIC FAIRYTALE STARS!!! By far one of the best books I've ever read!!! It had everything!!! EVERYTHING!!! This book would be a phenomena of epic proportions if it weren't for the cheesy cover. I'm sure of it!!! Dare I say this book is better than Game of Thrones??! C.L. Wilson is genius!!!! I want the TV series, the movie, play, something. Lol. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Lyndi W.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Disappointing. That's the best word I can come up with to describe my feelings towards this book. I expected something epic and fantastical, in the same vein as the Tairen Soul series. What I got was... not that.

The plot is great - that's the saving grace here. The characters are shit. I hated the heroine. I hated the hero. I hated all the various villains. I even hated the secondary characters that only had a few lines. They were all shitty people that do shitty things and it was just sh
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was good! I have heard great things about this book since its release date. I am really not sure why I waited so long to pick it up. I am glad that I listened to all of the recommendations and finally read this wonderful story. I was swept away into this world and fell in love with the characters. It was the kind of book that I didn't want to put down. I really enjoyed reading this story.

Wynter, the King of Winter
Melanie A.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, favorites
She was no meek, domesticated lamb of a woman any more than he was a tame or gentle man.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one! There's definitely something to be said for traditionally published, mass marketed books - the lack of typos, the well-developed characters, and the on-point plots. These kinds of books just come down to the individual readers' tastes, and YAY! The Winter King tickled my fancy!

Wynter, King of Wintercraig, enters Summerlea victorious after 3 years of brutal war meant to avenge
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good!!! This was an epic read. Loved the fantasy, adventure, romance and intrigue. Had a great time reading it.
Stacey is Sassy
When Storm meets Ice.

Sometimes a book comes into your life and you get completely sucked in. C.L. Wilson has captured my attention with a book that will stay with me for days. Her characters came alive. I was living in Summerlea and watching Khamsin sneak around the servants and guards. I was watching Wynter turn frostier and frostier with every use of his power. I wanted to hold lightning in my hands. I survived heartbreak, suffering and misery. I lived for my chance at love, friendship and loyalty. A family was the o
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I came across this book by looking at the similar books section on the page of The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley. After taking a chance on the new sub-genre for me with that book, I enjoyed it so much that I thought I should try this one. I'm glad I did. It's definitely a different sub-genre for me, but that's not a bad thing! I like to mix it up every once in a while in hopes of avoiding that dreaded book slump. I enjoyed the characters, and while the world building was/>Overall
I didn't like this book because:

·Khamsin and Wynter,
·the main characters never really talked, so they could get to know each other, to find something else to fall in love with besides amazing skill in the bedroom,
·corny conversations in the end,
·cheesy plot,
·Khamsin's purpose as a baby-making machine,
·Wynter's distrust of Khamsin even after she saved his ass time and time again,
·it's about 300 pages too long,
·even though it's
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This hero freaking growls men away from the heroine. I was sold!!
Lover of Romance
Wynter, the king of Wintercraig, devoted his time and energy to building up his kingdom, and trying to work with their southern neighbors: Summerlea. But then the prince of Summerlea stole his bride and killed his brother, and for three years he has battled with his enemies and now he has won and will take a bride of one of the precious daughters of the summer king. What he doesn't know is that there is a fourth daughter, one who can save him from the ice heart that is slowly consuming him. Kham ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Silvana by: Ash *Sugarfoot* Brooke
4.5 Stars

This book is a clear example of why you should never judge the book by its cover; hate the cover, adore the story.


I admit looking at this book and wanting to give it a pass, I’m glad I didn’t. This is one story that I will reread again and again, a great example why we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; the words, the plot and the characters were something I’m glad that I got to read and experience, nothing but pure joy.

4.5 Stars

This book is a clear example of why you should never judge the book by its cover; hate the cover, adore the story.


I admit looking at this book and wanting to give it a pass, I’m glad I didn’t. This is one story that I will reread again and again, a great example why we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; the words, the plot and the characters were something I’m glad that I got to read and experience, nothing but pure joy.


The book was long, yet not once did I feel it was overdrawn. It allowed for such great character development and the connection between the two main characters to deepen over time. Wynter and Kham go through a tumultuous relationship, they two of the most awesome couples I’ve read about, due mainly to the heroine. Her strength, endurance and pure heart resonated with me. They both fought their own battles and faced many obstacles not only against plotting villains, but also for him to regain his trust in others and her to make him see her for what she is , a woman of great character.

“Wynter of the Craig would never take another woman to wife.
Because when snow wolves mated, they mated for life.
“Whatever you do, Khamsin, don’t betray me,” he whispered. “Don’t ever betray me.”

“Afterward, he’d watched her with the strangest expression on his face. As if he was beholding something . . . precious.
Kham ran her hands over her face, letting her fingers linger on her passion-swollen lips. She’d never been precious to anyone”

The villains in this book are very despicable, not only because of the evil they unleash, but due to the fact that one of them happens to be the father of the heroine; Someone who should love her and protect her yet instead subjects her to mental and physical abuse.

The author manages to grab my attention even with some slow-paced parts, her gentle style of writing suits our protagonists despite their stormy nature. I recommend this book, for anyone who is looking for a strong and lovable heroine, an equally endearing hero and great storytelling.

“She was his wife, his queen, his mate. His heart."
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.5 Summerlass Stars

And this author does it again...she writes another book that I carry with me while cooking, cleaning, working just about anything.

Even though I found Wyn to be annoying at times with his doubtful thoughts and paranoia, this story won me over.

Storm is a perfect heroine and I have to reiterate that Ms. Lewis' female characters are TO DIE FOR.

I don't think she could write a better lead than her females....perfect in every way.

This sto
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this author's Tairen Soul series up through the third book. While I enjoyed the first two books of the series, my enthusiasm waned during the third book. I never completed the series because I found the pacing to be somewhat glacial and the villain to be rather uninspired.

Still I liked the writer's voice and was glad to see that she had written a new book completely separate from that other series.

The plot of the book is very familiar. Two kingdoms, Summerlea and W
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“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.” 21 likes
“What had come over her? He'd touched her, and it was like electric flame -- like the lightning she could summon -- shooting sparks through her veins. She'd all but melted, boneless, at his feet. He was the Winter King, her enemy, a man feared for his killing coldness, yet when he'd touched her, she had not frozen. She'd burned.” 12 likes
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