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Shadow of the Winter King (The World of Ruin #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  275 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Assassin

Armed with the voracious sword Frostburn, court slayer Regel Winter once shed the blood of countless foes in service to Orbrin the Winter King.

Oathbreaker

But even the coldest steel cannot save those Regel loves: his beloved Princess Lenalin, her daughter Semana, and the Winter King himself, felled by treachery five years ago.

Shadow

Barely an echo of the man he
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Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by Dragon Moon Press
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Eric Landreneau
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
One thing to know ahead of time is that this book is set in "The World of Ruin." Before you even get into the story, you know that this place has been falling apart for so long that the people living here generally acknowledge it as a fact of life. It is unclear in this book if Ruin is a direct dark force, some sort of intentional malevolent happening, or just an example of the pattern we've seen in our own history; a civilization rises, becomes too bloated, collapses and falls, and on come the ...more
Jordan
Jul 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Elijs Dima
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People (men, really) who want a fast no-brains D&D style romp with modern grimdark tones
Recommended to Elijs by: The internet
Eh. It's alright, on balance, but nothing to get hyped about.

Reasonably well-written and paced, so the author has some promise.
Unfortunately, the world/setting feels like a rip on the "world is fubar'd, here's the last humans being all shitty to each other" theme that we saw in, say, Lawrence's XYZ-Of-Thorns series, or Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. Except... this is not as interesting. Maybe a followup work details this world more sufficiently, but as-is, the novel doesn't paint the setting in
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David
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it. The way the author layered the flashbacks to the events of one evening 5 years previous to the present day of the story really served the narrative well as I felt like it allowed me to be both surprised by revelations and suitably attached to the characters to appreciate how those reveals impacted them as well as the story. At the same time I think it gave the book a similar quality to Memento or the best episodes of LOST where you want to revisit the story to see how interconnecte ...more
Alissa
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
Interesting world-building, main character and plot, if you can get past the first 50 pages, and a helpless submissive and sexually eager trope-centered vision of women, and sex (or lack thereof, and not for trying) as a defining feature of all characters. Flowing prose, I liked to read it. I'll read the sequel.
Rob Clayburn
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Fun romp through a fast passed story.
The strong points were the relationships between the characters, perhaps sometimes the motivations were not completely clear - perhaps these will be expanded upon further along in the series.
Wayne Sklow
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Erik Scott de Bie weaves an exciting tale of adventure, betrayal, and revenge that's hard to put down once you start reading. Shadow of the Winter King is definitely a must read and I can't wait for the sequel!!!
Dawn
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up a free copy of this book from instaFreebie.

I'm really not sure about this book. It's a good story, the writing is good... it was just far too complex to sink myself into the way I wanted to - which probably says more about me than it does about the book.
So. 4 stars.
Susana789
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Boring.
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