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Stealing into Winter (Shadow in the Storm #1)

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A breathtaking tale of adventure, survival and loyalty.

When Jeniche, a sometimes successful thief, finds her prison cell collapsing around her, she knows it is not going to be a good day.

Certainly, the last thing she wanted once she had escaped into the war-torn city was to become involved with a group of monks and nuns on pilgrimage. Even less did she want to help them es
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Published July 30th 2015 by HarperVoyager (first published September 5th 2012)
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Ann Rawson
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this last year, and was captivated by the character of Jeniche. The books starts with an explosion and the pace continues... Jeniche has an interesting past and I know there's more to discover and I am really hoping to read more books in the series.

I know Graeme though OU courses, and I am happy to wholeheartedly recommend this book. I've loved fantasy for a long time and this is an excellent addition to the genre. An excellent read.
Nimue Brown
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous piece of fantasy! I put Stealing into Winter down willingly only when I had finished it and am itching to get my hands on the next one. This is out of character for me, I’m Robert-Jordan damaged and the mere mention of ’series’ with fantasy tends to make me nervous. But I want book 2!
I have a huge number of pet hates about fantasy fiction – prophecies, epic fights between good and evil, ultimate evils, role play game rip offs, people who can’t write combat, character free writing
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Robert
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong female central character, an exotic setting, mystery... This ticked so many of the right boxes for me, that I don't really know why the book didn't grab me more.
It may have been partly the obscurity in the writing: (The party had found some weapons and clothing.). "... the remaining weapons...Alltud had consigned... to the fast-flowing waters... From there, they had set out wrapped in their new winter clothing... The two nuns were especially delighted with their new acquisitions. 'It's
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Jude Parsons
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it a few months ago now, but some of the images are still with me - the first chapter is very strong and the rest of the book moves at a good pace, never letting up the action or suspense. There are still things to be explained in the upcoming sequels... the remains of a city in the desert being one that particularly fascinated me. The characters come to life easily and before you know it you are with them every step of the way, particularly Jeniche who is an excellent ...more
Nancy
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Talboys has the voice of a consummate storyteller! Rich, tactile description puts the reader in the center of the story. I could feel the wind and shifting sand and smell the marketplace in Makamba. Finely and sensitively drawn as a character, Jeniche drew me to her immediately. Non-stop action, constant pursuit and betrayal make for a fast and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Jack
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good fantasy (maybe, I’m suspicious it’s more “Steerswoman” than “Child of the Ghosts.”)
Melissa
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Stealing Into Winter' transported me into a world full of mystery, and was a very enjoyable read. The story kicks off straight away with action and introduces us to the main character Jeniche, and from there keeps up a steady pace. As the story moves along, the author brings the scenery of this other world to life with his descriptions, and the characters become living, breathing people, so much so one becomes quite invested in them. I often found myself saying to myself, just one more chapter ...more
P. Kirby
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Somewhere under the disjoint and confusing writing is a good story. But it's stymied by an apparent case of too much "Show, don't tell." That admonishment--Show, don't tell--is a gold standard in writing advice. To some extent, it's good advice. Especially if you're the sort of writer who thinks pages of didactic exposition are a good thing. Or, if your prose leans toward a dry, passive, "...and then this happened" style.

But dear writer folk, allow me to let you in on a secret. Readers like bein
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Dean Ashton
Nope! I'm not sure why I purchased it, other than I do like books with strong female leads. Jeniche, the main character in this certainly has a lot of strength. Sadly, the fact that she is the local thief in a ramshackle town in the middle of the desert didn't really endear me to her. Somehow, and I lost the plot as my eyes glazed over the pages, she volunteers to lead a group of monks and nuns across the desert to their home in the mountains - accompanied her a big hearted stable hand with lear ...more
Richard
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting characters... check. Interesting story... check.

Annoying habit of ending chapters in the middle of something important, then carrying on the next chapter with everything resolved, often unclearly, and always maddening... check.

In short, although I was really interested in the story and the wider arc, the authors writing made reading this book vexing and killed off any chance that I would investigate further books in the series.
Gregory Saunders
Very choppy unthreaded story that does not give enough flavor for me to continue the series.
Gerrard Cowan
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic novel. The setting is utterly immersive, and the protagonist is very believable. Highly recommended!
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