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Winter's Fury

(Furyck Saga #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,407 ratings  ·  145 reviews

She was their greatest warrior; the daughter of the king. But her uncle stole the throne and sent her away to marry Eadmund, the drunken son of their worst enemy. Now she must pick up her sword again to restore her family’s honour and return to the home she loves.

Despite her skill with a sword, her prowess in battle, and
Kindle Edition, 738 pages
Published July 21st 2017
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A.E. Rayne
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I hope you enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Visit my site to find out more about me and book II, The Burning Sea, which is out now. ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Like riding a stationary bike

I liked that the characters had flaws and were therefore more relatable, but man... this story moved at a glacial pace. So much writing for almost no story progress. Also, the author changes perspectives on a paragraph to paragraph basis--sometimes even within a paragraph--and I found this to be jarring. In fact, I found I COULDN'T stay up late reading because it was so hard to follow the constant perspective switches. They actually made me angry at times.

*vague spoi
Dr. Shaz
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 Well Deserved Stars

This one started out a bit slow for me. I wasn't entirely sure I was going to continue, but once I got into it, I was SO GLAD I DID.

This book really sets everything up right for a totally EPIC saga - Magic, battles, swords, alliances, a prophecy, an unwilling but strong heroine who is actually older than early 20 something, stolen/lost loves, witches, dreamers, good vs evil and a lot of gray areas in between, and the list goes on....

There are so many well developed charact
♦♣ Queen of Faerie ♠♥
A complicated read with VERY mixed feelings

This book was very mixed for me. I thoroughly enjoyed and loved some of the details in this book but it also had massive flaws for me.

What I loved: the worldbuilding. That was amazing. The small and intricate details rich with culture and humour was fantastic. It's rare to see something like that. A new world the author has thought of but for it to be believable and well thought-out.

What let me down: the confusing characters and POVs. There was WAY TOO
Shan Shan ✨
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m not a fan of the authors writing style as it jumps around randomly with each character’s POV but I found myself invested in the story anyway. It took me quite a few chapters before I got into the characters or learned to care for them. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.
Tony Duxbury
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found the characters of the book to be engaging. Jael is a no nonsense young woman with true grit, she let's herself be pushed into a marriage she doesn't want to protect her family and the man she really loves. Her family's fortunes have gone into a downward spiral after her father the King dies. Disinherited, her uncle takes the throne. The uncle is greedy and ambitious, using Jael to cement an alliance with a old enemy to defeat a mutual foe. Eadmund, her new husband ,is heir to the throne, ...more
Paul Denis Bergin
I'd have killed Edmund by page 500 ..

Why the lead female character would fall for a spoiled alcoholic who seemed to spend the first 600 pages drunk and covered in his own filth was beyond me.. Far too long to develop , no humour and as such I personally didn't sympathise with the two main characters .
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listen up - this. This book was amazeballs. I am so grateful that I stumbled across this one. I am going to process this and find a way to put this in to words to do this book justice.

On to book #2 first ....
This book will be a 5* book for many people, but it just wasn't one for me. It concentrated very much on drama and relished in putting the characters in situations that they could not fight their way out of. This in-and-of itself would not have been such a turn off for me, if it wasn't that 80% of the book was reading over and over about the same layered problems the characters had been put into, it just felt like the plot moved so slowly.

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Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Great story idea, needs editing

The story is wonderful, imaginative and fun. But, there is way too much angst and it is repeated every other page. Seriously, this book would be at least a third shorter if the author took out all the unnecessary repeated angst. I toyed with giving three stars because the story is so good, but just couldn't do it. I will get the next book in the series because I want to see where the story goes. I just hope someone has edited out all the repetition.
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
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May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
At long last, I managed to finish this book.
In my opinion, it was a bit long for a first book. I would say two thirds of it was really dragging on. One thing that really annoyed was the constant switch between point of views. Especially around the beginning, it was hard to keep up with the storyline and which character’s thoughts we were following. The ending was what made me rate it three stars instead of two. Wow, my body got super tense and I WAS SO ON EDGE. Always love it when a book manage
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

So good! Character driven. Strategic. Magical.

Takes a little bit to get going, in a good way. Like a rollercoaster car before it’s first dip. YOU MUST BE IN THE MOOD for high fantasy. It’s awfully meaty and very satisfying, if high fantasy is what you crave.

Be ready to change POVs often, but then, I did say it was character driven.
Tim Lumsden
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
VERY good!!! Great storyline, great characters, but frustratingly slow at times.

Loved character of Jael and also Eadmund. Just really great and exciting at times, but very slow. Many very developed characters. Wil! Definitely read next in series. Happy Reading!!!!
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
2.5 Stars
Rosemary Hughes
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant first book to what looks to be a compelling saga.
Drama and treachery on a number of different venues, all simultaneously playing out in the same time frame.
Yes, a very enthralling tale!
Derek 🍻
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
1.5 stars, rounding up. DNF @ 25%.

I started this months ago but had to put it down. This was the first book I picked up after reading the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series by GRRM, so I didn't do Winter's Fury any justice with that juxtaposition. The characters were one dimensional, the pacing was off, and the POV shifting mid page was confusing. I also didn't connect with Jael's motivation. Her marriage was arranged and her lovely new husband was a drunk. It's hard to believe she's going to
Cassie Cassidy
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 2018
I liked the idea of this book, but not the writing style. The author jumps character POVs constantly, sometimes after only a paragraph or two. And even though all of the characters are very interconnected, it made for a jarring reading experience. I really liked Jael as a main character, and several of the others provided for great secondary characters. That being said, I was only really interested in what was going on with Jael and the country of Oss, and found myself skimming the story of her ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
It is an Ok book and I am reading the second one.

One thing I liked is the heroin, who for once is not in her early 20s.

However I really really disliked the male main character, and I cant understand that a character like Jael can fall in love with such a loser. I think even the author didnt know how to write this love story as she litterally pulled a Deus Ex Machina... yes it s definitely fate that makes Jael fall in love with Eadmund... because a woman like her would never look twice at a weakl
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Even though I enjoyed this read, it felt almost like a soap opera the way the plot evolved. Slow moving, sometimes. And how could the main female character fall for a guy who remained an alcoholic slob for Sooo long! Loved the setting. Good job making me feel the cold during our summertime heat.
Emily McCosh
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars!

Full review in my booktube reading wrap-up at the end of the month!

I am pleasantly surprised with how this book turned out. I soon got used to the writing style, and found myself drawn into the story everytime I would sit down to read.

Main great points:

- I ended up liking how long the book was. I felt as if I was enjoying the story in real time with the characters.

- Jael was a fun MC. In the beginning I was worried there would be a "strong female charcter" problem, but she was well-ro
Sanzidah Rahman
Rating - 3.5/5

Winter 's Fury was a slow and long adventure-fantasy read, which I haven't come across in a long, long time. The world-building is similar to the Viking Age, with women being herded off to produce babies and most men are a**holes. Written from a third-person perspective, the story follows the narrative of several, several characters (some which I found irrelevant, others that are drawn out and put me to sleep) across three different places where the plot runs simultaneously. Jael F
Janet Denise Ross

This is Book 1 going into this huge Series of Fantasy, with Knights, magic both light/good & exhausting with Seers who are called Dreamers to see into the future, and it all takes place in mythical ancient time with mystery races & kingdoms. Book 1 starts us off in one sad kingdom for only a short while because the new King has promised their Princess, to an Island King for his son. The prophecies that come along are amazing and many. (From
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
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A.D. Green
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a good book and well written. I would have given it 3.5 stars but there is no option for that.

I enjoyed it and feel the writer has some talent. I can see why people rate it 4 stars or more because it is easy to read and simple in concept. The main characters are likeable - Eydis and Thorgils in particular were my favourites. The scenes play out in quick, snappy pages that keep it flowing.

For me though the action was too infrequent and simplistic. Flying through the air feet first in a swo
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Such a disappointment. I'm shocked at how anticlimatic it was. So much build up and yet we don't see a hint of the massive conspiracy that's supposed to unravel.
I'm so disappointed. The ending was not worth slaving through 700+ pages of Edamunds whining and self-pity and no action. The ideas in the novel had so much potential but the delivery was atrocious. The pacing was a mess and hard to read. There was so much flitting back and forth between subcharacters that I was losing interest.
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Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I loved this story. The plot line, characters, everything you need for a great tale. You can't help but empathize with the main characters, especially with dealing with alcoholism.

My only issue with this book was towards the end, where the cut scenes between the various characters accelerated to the point of each page was a different setting. I actually opted to follow Jael and Eadmund's stories rather than the others at that point since I saw them as a distraction. Honestly, afte
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 whole stars. I really loved it !

If you liked Robin Hobb's Royal Assassin,  Terry Goodkind's Sword Of Truth or Game of Thrones, this one is for you as well except this time the MC (or at least one of them) is a female warrior. She is stubborn but smart and she knows how to fight. All the women in the book are strong in their own ways (good or bad ;-) ). They have to be in this world. As for the male characters, they are not perfect, they have their own weaknesses, struggles etc. (Read the book
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Conquering Woman

This was such an excellent book, it was hard to put down! There was so much action with tremendous amounts of female heroics. After her father, the King, dies suddenly, Jael is in a fight to survive. Her Uncle Lothar the usurper takes the thrown from her baby brother, Axl because he is young and weak. King Lothar wants to remove Jael from his kingdom because he thinks she is the only person capable of removing his grotesque butt from his pedestal. So what does he do? He marri
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a little hard to review. I love the plot, I always like books about trying to win back thrones that were taken, and I liked the main characters. There were a lot of characters and it does take a little bit to figure out who everyone is and keep them all straight, but it is easy to follow after that and the story was fast paced and never boring.

I was given an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review, so the following might not apply to the actual released book, but this boo
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