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The Rise of Winter

(Terra Protectorum #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Centuries ago, Terra, the world, was nearly destroyed by humans. In the wake of that destruction, Terra created the Guardians – a group sworn to protect Her. But humans have returned to their plundering ways and Terra needs the Guardians. The Guardians are now fractured, their leader murdered years before. They need a new leader – a new Terra Protectorum – but when a young ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
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Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
An enjoyable read with a strong main character and a gripping plot full of action and adventure.

Winter lives in a post-apocalyptic world with only two seasons: dry and rainy. Even her name sounds like something mythical. Some time ago the world was almost destroyed by human careless activities. Winter keeps watching mountains that separate her country Nacadia from the Forgotten Lands full of toxic waste.
Winter’s mother died in childbirth and the only time Winter’s grandmother spoke about her fat
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, arc
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In a world almost completely destroyed by humans, the guardians were created to protect her. Facing the challenge of a human uprising, a new leader must be found - but the one chosen by Earth (Terra) herself is not what anyone expects. A human, daughter of the man who killed the last guardian leader. She is Winter.

I enjoyed the environmental aspect of the book, and think it carried a strong message that is extremely relevant to the
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is absolutely going to be one the best children's books i have read this year. I feel if you enjoy fantasy novels, or stories similar to 'The Chronicles of Narnia' or 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, then this is especially up your alley.

The story is fun and easy to immerse yourself into, and you really get drawn into the conflicts between the characters - especially between Winter (the protagonist) and those who are determined to try to kill her.

This story has plenty of action, betrayal and i
Jacob the Bookworm
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to be a beta reader for Alex Lyttle’s new book, The Rise of Winter. I thoroughly enjoyed his first book From Ant to Eagle, so I was super excited to read this middle grade fantasy novel by him. It did not disappoint. I actually enjoyed it more than FATE, and that was an absolutely amazing book.

We start with Winter, a typical girl who is raised by her grandmother, Lillian. One day, Winter discovers that she can understand animals and that they can understand her. Then she meets Procti
Queen Cronut
A decent middle-grade novel. While I was not overly impressed by it, I enjoyed The Rise of Winter nevertheless. The overall theme of protecting the environment and the fantasy worldbuilding was done superbly though but I wasn't interested in the plot. It had some driving force but I wasn't engaged in it. This story had potential though. Loved the characters, especially Winter who was a worthy MC and the LGBTQ+ representation. It got better at the ending (didn't see those plot twists). Although I ...more
*thank you to Netgalley and Central Avenue Publishing for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

Wow oh wow what a story!! This is one amazingly satisfying middle grade novel! Even as an adult I found this so very enjoyable. It has sparked my old love for middle grade novels featuring animals again. I enjoyed reading the little touch of gay/lesbian love between to of the animals, a female fox and a female wolf. I hope there is room for them in book 2 as we readers are only
Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)

Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a (e)copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that should be right up my alley, but instead I feel a bit 'meh' about it all. It's really quite good, and I enjoyed it, I just didn't love it like I expected to. I am definitely planning on continuing the series though, because I love the world it's set in. I'm also not yet ready to say goodbye to Proctin.

It's set in a time in our future; our way of
Mary Johnson
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This is going to be a bit of a flaky review, because truth be told, I didn't feel much of anything with this story. RISE OF WINTER is saturated with cliches: humans vs nature, a Chosen One, a comic relief sidekick, training montages, a picked-on protagonist, a magical talisman, etc. Don't get me wrong, Lyttle's writing is confident and easy to read (although I'm not sure nepotism is something an MG'er will understand?), but it wasn't the sort of book I found myself desperate to return to. With a ...more
Books by Kimi
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The Rise of Winter is a book I would have loved to read when I was younger. When I was at an age where I didn't question the pace or the writing that much but just loved a good story (and talking animals was THE BEST!).

When I read it today, I loved the world, correction.. I would have loved the world, was I able to picture it better. I definitely prefer fast-paced beginnings instead of 3 chapters of pure info-dump but I definitely also needed more world-building. It was very confusing to picture
Darlene Foster
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining dystopian, fantasy, environmental, adventure story with lots of action, interesting characters, many of whom are animals, with an amazing cliff hanger at the end. Anthropomorphic animals are often annoying but it works in this case as it is the animals that try to save the world from destruction due to human's wanton disregard for the environment. But when a human child, Winter, is chosen to lead the animal kingdom, she is up against opposition. How can a human help save the worl ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Central Avenue Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book reminded me a lot of Red Queen The Dark Crowns and Cinder in a way where a girl is destined to save a kingdom from its ruins and the protectors that shape it. Every page was an eye-opener and really brought excitement to the plot. Choosing a random girl with no knowledge of the kingdom to be its saving grace is realistic
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
*trigger warning for animal death and cruelty**

I loved this book! I read it with my seven year old and the meaning behind terra and the guardians was lovely. My son loves animals and often talks about protecting the earth and taking care of it. He often picks up random trash he finds and throws it away. So this book touched a piece of my heart because I saw my son in Winter. I adored Winter and he band of animals along the way. The morals of the story are strong and it has a few good twists I wa
Joana Bookneeders
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

I've been saying for some time how much I've been enjoying middle grade. When I read the synopsis for this book I just couldn't not get it... It sounded so interesting and fun! But this was even better than I thought it was going to be. This book is SO incredibly fun, sweet, exciting and gripping!

This is Winter
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Central Avenue Publishing and Netgalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoy reading middle grade books and when I read the synopsis of this it sounded really interesting so I was excited when my request was accepted! I really enjoyed the book and despite it being middle grade it dealt with some really relevant issues that affect all of us today and I felt it was done quite well.

This book is about a young girl finding out that she has been made into a guardi
Story Eater
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-2019
"Terra is rotting from the inside because of the humans.”

“Why would she continue to allow a human to sit on Her throne as your species drains the life from Her core?”

This book had me mostly rushing through my ARC TBR list to get to it. When I finally did, the story fell so flat from the start that it took me 10 days of reluctant reading to finish it. To be fair, when the story is not talking at the reader through the dialogue of the characters, it is a good story, full of adventure and great ch
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given an electronic advance copy of this book from NetGalley in order to review it. The review is all my own opinion.

I was first drawn to this book by the cover. Then the synopsis drew me further in. That’s when I knew I wanted to read this book.

The main premise of the book is surrounding the Guardians, who have been selected by Terra (sort of like a non-corporeal Mother Earth) to protect Her after the humans nearly destroyed it centuries ago. The Guardians are animals of the sky, water, a
Amber DuBois
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

This book was a fun, easy, read. I didn't find any parts that could be easily removed in order to improve pacing--the book starts very near the real action of the book. The characters felt well developed, and there's a twist at the end, that you can ALMOST see coming, but it's rather expertly foreshadowed subtly, so you're not POSITIVE the twist will happen, and the reveal still packs a punch.

I love the detail in this story. The unive
Dekotah Thompson
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Rise of Winter is a novel that makes ypu think, that highlights the need to help the environment and a novel that can teach us just how important it is to not let grief and fear rule your life. This wasnt the fastest of reads for me but i am highly anticipating its sequel. There are a few cliches of the chosen one trope but overall i enjoyed it very much. I think this book can help inspire so many kids to do what they can to help the environment and still give them a fascinating story that t ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll start with the one con... Like I get that humans are ruining the planet in the name of "progress", but that moral seemed a little heavy handed at times.
On the other hand, it didn't bother me that much because I am already waiting impatiently for the next book in the series. Please give me more Winter. I liked how we, the readers, learn right alongside Winter the secrets and history behind the storyline in the book. We see the world through her suddenly opened eyes and realize how different
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley in return for my honest opinion. This was an enjoyable book with interesting world building. The story revolves around a young girl, Winter, who is being raised by her grandmother. She discovers that she has been chosen to be one of the Guardians of Terra. Her selection is not popular with all of the other Gusrdians. I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the book. I would recommend this book and happy reading!
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

The environmental message seemed a little strong and pushy in this one. Not a bad story. Surprising twists at the end. Enjoyable story. Pretty well written - from of a British style of English.
Amanda Williams
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely descriptive and immersive. This book sets the entire genre aside and creates its own special little place in the world. The world building is outstanding and the formatting of the book is simply stunning. I really enjoyed reading this book as it transported me to another time and place.
Thank you to Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review.

A new star has taken the stage of middle grade novels. The Rise of Winter is a fantastic new fantasy series filled with adventure, tension, humor, moments of reflection, family, and down-right awesomeness.

Once the rising action starts things go south quickly. Winter is thrust into a conflict bigger than herself: the earth – Terra, mother of all things living and nonliving – is decaying due to
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Winter! but as awesome as Winter is, I think that my favorite characters are.......... well, its tied between Cano and Proctin
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Rise of Winter sends readers on a breathtaking adventure with Winter Wayfair, a young girl who finds herself at the center of the fight to protect the earth and all its creatures. Surrounded by as many friends as she is enemies, Winter must find a way to use her newfound powers to protect what will otherwise be irrevocably lost. As humorous as it is adventurous, readers are sure to enjoy this exciting tale that reminds us all of the bravery it takes to stand up for what is right.
Jan 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-tbr
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My wish was granted for this book!

Review to come soon!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is Mogli if Mogli was about climate change. From the very first page, you want to keep reading and know more about Winter, a strong, funny girl who discovers that she is not as common as everyone else.
One of the best things in this book other than the history itself is the dialogues: funny and smart, complementing the plot perfectly and unveiling the personality of each character. I also loved the talking animals, Proctin, the somewhat cowardly raccoon with a heart of gold became my fa
Runa Seidr
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Winter lives in a world with only two seasons: dry and rain. She is made fun of in school just because her name is Winter, a season that some believe may have never existed. The seasons are all messed in part due to human meddling and the destruction of the natural order and people now live secluded and safe, far from the Forgotten Lands they left behind that are poisoned by tons of toxic waste.

One day Winter begins to hear voices all around her, to her shock she realizes that she is hearing the
Chris Marro
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This was a wonderful nature-based fantasy novel for middle grade children. It brings up many ethical questions surrounding the idea of caring for the Earth, and the role humans have to take in providing that care. It does so in understandable language for middle school kids. The fast-paced plot and detailed world building made It hard to put down especially toward the end. I highly recommend teachers have a copy of this on their classroom bookshelves - the kids will really go for it and it gives ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The writing style was very distinct and I enjoyed reading The Rise of Winter. Alex Lyttle's writing was very to-the-point and crisp. Alex described the setting very well and I enjoyed reading about Terra. There were also lots of cute illustrations throuought the book that I enjoyed immensly. I also enjoyed stumbling upon an illustration that depicted the plot. I felt like I was in the book with the characters, the setting was so well done. I really enjoyed Alex Lyttle's writing style and how he ...more
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Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and four children. He was raised in London, Ontario - the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit. When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new magic tricks to perform for his young patients.