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A Broken Winter

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  11 reviews
General Auryn Tyrus is tired of serving an emperor who turns political dissidents into expensive steak and claims to have swallowed Ankari’s sun. He's fed up with pretending not to know Emperor Haken is buying biological weapons and collecting taxes for a war that doesn’t exist. Auryn's role in the entire mirage leads him to drastic choices, but unexpected news halts his p ...more
Published November 25th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
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It looks like a giant gumball. :9
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Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

A Broken Winter began as a webcomic back in 2009, though I didn’t find it, myself, until around 2015. It didn’t take me long to binge what there was of the comic and I kept up with it for many months until a computer crash took out all my bookmarks. When I realized this book was the same comic, I knew I wanted to read it. While the art in the comic and the writing hinted at complex world building, a comic can only give you so much. The book gives so much more.

Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first foray into a sci-fi book in a while, but I was taken by surprise on how in depth the world building was and how detailed the characters in the world came to be. This is my first book by Kale Night and despite some intense subject matter, mainly what happened to Keita, a young boy in the story that brings Auryn, a general working under an emperor who is evil, and his former lover and Keita's father, Kaneko, together. I enjoyed getting to know the world and the characters in it. T ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an early copy from the publishers via NetGalley, and I extend my gratitude for that - however this does not influence my opinion.

The book could be classified as science fiction with strong undertones of fantasy, featuring some magics and potions.

The plot revolves mainly around general Auryn Tyrus and his former lover Kaneko whose son, Keita, Auryn rescues, and it is brilliant with ups and downs of raising a child who bears a resemblance to someone assumed lost, and the struggles of o
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad, I was waiting for this book since forever, but I think it needs a lot of editing. Sometimes it's so confusing... and I read the webcomic! I think people who haven't read it will be much more confused ^^U. A bunch of characters who appear suddenly and whose involvement in the story is not clear until almost the end of the book. You're just wondering what the hell are they doing in the story. Also, a lot of time leaps (both forward and backward), which only contribute to make the story ev ...more
Lets start with the good points. A fast paced, action driven plot with complex characters and a decent bleak dystopian world ruled by sinister demi-god despots. There are at least six or more MCs (with some being introduced well into the book) - these quite complex characters come with distinct 'voices' and hidden back-stories that gradually become revealed throughout the book. The M-M romance is subtle - there's no doubt several of the MCs are same-sex attracted, but readers will be sadly disap ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay.. So when does book two come out? I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I wouldn’t even call this a book, it is more like an experience. This book had such an amazing story line and a great set of compelling and complex characters. I just could not put it down.

I felt this was written in the perfect way for a follow up novel. It left me with tons of questions and I was instantly ready to read the nex
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Broken Winter is witty, wildly imaginative, and beautifully written! I’ve been following the web comic since it first came out and have been highly anticipating this book! Kale Night has magically woven a story set in a dystopian world where General Auryn’s life forever changes as he meets 7 year old Keita. The story is full of suspense, tragedy, mystery, and romance. It’ll keep your heart beating until the end! Please, please, please release book 2 soon! This is a must read for anyone who lov ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting world to experience. I had so many questions when I finished reading that can only be answered (hopefully!) by the next book in the series. There's a lot of factors to consider with all of the characters, and there's a lot to consider. I will say the POV jumping got really confusing for me. I wasn't always sure who people were or why I should care about them. The connections were sort of made eventually, but I would definitely have liked to have more clues as to who ...more
Joscelyn Smith
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book from this author and as soon as I finished all I could think was 'How long until I can read book two?'. It has a great cast of complex and compelling characters and a storyline that totally drew me in with it's flow and top-notch world building. I am most certainly going to have my eye out for more from this author.

*I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by NetGalley and NineStar Press*
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I read an early version and I'm a HUGE fan of the webcomic that goes with it. Cannot WAIT to have this in my hands!

If you like really dark SF that's super queer, this is soooo good.

Will update once I get the finished copy! :D
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