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Midwinter Folk

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When Rowan’s parents divorce, her brother Luke turns ‘cold and strange’, and suddenly Rowan starts hearing voices. Is someone stalking her or is she going mad? London is caught in the grip of the coldest winter on record. The Thames freezes over and the streets are half-buried by snow.

Rowan soon realises that Luke has been snared by the enemy; the voracious Hunters who
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Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Troubador Publishing
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Moony MeowPoff
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a very nice and interesting read.
And i really, really liked the front page, with that in mind - the pages flew by and the book felt sort of magical. Though this sadly, is not a favorite book of mine.
Kimberly
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
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I was ready to love this book but unfortunately, I just can't. There are too many things about it that I can't disregard. Thankfully, there were also quite a few things I did enjoy, so I thought I'd first talk about those and then get into the issues.

Things I liked:
1. The story is engaging from the get go. And the fast pace keeps it that way. From the first page, it got my attention and spiked my curiosity. It made me want to keep reading to see what would happen to Rowan.

2. The setting is
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Readers who adore the old-fashioned Fairy Tales (prior to dilution for modern consumption) will adore MIDWINTER FOLK, a beautifully detailed and lyrically imagined panorama of a slightly near-future London and Yorkshire (think ICE DIARIES), in what appears a new Ice Age; and the "other worlds," those of the Fae and the Foul Folk--so close to mundane reality that if we could only "polish the glass" we could see. So close....that they can reach through and touch us...with their icy wintry ...more
Vivienne
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Troubadour Publishing Ltd/Matador for a digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Midwinter Folk’ by Rebekah Clayton in exchange for an honest review. It was published in September 2019 and my apologies for the late feedback.

The protagonist of ‘Midwinter Folk’ is Rowan. Her age isn’t given but she’s stated as being in Year Six at school, which makes her 10-11. Following her parent’s divorce Rowan is disturbed when her older brother Luke becomes ‘cold and strange’. Then Rowan starts hearing
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Betanda Shanam
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Midwinter Folk is an enjoyable story which took me on the adventures of the heroine, Rowan. This magical fairy tale is Rebekah Clayton’s first childrens’ book which is centred around a young girl who is destined to undertake a treacherous journey and quest to save her brother and all that she knows. Rowan struggles with keeping her family together and completing her quest with the help from her friends. The discoveries of Rowan’s new abilities and who she really is, along with the troubles of ...more
Helgafj
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely, rather old fashioned childrens fantasy, in the sense that like many classic childrens tales it is heavily inspired by fairy tales, in this case celtic folklore. There is little focus on technology and more on relations between the characters as the main character is also dealing with her parents divorce, her mum is turning every penny and her father is not much around and her brother has become alienated from the family. Although of course in this case there turns out to be an ...more
Rowan MacBean
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Some weird pacing issues—it sometimes felt plodding without quite feeling slow, and at other times it moved at a breakneck speed—but overall very very enjoyable. There were some things which reminded me of The Dark is Rising in the most delightful ways, and I know I would have absolutely adored this story as a child; I probably would have written fanfiction about it!

My only major complaint, I think, is that there are some very good and important characters who sort of just drop out of the story.
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Tim Moran
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read fantasy novels but this one really gripped me. It's an incredible achievement for a first time author, with the worlds of Summerland and Midwinter richly imagined, and builds to an impressive climax that had me sneaking upstairs - away from invited guests - to read the final chapters!

The hero/ine of the piece is like Frodo Baggins - unsure of her ability, full of anxiety, yet grows through her challenges and adventures into a brave soul yet still vulnerable, still motivated
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