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The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
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Final rating: 5/5 stars

“I love you more than the sunrise. More than laughter. More than song...”

Magic and Kingdoms; War and Peace; Lightning and Ice; Love and Hate; Legends that might as well be true.Summer and Winter shall unite to stop the war: Storm and Ice - Khamsin and Wynter.

Neither of them are perfect :

♦♦♦ Khamsin : strong, dependable, quick temper, reckless, brave, but broken. Princess forced to marry the King of the country who won the war.

♦♦♦ Wynter: smart, dependable, respected and thoughtful King; cold, ruthless and cruel to his enemies; quick tempered, but also warm, kind, capable of love, and also broken.

“Your father thought he scored a victory over me when he tricked me into marrying you instead of one of your sisters, but he unwittingly gave me the one daughter I wanted most.”

Amazing writing style; Well developed characters and unique story. I especially loved the second part of the book, when the main plot started happening. Battle scenes were very well described and the world building was well done as well (the creatures that appeared were interesting as well, like Garm, for example). The book was captivating, made me cry, made me laugh and i enjoyed it the whole time.

The book is written from 2 third POVs, aka, Wynter's and Khamsin's.


Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King :

Wynter is the man surrounded by grief, rage, cold and ice. He had to witness betrayal of his wife-to-be, murder of his younger brother and heir, and he had been robbed of the most priced possession. All of this led to his decision to embrace the power called Ice Heart - a very dangerous power. All who had tried to take it for themselves died. But not Wynter. All of this happened because of the Summerlea's prince Falcon.

After three years of war, the peace was achieved and he took his revenge on Summer Kingdom. All because.... his time is running out - the power he took destroys him from the inside.

He is very tricky opponent, and he made that clear - strong, powerful and he is one of the Kings to be feared of. Despite all his ruthlessness and cruelness to his enemies, he is a hero and a saviour in his own country, well respected and loved.

Wynter may be hard to like in the beginning, but then again, he was never perfect to begin with. But, as the story goes, you will most likely like him. I know i did. He was, all in all, well written character.

Khamsin, Princess of the Summer King, Storm :

Khamsin is the fourth daughter of the Summer King, but because of her gift - calling of the storm - she had been shut from her family, rejected, abandoned, never recognized for what she is.

Despite having 3 sisters (Spring, Summer and Autumn) and brother (Falcon), few maids who helped her, she never felt loved or needed, and, worst of all - she never felt free. Her father Verdan, the King, always wished she was dead, and he made sure to make her life as miserable as possible.

And yet, she is strong, bold and she wasn't the type of the heroines that whine all the time - she was just wild, reckless and brave. A truly wonderfully written heroine. I always looked forward to reading her POVs.

Other characters :

There were many other characters - but they were all well done and their characterization was great as well. I especially enjoyed reading about the boy Krysti, and his tricks and talents. I hope there will be his book as well, considering this is a series (and also this: "...all books in the Mystral series are standalone novels and can be read without reading other books in the series.".) Laci was also amazing woman, and I loved her witty comments. Valik and Tildy were interesting characters as well. Of course, there were many despicable characters as well, which I won't name, since you will probably find on your own.


I was very surprised by the developments in the second half of the book. Going by the book description, i thought it would be only a romance type, but i was wrong - this is after all, a high fantasy book and evil lurks around.

I haven't read books by this author before, but after this one, i believe i will check them out as well. After all, this writer has amazing writing style.

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Reading Progress

September 30, 2014 – Shelved
September 30, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
October 1, 2014 – Started Reading
October 1, 2014 –
7.0% "Reading this because of Georgia's review and also because i can't resist promising high fantasies, and so far, it's really interesting! (i'm reading 2 books in the same time i must be crazy)"
October 2, 2014 –
35.0% "let's just say this book made me cry already"
October 2, 2014 –
51.0% "so far really really good and i'm really enjoying it. Love the writing style."
October 3, 2014 –
82.0% "I REALLY really really love the second half of the book more than the first one! anyway, i didn't except the story to go in the direction i wanted, considering how it begun. :)"
October 3, 2014 –
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: age-adult
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: cut-my-heart-out
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: humans-should-die-here-painfully
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: be-my-heroine-please
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: it-s-so-hot-in-here
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: they-are-so-awesome-hot-and-stuff
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: why-u-no-longer-u-make-me-sad
October 3, 2014 – Shelved as: unique-or-different-story
October 3, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Liz (new)

Liz Fantastic review, Kris!! :) Sounds like I might give this book a chance, I was wary about the romance aspect you know? ;)

message 2: by Kristalia (last edited Oct 04, 2014 06:43AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kristalia thanks dear :D I hope you do read it and like it as much as i did :D Hm, the "romance" part was there for the first half of the book - but it was more like attraction than romance - and the second part of the book focused more on the story and background happenings, i guess?

message 3: by Liz (new)

Liz Kristalia wrote: "thanks dear :D I hope you do read it and like it as much as i did :D Hm, the "romance" part was there for the first half of the book - but it was more like attraction than romance - and the second ..."

Sounds good to me! :)

Kristalia good :D

message 5: by * Meli Mel * (new)

* Meli Mel * Awesome review, Kristalia! :)

Kristalia thanks :D

Kristalia thanks :D

message 8: by Hershey (new) - added it

Hershey Fantastic review!

Kristalia thanks dear :D

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