Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Here be me honest musings . . .
This is me first book by the author and a fun start to a new series. I wanted to read this book because the main character, Raine, can see the dead and that ability comes with a death sentence should anyone find out. She also has horrible luck. I went into this book not really knowing more than that and I actually am glad to have made that choice.
What I can say about the book, is that for a lot of it, I had no idea where it was headed. Raine was a wonderful character to follow and I certainly was cheering for her and trying to figure out the world along with her. Her life is rough and she really doesn’t ever seem to have good choices. The world building here is rather mysterious (purposefully so) and so there are still questions to be answered. I really want to know more about the magic system and the warrior monks.
I rather enjoyed both the beginning and the ending especially. Minor quibbles include the slow pacing of the middle of the book and how some of the obvious facts to me were not obvious to Raine. Looking forward to the next one. Arrrrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Raine can see–and more importantly, speak–to the dead. It’s a wretched gift with a death sentence that has her doing many dubious things to save her skin. Seeking refuge with a deluded cult is her latest bad, survival-related decision. But her rare act of kindness–rescuing an injured woman in the snow–is even worse.
Because the woman has escaped from Redwinter, the fortress-monastery of the Draoihn, warrior magicians who answer to no king and who will stop at nothing to retrieve what she’s stolen. A battle, a betrayal, and a horrific revelation forces Raine to enter Redwinter. It becomes clear that her ability might save an entire nation.
Pity she might have to die for that to happen…
To visit the author’s twitter go to:
Ed McDonald – Author
To buy the novel go to:
daughter of redwinter – Book 1
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