Series: Weathermages of Mystral #1
Published by Avon on July 29, 2014
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After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.
Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.
As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.
Why I Read It:
I hadn’t heard of the Weathermages of Mystral Series until my friend Lauren mentioned the upcoming second book to me. The series sounded so good that I grabbed The Winter King before our discussion was over. (Thank you for recommending this one to me, Lauren!) Now that I’ve finished, I’m dying for more stories from Wintercraig and Summerlea.
OH MY GOSH! THE WINTER KING BY C.L. WILSON IS SO GOOD!
First of all, it was really cool for me to read about characters that can control the weather. I’m not sure I’ve read any stories like that before (if I have, I’m forgetting about it). Second, this cover never would have captured my attention at all. My eyes would have skipped it and moved onto the next thing. But after finishing this book, I think it is a perfect cover for Wynter and Khamsin. Completely cheesy, but perfect for them.
It took no time at all for me to be pulled into this world. When I wasn’t reading, I wanted to be reading. It felt so good to be so immersed in a fantasy story like this one again, with magic and kingdoms and romance and betrayal and swords. I loved it. It’s a chunky book at ~600 pages for the mass market paperback, but it didn’t really feel like it at all. When I realized I was getting closer to the end, I started dreading the time when I would turn the last page.
My only complaint is that the last battle felt like it lasted a little bit too long. I got a little bit bored with that part, but that’s the only part. The best things about this story are the world-building and the betrayals that Wynter and Khamsin faced. I think all fantasy stories are made better with big betrayals and revelations, and this one is full of them. I’m sure I’ll be rereading this one in the future.