Set in 1800 in Britain, Mad King George is on the throne with Napoleon Bonaparte knocking on the door Unregistered magic users are pursued to the death, while in every genteel home resides uncomplaining rowankind bondservants who have become so commonplace that no one can recall where they came from.Meanwhile, Rossalinde Tremayne is satisfied with her life as a cross dresSet in 1800 in Britain, Mad King George is on the throne with Napoleon Bonaparte knocking on the door Unregistered magic users are pursued to the death, while in every genteel home resides uncomplaining rowankind bondservants who have become so commonplace that no one can recall where they came from.Meanwhile, Rossalinde Tremayne is satisfied with her life as a cross dressing privateer captain on the high seas But a bitter deathbed visit to her estranged mother changes her life completely when she inherits a magical winterwood box Now, not only is she confronted with a newly discovered brother, and an annoyingly handsome wolf shapeshifter, Rossalinde has to decide whether or not to open the box to free rowankind and right an ancient wrong even if it brings the downfall of Britain.This brand new series is perfect for fans of Elizabeth Bear, D.B Jackson, and Marie Brennan, as well as readers of historical fiction who are looking for an accessible gateway to fantasy.
Winterwood Set in in Britain Mad King George is on the throne with Napoleon Bonaparte knocking on the door Unregistered magic users are pursued to the death while in every genteel home resides uncomplaini
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/01/22/bWinterwood and I were love at first sight, and all you have to do is take a gander at the book’s myriad subjects to see why: Magic. History. Fantasy. Romance. Fae. Ghosts. Shapeshifters. PIRATES. It’s like an irresistible smorgasbord of all my favorite themes and fantasy elements all in one place, and a strong, compelling female protagonist was the cherry on top.Set in Britain in the time of King George III, Winterwood tells the t [...]
I don't even know where to start with my love for this book. The privateering rocks, the cross-dressing female captain Ross is in the ranks of my favorite heroines, the romance is sexy but doesn't take over the plot, the magic is fan-freaking-tastic, and all of this set in an alternative 1800 England where Fae and magic aren't just myths. It also works well as a stand alone with everything tied up but I'm excited to find out what will happen in the sequel!!!
This could have been so much more than it was. The premise is lovely and the prose is readable so why then did I fail to connect with the characters? The protagonist is very flat, one-dimensional even, and her actions and thoughts often fail to have a sense of process and come out absolute and without any sense of internal conflict. For instance, the magic box she is given by her mother. A normal person would show some curiousity, spend some time trying to open the box but she doesn't. In fact, [...]
Winterwood is a good solid read. A delightful blend of historical-fiction, fantasy, shape shifter, and romance. Rossalinde Tremayne (Ross) is a young woman who has been widowed from her husband Will. She eloped with Will taking one of her father's ships as a dowry for their marriage. Will unexpectantly dies leaving Ross to captain their privateer ship. Will's ghost however continues to hang around. Ross' mother is ill so Ross goes to pay her a visit. The relationship between Ross and her mother [...]
The Kindle price is higher than the paperback price! Publishers really do think consumers are idiots.
I think it was the cover that got me. Who wouldn't want to be a dashing young woman dressed for piracy? I like a good historic fantasy, and the Golden Age of Piracy certainly has a lot going for it in the action department. The idea of a woman who was old enough to be married, who is an illicit witch with a ghost husband to boot- sounds like fun! My first disappointment was that although Ross, our heroine, is indeed a widow, she still is barely over twenty. I know that young heroines are the sta [...]
After I read the opening of Winterwood, I thought I was going to love it, but I soon found myself bored by it. It's not that nothing happened; it's just that what did happen didn't interest me and I wasn't invested in the characters. I loved that Ross was a privateer captain respected by her crew, but there was very little characterization and the investigation in the story wasn't that compelling even though I had been looking forward to reading about Ross digging into old family secrets from th [...]
Pages read: 60-someI could not be more in love with this premise. Unfortunately, I'm not feeling anything for the characters and I'm bored.
Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksWinterwood is an alternate-history Regency fantasy novel with magic, elves, a werewolf, a ghost, and a heroine who is the captain of a privateer vessel (essentially a state-sanctioned pirate). The book is not a romance, although it has romance in it, and it’s the first book in a new series (thankfully, it does not end on a cliffhanger).There’s an awful lot happening in Winterwood and yet the book feels fairly slow. There are a lot of side trips [...]
I should read my outside my comfort zone more often: this book proves it. Winterwood is an easy, compelling read which ticks loads of boxes – pirates, fae, adventure, angst, ghosts, wild magic – whilst managing to surprise you with unexpected plot developments and delight you its beautifully paced story and believably strange world. A delicious page-turner.
3.6This is a weird one to review because the first half of this book gets a 3.5 star rating for great pacing, plotting, and mystery. And pirates. Lady Pirates!!!Then, Corwen shows up. It's still good, still awesome. Then they meet the Fae. And that's when it starts to go downhill. In fact, I'd hazard a guess and say that they didn't even need to meet the Fae in the book and then this book wouldn't have felt so rushed.Because that's the real problem. The last 45% was incredibly rushed. This book [...]
A successful blend of pirates, magic, mystery, and a well written female protagonist - basically the recipe for a great, almost cinematic-like adventure. And such it was and I enjoyed it very much, seeing as I find it so hard to lay my hands on any kind of epic adventure lately. It was strange at times - particularly when it came to introducing us to an altogether different culture - but Rossalinde, as the voice of the story, kept me grounded pretty much at all times (and I especially liked her [...]
I had higher expectations for this book - give its a lady pirate and it begins with her facing her (not dying fast enough) mother and the expectations that lady placed on her (and never forgave her for not living up to).In the end though it just wasn't fascinating enough to me to read in one go (it took me a couple months).
I liked this well enough that I am going to pick up the next in the series. The romance wasn't as strong as I would have liked, but the world building was well done and the characters well drawn.
Great beginning but kind of fizzled out.
This book had potential and I'm sure there are some people who'd find it wonderful but I just couldn't get into it. In an alternative 1800 Britain with magic and fey a female cross-dressing pirate ( look at that cover - could she ever pass for a man, even with a false beard? I don't think so!) visits her dying mother, inherits a magic box she can't get rid of, discovers family she never knew she had and goes back to her pirate ship. And the ghost of her dead husband (who seems much too creepy an [...]
This book was utterly ridiculous (AU England with enslaved tree fairies, complete with some really unfortunate comparisons to actual, historical slavery) and completely historically inaccurate (among other things, the main character basically felt like Devi from the Fortune's Pawn series transported to England in 1800; also, LITERALLY NO ONE had an opinion about her dressing as a man). This is not a good book by any objective means, but it was the perfect bedtime book because it was impossible t [...]
It's the year 1800 and England has a firm handle on magic. Anyone with magical abilities is supposed to register with the Mysterium. Anyone who doesn't register will be punished - most likely hanged. Rossalinde Tremayne never registered herself but she's managed to evade the Mysterium by spending much of her time at sea. In truth, she's never been comfortable with her magical abilities and prefers the life of a privateer anyway. Taking on the guise of her late husband, Ross wreaks havoc on the h [...]
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:bookswithoutanypictures/20Winterwood by Jacey Bedford is the first book in the Rowankind series. It features a strong female protagonist, angry fae, and pirates, which are an excellent combination.Although it’s the first book in the Rowankind series, Winterwood is self-contained and forms a complete story arc. Book 2, Silverwolf, is scheduled for release in January.Rossalinde (or Ross) Tremayne is a privateer captain. Her h [...]
Set in Great Britain in the year 1800, Winterwood overflows with fantasy from the get-go. Rossalinde Tremayne, a witch who's "assumed" the identity of her dead husband and privateer captain Will, returns home for a bitter visit with her dying mother. There, Ross meets a half-brother she never knew about and inherits a magical winterwood box - a box that only she can open and, by doing so, free the nature-born rowankind from slavery. But the British government wants the box as well, and the ghost [...]
One of the few books for my DNF shelf. Normally i would try to push myself further in a book, but I just can't scrounge up the deisre to do so. I have two reasons why I'm not finishing this. 1) the random F-Bomb that just came out of now where. I hate cursing I try to avoid it as much as possible when i read and I don't curse myself. Cursing is vulgar and crass and I just don't like it. 2) I was bored. given all that happened in the short amount i read, a house fire escape on horseback riding th [...]
Apparently I promised a review almost a month ago. My apologies to anyone who's been waiting. The original review will be posted on The Book Adventuresthe morning of Friday, February 26th, 2016. This book has so many of the elements I love in a good fantasy: pirates, fae, magic, a wolf shapeshifter, a heroine who disguises herself as a man, adventure, romance, an alternative historical setting really, this book is just my thing. I loved it.
3.5 - 4 starsI thought the world building was very interesting, and I loved the strong protagonist. The pacing was all over the place, though, making it hard for me to stay completely engaged in the story. When the action did kick into gear, the story telling soared. Waiting for these bursts of awesome got a little frustrating.
Let's see here: pirates, werewolf -- strike that, lupine shapeshifter -- Fae, intrigue, social justice, and a strong female protagonist, plus just enough romance and humor, in an easy-to-digest, compact fantasy novel. Yup; no complaints here. It's not a 4-star book in terms of objective quality, but I enjoyed it plenty and look forward to the sequel.
Interesting fantasy romance, which also managed to be an alternate history novel. As the heroine was a cross-dressing pirate, it's no surprise I jumped on this book as fast as I could. And I was rewarded for that, too. I got action, adventure, magic, mythology, and a pretty good romance. I'm kind of wondering what book 2 will bring, as things wrapped up pretty well in here.
2.5 stars: cool premise, but the execution was lacking. The ghost-husband was an interesting idea and dilemma, but it feels like the author can't commit to really fleshing out any other relationships to a degree that would make me feel it as a reader. Ross loves her newfound half-brother because the author says so (I didn't feel that bond naturally develop; insta-love), same as the eventual romance happens because the author said so, I made this cool character design and you two are gonna be a t [...]
Rossalinde Tremayne has taken the place of her dead husband as a privateer captain, roaming the sea in her ship, the Heart and dressing as a man. When she is drawn to visit her mother on her deathbed, she inherits a magical winterwood box. Soon it becomes apparent that the box is something that a deadly magic user wants, and will stop at nothing to take from her, even using her brother as bait. In her quest to figure out what to do with the box, and find relatives she didn’t know she had, she [...]
Not a bad book just not what I was looking for. The back promises magic, fae, and supernatural. While it does give you those things thats not the main focus. Its a book about pirates more than anything. Which is great just not what I was looking for at the time. Very fast paced, I wish we slowed down some to really get to know the world and characters. Also wished it came with a map or something.
This sort of reminded me of Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters books. It wasn't at all what I was expecting and I wasn't even sure if I liked it until about halfway through but then I couldn't put it down. It has everything you could want: pirates, magic, ghosts, mythology, betrayal, and a satisfying ending.
Ross, a woman masquerading as a male privateer is called to her mothers deathbed. She soon learns her family had more than one secret. She must use her wit, magic, and family to help her set things right. I enjoyed the magical elements and the moral dilemma at the end, but found the book a little too sexual for my taste.