Synopsis: As the snows fall and hearths burn, four stories of Midwinter beginnings prove that love can fight its way through the chillest night…
THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven
The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…
THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…
THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…
THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN, by Jeffe Kennedy
As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…
THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT by Grace Draven
I do not think I’ve ever read any Grace Draven’s novels, but it’s true that I’ve heard about her more than once, and I was curious to get into one of her stories. I must say that I am conquered! We discover two teenagers who welcome a sword master into their family. But this man will do more than teach how to defend themselves, especially for this girl with a marked face that everyone is laughing about. I really liked it! 4/5
THE CHOSEN by Thea Harrison
I have two novels by Thea Harrison but it’s true that I have not read them yet. I was curious to discover her pen with this little story and I must say that I had a good time. We discover a part of the universe of the author with the highlight of a couple. A rather complicated meeting but I really liked the interactions between the two characters. An interesting world, complex characters and I’m curious to read more now! 4/5
THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
I think it’s easier to understand this story if you read the original series, the novels that relate to the universe that we are presented here. The story is very nice to discover but I felt a little lost in relation to the characters and what they were. But that does not change the fact that I enjoyed discovering this novella and seeing that the author’s ideas are interesting and original. 3.5 / 5
THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN by Jeff Kennedy
I have never read an entire novel of the author but it was a real pleasure to find her with this novella. I find that Jeffe Kennedy has an undeniable talent and that her style is fluid and really very pleasant to read. I liked the innovative ideas found in this short fantasy story although some details at the level of the universe are missing. In any case, this story really makes me want to discover the series from which it is derived and which seems to propose many pretty ideas! 4/5
This was a favorite holiday book for me. I hadn’t read the first three authors before and enjoyed getting to sample their books. I agree that The Storm felt somewhat confusing at first since I hadn’t read the series. Definitely going back for all these series.
Enjoyed your review, Melliane!
it’s fun to see that we had the same feeling
Haven’t read 1 book with different stories from different authors before but this one sounds like a really good collection!
I haven’t either
I love that cover! Glad it sounds like it had some good stories in it
I have no idea why, but I wasn’t aware of this anthology :O Thanks for reviewing it, Melliane, I’ll definitely have to give it a go!
great! I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Oh that really sounds good. I haven’t read it but I might have to pick it up now.
You’re making me want to grab all the anthologies 😀
I am so thrilled that you enjoyed this anthology so much. I ADORE Grace Draven, her books are so dang good!!!
I need to try her books
Oh my gosh I LOVE that cover!!! Such a cold, wintry look 🙂
So happy to see that you were pleased with almost all the stories. That is always a bonus when reading an anthology.
Oh this one sounds like a successful anthology and one I would enjoy. I love all the authors in this one and I do think I need to pick it up!
it was quite good
Not bad ratings! 😀
Good to see strong ratings for all the stories in this collection!
This sounds like such a good anthology! I have seen several reviews that were overwhelmingly positive like yours. There are a couple of authors here that I really do want to try. Glad you enjoyed it!
I’d been curious about this one. Such a pretty cover. Sounds like they all did a pretty good job!
I’m a fan of Jeffe Kennedy and Thea Harrison. I haven’t read the other authors. I’m glad you enjoyed this anthology.