Those who wish to see the dark, be ready to pay your price.
Ten years ago Kate Winter’s parents were harvested by the High Council to aid in the country’s war effort.
Years later, the wardens are back, and once again the harvest falls upon the quiet city of Morvane. For years Morvane has lived in peace, so when an unexpected flock of blackbirds heralds the arrival of the wardens, only Kate and her uncle, Artemis are prepared for a quick departure.
Nothing, however, goes to plan, as Artemis is captured and taken south on the terrifying Night Train. And the arrival of a dangerous enemy Silas Dane the High Council’s most feared man, leaves Kate and her friend Edgar running for their lives.
Twelve years ago, Silas was used by the High Council for an experiment that has left his spirit damaged, recognising Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead, he wants her to undo the damage.
The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft a book hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume a book so powerful it is believed to be able to change the very fate of Albion.
But when secrets are revealed that cause Kate to question the very people she has always trusted, where will she turn as it seems everyone now has their own hidden agenda.
Jenna Burtenshaw’s debut novel, Wintercraft, takes you into distant land of Albion, and to the small town of Morvane. This novel moves briefly form north to south, as Kate, Artemis and Edgar are taken to the graveyard city of Fume, where she meets the High Council, and discovers more truths about herself and those around her.
This novel is a captivating read that dips into the heart of fantasy and adventure. It holds many secrets, and allows the readers to follow at a continuous and flowing pace. The characters are all well drawn, though at times, I did wish to see a bit more of their personalities to come to life.
The story of Wintercraft is an enjoyable, thrilling and easy to read fantasy perfect for both younger and older teens, and will no doubt capture many adult fans as well. This novel is undoubtedly only the beginning of an exciting new series in teen fantasy, and as Kate’s journey continues, I will be eagerly awaiting Burtenshaw’s next installment.
Believing in a lie can be a comfort but continuing to believe it when you have already seen the truth can be dangerous.
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