Published May 10th 2012 by Headline
0755389239 (ISBN13: 9780755389230)
The veil which marks the division between life and death is falling. Lost souls are seeping through to roam Albion's graveyard city of Fume. Kate Winters' recent memory is lost. Relieved to be heading home to Albion, Kate can't shake the feeling that Dalliah Grey, the woman she's supposed to be working for, is not to be trusted. Disgraced warrior Silas Dane plans to rescue Kate and save Albion from the advancing armies seeking to profit from the confusion. But the veil will not be easy to repair and Silas knows sacrifices have to be made. Kate must return to the dark secrets detailed by her ancestors in the ancient book of WINTERCRAFT and learn from their mistakes to save herself
This is one of those series that you can read at any time and read far apart and you can still remember what has happened, when it happened and how it happened. the book was powerful in this sense and context because it leaves you wanting more from it and needing to finish what is going to occur from there on. I love this series of books for so many different reasons. Its not my usual sort of book that I would actually read but the very fact that it springs to life when I am reading it is the main reason for why I actually enjoy looking through the pages and enjoying the details of the characters life and everything that they go through and the things that they have to face. The characters are well defined from the very first book, and this is a series of books where the second book was accidentally read first and the first book second. For me the fact that it is clear and evident as to who the main characters are within the novels is a huge advantage because it means your not lost, your not swiitching from character to character trying to figure out who is who. In stead the author clearly defines each and every characters role. She makes them the person that they need to be within the story and she allows you to know and understand it.
Kate and Silas are clearly my favorite characters within the novels because there almost seems to be this hint of a forbidden romance between them that you are almost wishing to happen and yet know will never actually occur. The two of them are completely the same character and yet they are so different in that you can see what it is that they are both facing. For me they have characteristcs that almost make them seem like they are connected through a blood relation. They almost seem to have this impossible sort of connection between them where they could be lovers, siblings and so much more. That seems to add this ounce of energy to the book because it just seems to add a sense of lide to it, almost as if the pages are actually living and breathing with you as you go through them.
I think its the essence of characteristics throughout the whole novel that make it though. The imagery is not forced and for a detailed and yet simple novel it seems to come to life with the imagery, almost as if it was natural for it to have been there from the beginning and not needed to be written out in thee formation of words. you can see the whole scenario and the scenes in which everything plays out without needing to really fixate your mind to the pages. This is an advantage because it means you have more time to focus on the actual novela nd the characters within it rather than focusing on what you need to do to maker yourself a part of the novel as much as possible. You get a very historical feel and nature about the story which helps to form it into something a little more realistic because you paint this ideas of large walls and guards posted all around it so that no one dangerous can get it. Yet the element of fnatasy is there and yet is not the main focus. This did make the book stand out because I finnd a lot of the young adult fantasy novels tend to make the focus of there novel the fantasy novel. The author clearly wanted the book to be more than that and she did it well. She made it a book worthwhile reading but also made it the sort of book that I would be happy to have on my shelf and read over and over again.
I am happily therefore going to give this book a five star rating. Its powerful and provoking in every way that it needs to be. Its detailed without being confusing and its well written in the sort of formation that means you can really settle into its pages without becoming bored with it. Its a wonderful series of books and its the sort of book that I would happily suggest to anyone and everyonne who loves to read.