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The Winter King [Format Kindle]

C. L. Wilson
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Revue de presse

C.L. Wilson stormed the fantasy romance scene with the five Tairen Soul books in 2010…The Winter King…is her very welcome return to novel-length work. (Publishers Weekly)

Wilson pulls out all the stops in her long-awaited return to epic romantic fantasy, with plenty of steamy sensuality and riveting action...Bursting with subtle political intrigue and vivid details, the beautifully constructed world comes to life, offering a glimpse into the emotional landscape of two rather broken individuals. (Publishers Weekly)

Présentation de l'éditeur

An epic new fantasy romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author C. L. Wilson

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.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1435 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 613 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062018973
  • Editeur : Avon (29 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00GFZODB6
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 De la bonne SF 9 août 2014
Par Anne
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Après la série précédente, je me demandais si cette nouvelle série serait à la hauteur. Elle l'est. Le livre nous emmène dans un monde différent. C'est de la SF, donc les personnages ont des pouvoirs magiques, notamment sur la maitrise du temps (soleil, pluie, neige, froid, chaleur...) L'histoire est intéressante et pleine de rebondissement. L’héroïne est en doute sur tout ce qu'elle voit : la trahison est partout. L'intrigue est bien menée, les sentiments des personnages bien décrits. Le style de l'auteur est agréable et cela se lit bien. Un seul bémol : la bataille finale et la description des monstres est un peu courte et la victoire un peu trop rapide.

Bref, une réussite et s'il y a une suite à cette série je l'achèterai sans hésiter.

l'histoire : un prince vient en visite dans un pays voisin et vole la fiancée du roi, vole un manuscrit précieux qui pourra l'amener à une arme redoutable et tue le petit frère du roi. Ce dernier, fou de rage, fait alliance avec un dieux malveillant qui lui donnera le pouvoir de vaincre l'ennemi en contrepartie de son corps et de son coeur. Le roi gagne la guerre et épouse une des filles du roi vaincu : seul un enfant de cette union pourrait lui permettre de rompre l'alliance qu'il a avec le dieux malveillant. Cette épouse va se révéler être l'héritière d'un dieux bienveillant et pleine de pouvoir qu'elle ne sait contrôler. Elle va réussir à sauver son époux et son nouveau pays du dieu malveillant, après avoir lutter contre une armée monstrueuse.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Captivating 10 décembre 2014
Par Book Flame - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I passed up on The Winter King a few times because of that cover, it's so cheesy, and I've never read anything by C.L. Wilson so how was I supposed to know how amazing her writing is. Anyways I saw quite a few reviews of The Winter King on blogs about how not to judge the book by it's cover which evidently I was guilty of doing and I am so glad I picked The Winter King up, all six hundred pages of it was just amazing.

I was sucked into the story right from the beginning. Khamsin "Storm" is such an awesome character. She is the fourth princess in the Summerlea Kingdom but because her weather gift killed her mother when she was three her father the King hates her and has abused her physically and emotionally in the worst ways not even allowing her to be a part of the family to the point most of the kingdom has forgotten there ever was a fourth princess. You think she would be broken and yes she is but her strength is something fierce and when meeting Wynter the Ice King of Wintercraig I just knew she would be the perfect match for someone like him.

Wynter, I slowly fell for him, we know he is kind but the world in which he lives in the other kingdoms fear him and which they should. Wynter's brother was killed by Khamsin's brother The Prince of Summerlea who also seduced Wynters future wife and took her with him anyways three years later Wynter has conquered Summerlea. The Ice Heart which has given him powers of an immortal god is consuming him and any part that makes him human and in order to solve that he wants one of the three Summerlea princesses to wed and produce an heir with one of them thinking that the love for his child will melt the Ice Heart within him what he doesn't know is that there is a fourth princess one who is just as strong and stubborn as him if not more.

The chemistry between Khamsin and Wynter was intense but it took a long time for the two to confess each others feeling for the other since neither one trusted the other and because of that there were quite a bit of misunderstandings not to mention Khamsin is from an enemy kingdom so even a lot of the Wyntercraig people had a hard time trusting their queen which made it even that much worse for Khamsin and Wynter since the men Wynter trusted were also always putting doubts in his mind about her and where her loyalties may lay.

The plot was very fast paced even with the six hundred pages. The world building was very well done I felt like I was in Khamsin's world seeing through her eyes the whole time and the characters every single one of them had many layers and depth to them. I can't wait for the next book in the series The Sea King to come out, we already got to meet the hero and heroine in The Winter King and I was already starting fall for the guy so can't wait to read more about him.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Review for The Winter King by C.L. Wilson 29 juillet 2014
Par Alyssa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of whom he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.

What I Liked:

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I really don't like the cover. Yes, that has nothing to do with the content of the book itself, but if you take into account the COVER before reading the synopsis or something, please ignore it. Don't judge this book by its cover. Unless you find the cover stunning, in which case, love the heck out of it! Read this one! Yes yes yes!

I read this book on Friday (July 4th), re-read it on the same day, and then re-read it again on July 5th. And July 6th. Yes, this book is nearly 600 pages. Yes, I read and re-read it in its entirety four times. Yes, I am in love with this book. HOLY CRAP. This book was made for me. Literally perfect, totally made for me. It's an epic fantasy novel (epic fantasy is my favorite), a romance novel (oh my word the romance was AMAZING!), and I loved just about everything about this book. Be prepared for me to flail around and not do this book justice at all because AHHHH, IT WAS SOOO GOOD!!

Khamsin is the fourth princess of Summerlea, the disgraced daughter of the Summer King. She's a legitimate daughter, legitimate heir, but she "killed" her beloved mother, so her father hates her (it wasn't her fault though). Her sisters are known as the Seasons - Autumn, Summer, and Spring. Her brother, Falcon, stole the Winter King's future bride, as well as a really important book. When the Winter King comes to Summerlea to write peace negotiations, he takes a bride - one of the princesses. But he gets duped by the Summer King, because the Summer King gives him a daughter, but not one of the Seasons. Khamsin - Storm - becomes the Winter King's bride by deception, and while he isn't pleased about that, there is nothing he can do. But sparks more than fly between the summer princess and the Winter King, with intense power and sizzling chemistry between the two of them. So much more is at stake though, with Khamsin's brother looking for a legendary sword to defeat the Ice King. Where will Khamsin's loyalties lie?

Okay, I'll be honest - at first, I thought this was going to be a love story that was really just Stockholm Syndrome at play. Yes, Khamsin married Wynter willingly, but it seemed like only because she wanted to save her sisters from the fate, and because marriage to the Winter King was most likely better than being beaten and tormented by your own father and his servants. Poor Khamsin. HOWEVER. In my honest opinion (as always, heh), I don't think this was a Stockholm Syndrome case at all. Khamsin and Wynter fall in love slowly but surely, and trust me, all 600 pages of this book is SO WORTH IT, if only to follow the romance.

And there is so much more to this book than the romance! It's an epic fantasy novel. Wynter is a powerful king, in possession of the Ice Heart (which basically makes him virtually impossible to defeat, with enhanced power, but not immortal or anything). He has a kingdom and vast territories to manage, as well as Falcon and that book to find. Raising the Ice King would be seriously bad. Add on top of that a new wife and an Heir to sire within a year... this book is quite busy!

This book is written in third person, alternating perspectives. I especially LOVE this, in this book. It totally WORKS. The thing is, we know that Khamsin is the innocent princess, thrust into the hold of the big, bad Winter King. So we see Wynter as this villain, the enemy king, the Wolf in a wolf's pelt (literally, this guy is from the Snow Wolf clan of Winterfolk). The Summer King is also a villain, since he beat his own daughter within an inch of her life. But I really love Wynter's perspective, because we get to see inside his mind, the "villain's" mind. He's no villain at all, once you start seeing this his way. His manner seems cruel and unfeeling, but he has reasons, he has ways. I wish I could be more specific, but I won't.

So you know I really like Wynter. He's a total alpha, both physically and mentally, but I absolutely love his subtle compassion. The way he stood up for his new wife, after he had just learned that her father, her sisters, and even she deceived him. That was probably my favorite scene - the frozen hand scene, that's what I'll call it. The way he cared for her when she was sick in the carriage. When he took off his armor, despite the danger of that, so that she could ride comfortably with him. When she was completely broken, sitting in the balcony drenched in rain, completely lifeless. He's insatiable when it comes to some matters, and a total bonehead when it comes to others (you'll see, when they get to Gildenheim), but I didn't expect him to have such compassion. I honestly didn't expect to like him so much. I really do.

I really like Khamsin as well. She's fiery, quick-tempered, jealous, unpredictable as her storm powers, cautious. But she's also honorable and kind. She never betrayed Wynter, never deceived him (except the marriage bit, ha), never did completely stupid, reckless things or wasn't justified in her actions. She's smart, broken, compassionate - just as he is. The two of them are such a perfect match, like moths to each other's flames, or gold and silver. Literally, opposing powers attracting, but that's not it entirely.

I already mentioned that I LOVED how the romance wasn't the only thing in this book. The fantasy is huge, and I just loved how well Wilson constructs this fantasy world. It really is so unique, despite seeming like the typical epic-fantasy-kingdoms-kings-and-queens kind of story. Wilson did a beautiful job of creating and portraying her fantasy world to readers.

I can't seem to say enough about the romance. The romance was breathtaking, in my opinion, as well as it was intense. There is a lottttt of chemistry between Wynter and Khamsin, right from the start. The physical aspect of their relationship is very big, and very crucial. It seems like sex is the only thing that draws Wynter to Khamsin and vice versa, but eventually, that just isn't it. I love this. I love how the physical aspect of their relationship is thrown out there with a crash and bang, and then the mental and emotional side is built up slowly. Usually, I'm cautious when it comes to that order of things, but it worked so well in this book.

The ending was extremely fast, but not excessively so. Like, you won't get lost, but things snowball quickly. I liked the ending a lot. Wynter and Khamsin go through a lot, especially in terms of trust. Wynter's right-hand man Vallik is convinced that Khamsin is a spy for her father, right up until the ending (and honestly, he isn't to be blamed for trying to protect his obsessed king/best friend). But the ending is literally a perfect way to show Khamsin and Wynter's feelings for each other, their trust, and their relationship. Love!

I hope I've at least done this book a fraction of justice. I feel so so so strongly for this book, and I'm not entirely sure that I'm expressing that into words very well. I've read/re-read this book FOUR TIMES, people! Do you know how hard that is, as a book blogger? I have so many other review books, but I was in a total book hangover because THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD!! *cue flails*

What I Did Not Like:

I have nothing to say here! La la la I loved this book a lot, and yes, no book is perfect, but this book is so flipping awesome so we can pretend that it basically is!

If you're put off by the cover, don't be. I dislike the cover, but I LOVE the book.

If you're put off by the length, don't be. The 600 pages fly by, trust me.

Would I Recommend It:

YESSSSS!! If you love adult romance novels, THIS IS ONE FOR YOU! If you love historical romance novels, this is one for you! If you love fantasy novels, this is one for you! If you love all of the above, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK FOR ANYTHING!! Come to think of it, no one who has even the slightest, remotest interest in this book should let it pass them by!

Rating:

5 stars. Actually, let's make that infinite stars. This book deserves it. It's rare that my rating of a book is higher than the overall rating of the book on Goodreads. It's rare that I give a book five stars. But that is the case here! I regret nothing, because this book is so worth it!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The Winter ... Jackass 3 août 2014
Par Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I, as other reviewers mentioned, also waited a long time for this book. I liked the whole idea of it and bought it believing that the character the book was titled for would be amazing. Someone who had faced unimaginable adversity and yet rose from it stronger and better for it in the long run. I was amazingly disappointed. I found Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, to be an ass. Just a big old man-ass. What really left a sour taste in my mouth was after all his crap-actions during the book, only at the very end did he all of a sudden fully realize how poorly he had treated his heroine - and she had to take some pretty drastic actions in self-sacrifice for him to truly, sincerely and completely decide that he was an ass and he did love her. This reminded me so much of the bodice-ripping books of the 80's where the heroine stands by the damaged hero no matter how poorly he treats her, how frequently he humiliates or disrespects her ... because in the end, of course, all her suffering and sacrifice will give her the ultimate prize ... his love. Ugh. I personally would have kicked Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, to the curb and taken the Sealord in his place. I had to force myself to finish this book, and at the end of reading it, I was really annoyed. Miss Wilson is undoubtedly a talented author, my issue isn't with her skills as a writer. I just really didn't like her hero ... to such a degree that it distracted from my ability to connect with the story. I hope the next book in this series is more enjoyable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Love it! I know some reviews mentioned how cold ... 19 août 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Love it! I know some reviews mentioned how cold the Hero was but come on.....he's a king with an ice heart! Wonderfully written although not as engrossing as Lord of the Fading Lands. It truly is a wonderful read and everytime I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to finish work or my chores to get back to it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 4.5 Winter Frost Stars 29 septembre 2014
Par Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Once upon a time in a land far far away there was the tale of "The Winter King" which served like Chicken Soup for my romantic fantasy soul. TWK filled me with its bold writing, special romantic ingredients and hearty storyline . It warmed me from head to toe and left me fully satisfied, so why am craving more? I'm a glutton for a delicious story, that's why.

<b>Wynter</b>
All it took was reading the synopsis-Ice Heart, victorious, cold, bitter…Instantaneous lust! It’s a personality defect I guess, with me always falling victim for the brooding, broken, fictional <s>kings</s> men. No longer the empathetic ruler that once was; revenge and vengeance now pump through his veins. After crushing the Summerlea kingdom, still more debt was to be paid for the wrongs done to him. Wynter needs an heir, and nothing would cripple the enemy king more than to lose one of his precious Seasons to him. Wynter reminded me of my favorite Disney hero-The Beast. Distant, untrusting, brash, cast under a spell, working against time, with love finally breaking the curse. However, there was <b>nothing</b> beastly about Wynter’s looks. 

<b>Khamsin</b>
Once again, reading the synopsis—Fierce, Volatile, Temper.. Ugh, instantaneous</s>hate</s> dislike. And that my friends is why I need to stop my preconceived-judging- characters-by-blurb-ways. Khamsin was nothing like I expected and everything I wanted in a heroine . Not only was I wrong in my assumptions about her flaws, but she was the true gem of this story. Forsaken as a child, secluded, loathed by her father; Forced to grow up watching her siblings being loved and adored by the King while only ever receiving his hate.

Wynter determined to never love a woman + Khasmin’s desperation to be loved = a reading experience full of push and pull, budding feelings growing to bloom, and good conquering evil.

So why not the full five stars? Although most of the Summer/Winter theme I found to be charming, adding to the story’s enchantment- Climate, names, clothes, magical gifts, etc, there were times it did seem a tad exaggerated, bordering on the ridiculous thus almost ruining a good thing. Another small issue I had, where a few times during the “coupling,” the wording made a big impact but not in a good way. Please note that these issues were extremely minor, as well as being a personal pet peeve while reading, which will not necessarily affect others' experience and enjoyment . Even for me, This remained an amazing reading experience. A journey of a romance that  was truly engaging, pulsating with love and action. I highly recommend this book for anyone who like myself, hides an inner Disney Princess.
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