Title: Winter’s Bride
Series: The Elders of the Seasons (#1)
Author: Nellie C Lind
From: Review Copy (Blog Tour)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 18th August 2015
For years Dawn has been in love with the Winter Lord, one of the four Elders that help keep Evermore in balance. When the Winter Lord, Audren, first sees Dawn he is intrigued by her, and with the Summer Lady dying he knows he needs a wife to produce a new body for her. Knowing as a Winter Being that he is not likely to love, Audren sets about making Dawn’s dreams come true by acting, but somewhere the lines begin to blur and when the terrible truth about the oncoming birth is discovered, the Elders will stop at nothing to try and prevent it…
I won’t lie, the main reason I wanted to read this book was because of how stunning the cover is…I mean just look at it! For the most part the story of Winter’s Bride was pretty predictable, but if I’m honest sometimes an easy happily ever after is exactly what I want!
There was an interesting blend of fantasy, romance and a little scifi in Winter’s Bride, mainly relating to where the Elders actually came from in the latter’s case. It was actually quite difficult to pin down an era that the society was like but I quite liked that, especially as it meant that the focus was elsewhere in the story.
It was definitely interesting having a female main character who knew she was in love with the male main character right from the off. There was no sudden realisation or bonding, it was an innocent love that had grown over the years out of a crush. It gave a different perspective.
On the other hand there was the male MC who believed that he couldn’t love, and therefore acted the part. What made it interesting was the way that he accepted he had to act and get on with it. Even for the reader there were times when the line between acting and loving were blurred.
I loved some of the minor characters as well, Aura was a very motherly figure (as made sense given her physical relationship to Audren, and Onyx was a mischief maker. I actually found myself really liking Onyx as a character, particularly later on in the book!
I enjoyed this read, a predictable happily ever after, but sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered!