Book Review: Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier (Three Stars)

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Book Review: Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier

(Three Stars)

“Now is the only time we will ever have.”

A better-than-average modern epic fantasy. Enough originality, despite it Medieval European cultural setting, to engage the discerning reader. Written as if for young adult readers, but some inappropriate subject matter.

“We cut our fingers to the bone/ On shards of passing years.”

Well-developed characters. The point-of-view characters had realistic internal dialogue. You cared about several of them. Good storytelling, though the plot–despite several parallel threads–was very linear. Few surprises, good or bad.

“A chance always comes if one holds to hope.”

The reader never doubts the various, increasing manifestations of evil will be thwarted. I didn’t feel the menace which I kept being told about. Even the big climax doesn’t generate much heat. I liked it, I just wish it was even better.

“Always be polite to your enemies. Courtesy leaves you with more options, and besides it disconcerts them.”

Nice cover art by Marc Simmonetti.

“You are the foundation of all my hope, and the tomb of all my fear.”

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