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Winter's Orphans (The Shadow Fae Trilogy) Paperback – January 24, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: The Shadow Fae Trilogy
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Mundania Press LLC (January 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594261245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594261244
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,994,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new, depressing world, yet so interesting you dont want to leave it until youve read the very last page. -- Lisa Ramaglia, 4 1/2 Stars, Scribes World

A powerful tale marvelously told, WINTER'S ORPHAN comes very highly recommended. -- Cindy Penn, WordWeaving Award for Excellence

This one goes on my "Keeper Shelf" to be reread many times. Keep your eye on author Elaine Corvidae! -- Detra Fitch, 5-stars - Huntress Book Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elaine Corvidae has worked as an office assistant, archaeologist, and raptor rehabilitator. She is currently earning her Masters degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She lives near Charlotte, NC, with her husband and three cats. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

When I'm not busy wandering the worlds of my imagination, I live near Charlotte, NC, with my very understanding husband and several cats. In addition to writing, I've worked as an administrative assistant, archaeologist, and wildlife rehabilitator. I recently completed my Masters degree in biology.

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And Duncan was a character I fell in love with.
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He insists that Mina must not try to confront the Seelie Court, but she's not one to be cowed or controlled.
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The plot is well conceived and filled with adventures.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on May 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Mina Cole thought she was just another indentured factory slave. But in rare moments of rage or terror she could feel something snap inside her and incredible things happened. Mina had been an orphan for years and the only person in the world who cared about her was Abby, her best friend. Both worked long hours in a factory for small wages in hopes of someday paying off their Contracts of Indenture, a place to sleep, and perhaps one meal a day. But it all changed during a moment of fear. The iron indentured collar Mina wore could no mute the waves of magic Mina released and the Hounds were sent out to hunt her.
Duncan RiDahn used to be a nobleman. Now he was but a crippled old man in a wheelchair who begged for money, squatted in an abandoned theater, and was Mina's only hope of survival. Duncan felt the shock wave of Mina's power and knew the evil Queen Rhiannon would send out the Hounds. He and one of his students, Bryan, rescued her and began to teach her.
The Fae (faery) were usually human-like, but came in two different types. The Seelie could control fire and air, heat and light. The Unseelie could control earth and water, cold and night. Mina was half human, half unseelie. Duncan taught her how to use her powers to hide from the royal family and survive. The royal family was seelie and thought they had either killed at the unseelie or turned them into Knights and Hounds. With Mina's presence felt, the hunt was on for her and all the unseelie faelings feared being found.
But Duncan knew more about Mina than he told. Mina was not only unseelie, she was a dyana! Her magic was more powerful than any other. If Mina ever willed it so, she could control the minds of all the unseelie faelings for her use, and she could create dark things to kill! She was dangerous to everyone!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Hopper on May 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a fabulous book!
I don't know that I ever met a more unlikely heroine or hero, and yet they were strong, appealing, and had me rooting for them to triumph.
I was sucked into this alternate world so deeply I expected faes and faelings to jump out at me while I was enthralled in its grasp. This story gave me a whole new perspective on the fairy kingdom and made our own industrial era come vividly alive.
I highly, highly recommend this book to all fantasy lovers and lovers of romance. This book is going on my keeper shelf and it will definitely not be an orphan anymore.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linnea Sinclair on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
Set in a dark, early industrial world where magic is common, WINTER'S ORPHANS follows the life of Mina Cole, slave, factory worker and, unbeknownst to herself, a woman of tremendous fae powers. A series of disastrous events trigger these powers, and Mina is forced to search for a mentor before the Court discovers and kills her.
Her mentor is Duncan, an older man, a cripple. He lives hidden in an abandoned theatre, training rogue 'unseelie fae' - those exiled because of their fae heritages.
But Mina isn't the only one with a dark secret. Duncan has one, too. Their ignorance of each other's almost gets them killed, and their world, destroyed.
Corvidae develops the relationship between the two, not only as student and teacher, but as lovers, with some of the most intense and moving scenes I've ever read. When the two are on the same page, the paper is fairly electric.
WINTER'S ORPHANS is a fabulous fantasy novel with a strong romantic plot. But it's truly Mina's story, in many ways, her quest. A definite keeper and well deserving of the awards it's won.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Wallace on July 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Some fantasy novels are medieval in setting; some are urban fantasies where strange creatures slip around in modern sewers. Some take place on strange planets and some in alternate realities. But one, Winter's Orphans, occurs in an industrial Londonesque setting, with belching factories and cobblestone streets, with a polluted river flowing through the middle of the city and a great discrepancy between the rich and the poor.

The main character is Mina, an indentured factory worker, whose faeling (mixed breed human/fae) powers reveal themselves during times of great stress. Mina's uncontrolled magic is so great that the Seelie Court (the bad guys), which dominates the fae world and the human as well through a devious twist, comes to know of her existence. Lucky for Mina so does Duncan RiDahn, a crippled faeling who has devoted his life to teaching other Unseelie faelings (the good guys) how to use their powers hiding from the bad guys.

The setting is one of the best things going for this novel. I do not think I have ever encountered a fantasy novel set against an urban Victorian backdrop, although I cannot claim to have read every book in the world. It was a refreshing change from more typical fantasy stories, not that I mind the typical when it's done well. The world was not Earth from what I could tell; if it was, it was not the Earth we know and inhabit.

The plot of the novel isn't as unique as the setting but still works: extremely powerful magic user who didn't know she had any power realizes she does, hides out from the bad guys for a while, learns to control her power with the help of a rag-tag band of good guys, then uses her power in a face-off against the bad guys, though not without peril and danger along the way.
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