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Blood Winter (A Horngate Witches Series Book 4) by [Francis, Diana Pharaoh]
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"Maximum attitude, maximum action. Who can deliver on all that and more? Max to the max, that's who." --Rob Thurman, New York Times bestselling author of All Seeing Eye

About the Author

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Visit DianaPFrancis.com or follow her @dianapfrancis.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4164 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476779384
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (December 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EDOKNO
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3 1/2 stars.

Blood Winter is the latest and final (according to author's interview) book in the Horngate Witches series, centering on Max and her covenstead ,Horngate. The book takes place 4-5 weeks after Max survived a challenge against the Korvads in Chadaré, and arrives safely home to Horngate following the completion of Scooter's request. Things in Missoula are getting worst and worst with food shortage, and people scrounging for whatever they can find. With the Magic in the air already creating havoc, a preacher who says he's the right hand of god is stirring up trouble by creating a following to condemn all witches, demons, or just about anyone who isn't with him. What the Earth's Last stand cult doesn't know is that their leader is a witch himself, and he's targeting Horngate.

Max and the gang are all back, and like the first book everything takes place at Horngate/Missoula. No more leaving to another state or another dimension like the other books. Francis does an amazing job at creating another emotional-action packed novel that will have you flipping nonstop till the end. Max definitely has a lot on her mind this time around, still grieving over the deaths of ---, her relationship with Alexander, and the Earth's Last stand cult. The pacing of the book was on the dot as usual, there's never a dull moment in the book, and the author packs an emotional punch in every scene. While the majority of the book was well-done/written, there were two things that bothered me in this book; Max and Alexander's relationship and the story/plot. After the ending of Shadow City, I thought Max knew what she wanted, Alexander.

In Blood Winter, Max and Alexander are together but not really official.
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My Initial Reaction…
I continue to devour this series, my only disappointment being that there this was the last book in the series.The story is far from over IMHO and I won’t lie, I’m VERY upset that it’s over! In all seriousness, I think this may be the main reason I can’t give Blood Winter 5 stars – it’s not a satisfactory ending to a series, as much as I loved every minute of it.

The Story…
In Blood Winter Max, Alexander, Kyle, Tory, and Carrie are preparing to go into town to see how the townsfolk have been dealing with the Change when disaster strikes. An unknown witch has gathered followers around him, making himself into the next Jesus – but his self-proclaimed work as “the right arm of God” is to wipe out the evil among them, namely Witches and those who consort with them. He brings his mission to Horngate’s doorstep – passing through their wards with four “witches” nailed up to burn. Of course Max and her crew resolve that something must be done about the unspeakable horrors he’s perpetrating against the helpless, but the more they work to defeat him the more powerful they realize he is and the more hopeless the situation seems. The Angel’s are still out and the Grimms (and Spike) take off, leaving the Coven ill equipped to fight without losing more of their family. Not to mention their still reeling from the loss of Niko. All the stress threatens to tear Max, Alexander, Tyler, Thor, Giselle, and the entire coven apart.

Like the rest of the series, Blood Winter was non-stop action, complete with painful descriptions of every horrible blow Max, Alexander and the rest of the crew took. For me, Blood Winter surpassed the others in the added element of mystery. Who was this preacher-dude and what hope did they have to defeat him?
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This book was not as good as the pervious ones. Don't get me wrong it had a decent plot, but if it was the last one, there was no explanation of the higher ups who started the war. This felt more like a filler on what happen to one area outside of horngate. There is no interaction it's just one emergency followed by another, not even the romance portion is really continued in this book, you don't know what's going on there really. It felt like an after thought. What ever happened to the minor god (spider) that the last book was about?? How are they going do deal with the food issues, other creatures.... Hopefully I am wrong and there is at least one more book for this series. I don't know, but disappointed this book didn't answer questions
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I realize one should score a product or book based on the reality rather than one's own expectations, but I can't help but give Blood Winter a resounding "meh". As another link in the series it's a decent read. It's not as involving as the previous ones, but it kept me going as a stand alone story of life in Montana after the apocalypse. It would make an acceptable "middle book."

I enjoyed the idea of the mad preacher going in. The apocalyptic setting is an interesting backdrop and i was glad for the chance to view life at horngate. Especially for a group of warriors that need thousands of calories a day to function during a food shortage. Max continues to be a badass with style. But the angst between Max and Alexander has reached the point of contrived repetitiveness. Our view of horngate and its inhabitants turned out to be minimal. The action jumps from point to point with very little connection. I just wanted more from it.

Unfortunately the author revealed in an interview that this is the last of the Horngate books. Its hard to be specific without revealing to much, but it leaves a number of plot points dangling with little or no meaning. It seems as though some items or companions were introduced in previous books that were leading somewhere, and yet here they just petered out or disappeared into a giant crack in the universe. In fact, it seemed to me that the author originally had an overall plan for this universe and was building up to something big, but just fell short.

Perhaps she just became bored with it and decided to throw in the towel rather than keep plugging away at something she wasn't passionate about. Maybe the story ended up going in a different direction than she originally intended. Or maybe this was her intent all along and I simply misread what she was working on. Regardless I am left with a sense of lingering disappointment at this "climax" to what started out as such a promising series.
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