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Heart of the Winterland Paperback – June 2, 2016
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Along the way, she meets Angel, a young woman with a mysterious past who is running from authorities, and together they must escape Captain Kota, who wants to recapture Angel by any means necessary, even if it means killing an innocent princess in the process.
A thrilling fantasy adventure novel that will appeal to readers both young and old. Cali, a timid princess who must learn the ways of the outside world. Voice, a guardian with a snarky sense of humor. Angel, the mysterious fugitive. Captain Kota, in exile from her homeland. And Amee, the mysterious sorceress, who, more than 200 years ago, sequestered herself in the border forest and plotted revenge.
A thrilling debut novel from Kristen Kooistra, and I can't wait to read the sequel!
When the spell on Cali, the princess of the long lost kingdom of Trabor, breaks after two hundred years, she decides to get a taste of the world outside her kingdom. She travels with Voice, an orb that has been Cali’s guardian and only companion during their years in the castle, and the two quickly stumble upon adventure.
Without going a great deal into the plot, one of the things I really loved about Heart of Winterland was the messages it contained. One of the running themes seems to be “people are not always who they seem to be”. In particular, Cali’s view (as well as the reader’s) of her parents shifts throughout the novel and it was interesting to watch her process who they truly are.
Another great thing is the villain. By the end, her actions made a lot of sense and I felt a great deal of sympathy for her. I understood what she did and that made her a person rather than a two dimensional villain.
There’s also a strong theme of friendship that runs through the novel that I highly enjoyed. The girls work together rather than resort to petty fighting or jealousy like I see in so many other novels. It was nice seeing them support, rather than tear down one another, even if they didn’t always get along.
Overall, an excellent debut from a promising author. It was a highly enjoyable read and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a good fantasy. In particular, those who love fairytales and a strong female cast, I think will love this book. Can’t wait for the next in the series!
When she sets out to explore the world beyond her kingdom’s frozen boundaries with “Voice” as her only companion, she encounters a broad variety of other humans, as well as magical beings. There is Angel, a girl who joins Cali and Voice in their travels and Kota whose quest to capture Angel, places Cali’s life in jeopardy. Throughout her journey, she must learn to distinguish between those whose hearts are good and those whose hearts are evil, and to learn life lessons that will serve her well if she has the opportunity to finally rule over her kingdom.
Kooistra has crafted a classic coming-of-age story. Her characters are skillfully developed; the plot is a masterfully woven tapestry of events. In a genre that too often becomes cliché, Heart of the Winterland is fantasy of the highest caliber. I’m eager to read the next book in her series, Heart of the Sorceress.
Sharon K. Miller
Author, The Clay Remembers
This is a character driven story about a young girl learning to stand on her on, about how perceptions change, how some people grow, while others don’t, and forgiveness. In it, Cali grows from a dependent woman to a queen, destine to heal a broken land. Parallel to the main story, the book tells the history of how the frozen kingdom came to be, with an ending I didn’t see coming.
This is a highly enjoyable tale that I would recommend to anyone who likes stories about the growth of likeable characters and strong, meaningful themes.
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