- Series: Winter (Book 1)
- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Splashdown Darkwater (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0987653105
- ISBN-13: 978-0987653109
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,860,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Few things are as thrilling as finding a new writer whose talent for storytelling is obvious from page one. Well, meet Keven Newsome and prepare to be thrilled. If his chilling debut novel, Winter, doesn't leave you breathless and wanting more, you better make sure you have a pulse. Well developed characters, an intriguing, fast-paced plot, top-notch craftsmanship - Winter (and Keven Newsome) delivers in spades."
Robert Liparulo, author of Comes a Horseman, Germ, the Dreamhouse Kings series
"Newsome has delivered a taut thriller with a supernatural edge in Winter. It starts as a slow burn and builds to a gripping climax and the last scene will leave you ready for more. The character of Winter is complex, compelling, and sympathetic and the dual storylines work to great dramatic effect. Well done."
Greg Mitchell, author of The Strange Man
"Awesome debut novel. This is breathless. The spirit world is invisible, yet it may not be as irrelevant as it seems, especially to a young Goth who is surprised to learn she has the gift of prophecy. Dangerous goings-on at a Christian college pull her to rely on faith as she untangles a web of evil. I raced through this book. Sharply drawn characters and exciting events kept me reading deep into the night."
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Winter's past chapters are something I've never experienced in a book- chapters that not only kept my attention for good, but didn't bog down the story, felt organic to Winter herself, and fluid to the story itself. And with her struggles on who she is (finding self-identity and struggling with who God wants her to be), she felt very realistic, another dimension to her already 3-dimensional character, along with her friendships to her roommate (Summer, quite the irony, especially in the contrast in character personalities), her RA, and her guy friend. Towards the end, even with all the supposed obvious foreshadowing, I wasn't sure how it would end. What happened was nothing for short of completely shocking with a hyper-vile villain and what he did.
In the end scene, what happens literally dropped my jaw, and no there's no way I can wait for the sequel after that last sentence. Game on.
Goths aren't all the same, you know. Some are Christians.
...Christians to whom God sends visions."
Keven hooks you right from the start with wit and sympathy for a girl who's gone through a ton and is really taking a chance moving to college. She isn't a Goth you brush off as weird and wallowed in self-pity; she's one who you quickly root for as you watch her grow from a self-doubting freshman to a hero in her own God-crafted style. Keven masterfully portrays her troubled story through timelines that shift between past and present, and each piece fits in just the right place to make the next scene mean that much more in developing Winter's character. It's like reading two books in one, and each timeline represents a different perspective on suffering that leave the reader both inspired and thankful to be safe in their seat reading. Winter is a tough character that has a strong foundation of interest for future books in the series. Keven doesn't pull any punches on his bad guys either, and sets the stage for supernatural conflict on a grand scale using satanic priests well-versed in murder and political influence. Keven's use of prophecy to create a suspenseful, faith-building mystery is a highlight of his style, and one that will keep you engrossed in Winter's story well after you're done reading. One thing I learned from her story is that God can give me the means, but if I don't trust him in the darkness, I'll miss experiencing how great he can be overcoming the darkness. Thank you Keven, your book has truly inspired me to rejoice through my trials, and I can't wait to read more about Winter's pilgrimage on Earth.
Newsome painted the characters so well that I feel I know them. I'd love to meet Winter and talk to her about her gift. I'd love to hear her talk about her mother and their special relationship. I'd ask about how she's healing from her mother's death. The characterization is that well done...she seems like a real person.
The action is fast-paced and believable. It reminds me of Frank Peretti's writing in some ways with the insertion of the evil forces that daily surround us. The story line made me think about world events and if perhaps they are being orchestrated like Winter's nemesis orchestrates them in the book.
I hope Newsome has a sequel planned for Winter and Summer. I want to know how Kaci survives the ordeal in the bell tower. Do she and Winter remain friends? He left many scenarios to play out in another book, or two, or three. Who knows? It could be the next Nancy Drew-type series. Winter could have all sorts of adventures as she lives out her calling as prophetess.The book is truly a "Winter Wonderland," one in which all kinds of things can happen.