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Midwinter: Roman

Midwinter: Roman

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by Matthew Sturges

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Midwinter 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Narno More than 1 year ago
Good first book from the author, but not a fantastic book. I felt at times that the writer doesn't go deep enough into the details of certain parts of the book, the action scene especially. As if these scenes were written to be complimented by comics images... but they are not.
KimberlySouza More than 1 year ago
“Midwinter” by, Matthew Sturges In the land of Faerie a war is brewing between the Seelie and the Unseelie courts. Queen Regina Titania of the Seelie court has sent orders to the Crere Sulace prison for the release of Mauritane (a Fae soldier who was once a captain in the Seelie Army). The Queen offers Mauritane and a few other prisoners a full pardon if they complete a dangerous task for her. As this small but brave group journeys through a treacherous land to gain their freedom, dark forces are conspiring to end their lives and destroy Faerie itself.   Midwinter is a great book to read if you are just getting into fantasy stories. I say this because Midwinter doesn’t have a million characters to keep track of (like so many other fantasy stories do) and the magic used by the characters isn’t hard to understand. In this story you will find a handful of very complex and likable characters and an interesting but simple world.  I think that Raieve was my favorite character in this book. I found her to be strong, smart, and willing to fight for what she wanted. She had a rough life but she didn’t let it destroy her. She learned to protect herself and used her strength to help protect others. Midwinter also has a “touched” Arion stallion named Streak. His being “touched” means that he is able to talk to his master/rider. I thought Streak was a delightful addition. The only problem that I had with this book was that I felt like some things were out of place and maybe not needed at all. It isn’t necessary to go into detail about them because overall I enjoyed this story and I plan on reading the second book in the series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book. Sturges had some really interesting ideas, they just never felt quite fully explored.
ChristopherWFrancis More than 1 year ago
I have read Jack of Fables and loved that series, so when I first received my copy of Midwinter I was pretty excited. Sturges does a great job in creating a gritty world with believable characters and a pretty good plot. Being generally interested in darker fantasy novels such as George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and Steven Erikson's Malazan series, "Midwinter" fits in that genre with great ease, and being a quick read to boot. I enjoyed the aspect of different worlds/dimensions with different races and how he combined "our" world with his fantasy world. Overall this is a great first novel for Sturges, who is accustomed to writing for comics and other short fiction.
Kimbeey13 More than 1 year ago
This was a decent read. Some parts felt either to slow or to fast and there was a chapter or two that I felt was kind of out of place. The relationships were fast moving and seemed a little forced at times. As far as characters go I didn't feel to much for most of them, though I didn't completely hate them all either. I felt the best parts were centered around Satterly (my personal favorite character in the book), he seemed to me to gain the most character growth within the story. I would recommend this book if you're looking for a nice read, but nothing to fantastic.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Seelie Army Captain Mauritane is accused of treason. He is allowed to live because he is a war hero, but the disgraced officer is sentenced to life behind bars with no parole at the dark mountainous Crere Sulace prison. He has no hope for the future and barely survives the present in this ancient tomb.

That is he has no hope until the Seelie Queen Regina Titania offers Mauritane redemption and freedom if he willingly agrees to perform a suicide mission. He agrees on the condition that he selects his crew and they also receive royal clemency. Titania agrees. As the every century winter freezes the land, Mauritane, Raive the beautiful warrior elf, Lord Perrin Alt, and human scientist woirk to save the Seelie kingdom while the Unseelie Queen Mab deploys the war plan of Hy Pexho to destroy their neighbor.

Besides being an excellent quest fantasy, MIDWINTER is a superb morality play. The hero and his "misfits" must choose between trying to save a nation that incarcerated them vs. fleeing for freedom perhaps in the Contested Lands between the two Fae kingdoms. Interestingly drawing up a pro and con chart would lead to running away because death is the probable response to saving the Seelie. The two nations feel real due to a strong cast in the kingdoms, the Contested Lands that divide them, and the maybe Seelie champions who each has personal enemies. Especially coming alive is the political intrigue inside the Sturges mythos. Fans will relish the eye opening first act from one of the Shadowpack and Jack of Fables comic book team (along with Bill Willingham ), and want more in this Fae setting.

Harriet Klausner