Winterhold [Winterhold Series Book 1]

Winterhold [Winterhold Series Book 1]

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by Stephen Almekinder
     
 

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[Prequel to The Blood of Winterhold] "Blood, my boy. The blood of life and death." Spoken by the old Seer who watches the rise and fall of the powerful upon Winterhold, the phrase echoes throughout the book. Blood determines the place each must occupy in society and, in a very direct way, helps to provide the warmth so precious upon the winter bound planet. The story

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[Prequel to The Blood of Winterhold] "Blood, my boy. The blood of life and death." Spoken by the old Seer who watches the rise and fall of the powerful upon Winterhold, the phrase echoes throughout the book. Blood determines the place each must occupy in society and, in a very direct way, helps to provide the warmth so precious upon the winter bound planet. The story takes place in a ritual bound society, rife with court intrigues, upon a planet locked in perpetual winter. It concerns the generations-old conflict between its King and Queen, and the love between a man and a woman that threatens to shatter the patterns established by the Rituals, the complex set of rules and customs that governs every aspect of life. A follower of the King plots to overthrow both monarchs. But he is frustrated by both the attack of rebel clans, who attempt to do away with the Rituals, and the intervention of the man who loves the Queen as a woman and not as a monarch. A battle among the different factions ensues. After it is over, everything has changed and nothing has changed. Blood has been spilled, both to take life and to preserve it. [Cover art: Dirk A. Wolf]

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Anonymous Reviewer
Winterhold equals or perhaps even surpasses Lord of the Rings as great literature. Almekinder has created an alien world that replicates conditions reminiscent of our own arctic wastelands. Although the southern part of this world is warmer, the substantive action takes place in sub-zero temperatures. This is not a book for people yearning for a quick conflict and resolution.
Rob H. Bedford
Overall, Almekinder has created that is extremely detailed, almost to a fault, populated by characters trying to make the best of their situation. In that respect he has created a plausible tale.
Lisa DuMond
WINTERHOLD is an addictive substance. You start out thinking you can take it or leave it and progress until you are sneaking away to snatch a page whenever possible. Almekinder's plotting is insidious and hard to resist, making for a compulsive read by the mid-point of the book. WINTERHOLD is a frozen world, but far from frigid. Give it the slightest chance and it will ice down your summer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000060971
Publisher:
Hard Shell Word Factory
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
717 KB

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Winterhold 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age: 17/ height: 5'6"/ weight: 109 pounds/ race: khajiit/ clothes: a green tunic and white pants with a brown belt and matching boots/ appearance: silver colored fur and sea blue eyes/ anything else, please ask.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Look up. Age: 18. Race: Argonian. Looks: Red scales with a bit of bkack mixed in. She has a white throat, orange eyes, two horns on the back sides of her head. Raspy voice. Other: Ask.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read every word of this book, and I usually skim fiction. I got a feeling of being right in the author's world and I only came out of it when the kids insisted on being fed. And the sequel is just as good.