Monday, August 16, 2010

Winter’s Orphans

Title: Winter’s Orphans
Author: Elaine Corvidae
Publisher: Mundania Press
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-59426-126-8
Genre: {M/F} Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

As an indentured worker, or rather factory slave, Mina Cole has lived from day to day, working her life away for meager earnings from a very young age. She knows that she is different from the other girls working alongside her and after work, she seek out the drink that help ease her tired body before she has to start another twelve hour shift. When she unknowingly stops one of the girl’s death with powers unknown to her, she draws the attention of the Seelie Court of Niune. After she had been attacked and still not trusting others, especially men, Mina rejects the help Duncan offers and yet she finds herself needing him more than she wants.

Over the years, Duncan RiDahn has survived by teaching faelings how to protect themselves. He lost his lover, along with the use of his legs, one fatal night to the Seelie Court. Mina becomes one of his reluctant students and her dark power is a draw to him, but also something that frightens him because he knows what kind of powers she might have. Her powers could be a threat to the Seelie Court., as well as to the faelings that live in Niune. He must do all he can to help her see herself for the good person she can be and not turn to the darkness that wants to take her over.

Winter’s Orphans is the first book in the Shadow Fae series and I found myself intrigued reading this story. This is a little different from the normal fairy stories and I really enjoyed finding my way through this book.

I understood Mina’s distrust of others because of how much she couldn’t trust them with her secrets. She did learn through Duncan how to trust, need and to love someone without there being a reason, other than caring. These two characters have a lot of issues without each other and when they did spend time together, they learned to trust each other more, or rather Duncan did.

This is the first book I have read by Ms. Crovidae, and I thought she did a great job of spinning this tale. There is a lot going on with the plotting, and the creativity of secondary characters afforded more to the storyline. I am looking forward to the next book in the Shadow Fae Trilogy, to see which direction the story goes.

No comments: