The Queen in Winter

The Queen in Winter

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USA Today bestselling author Claire Delacroix's romances are "a treasure chest of words, rare and exquisite" ( Rendezvous )

USA Today bestselling author Lynn Kurland "surprises and enchants with each turn of phrase and page" ( Publishers Weekly )...

Award-winning author Sharon Shinn's national bestselling fantasy novels are "taut, inventive, often mesmerizing" ( Kirkus Reviews ) and "rich with texture and diversity, and genuine characters." ( Anne McCaffrey )

And newcomer Sarah Monette's "richly imagined" ( Jacqueline Carey ) literary tapestries have earned her a Spectrum Award for short fiction...

Now, these brilliantly gifted authors come together with four tales of adventure that are as enchanting as they are exciting....A gifted seer receives a vision of a man who she was not meant to marry, but was meant to love...A man and an elven woman endure both the mundane and the magical in their quest to remain together...A warrior maiden is trapped in a deadly storm with the only man she ever wanted, whose scars she must heal if he is ever to want her...A brave young woman helps her sister save her magically-gifted child, only to receive an unexpected gift of her own. Enjoy four of today's most imaginative authors, and four stories of love as pure as the driven snow that will warm the coldest of hearts...

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780425207727
0425207722
Branch Call Number: Fic Quee
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Delacroix, Claire

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Mar 15, 2019

My 4-star rating is for the two stories I liked, the Monette and Shinn pieces. The Sharon Shinn novella is set in her Mystic and Rider universe and was mostly enjoyable because it was fun to spend more time with some of the minor characters from that series. The Sarah Monette story was clever and excellent, as is to be expected from Sarah Monette.

I think the piece by Kurland is, like the Shinn story, going to be primarily enjoyed by fans of her existing work, which the novella is an offshoot from. I thought it was boring and flat.

There may be an audience who will also enjoy the mess that is the piece from Delacroix, but I thought it was terrible and didn't get more than a few pages in.

FindingJane Jan 28, 2015

Featuring the titular season as their backdrop, these four tales hinge on resourceful or desperate women who seek to carve out new destinies for themselves.

“The Kiss of the Snow Queen” falls short for me. Not only does it take its cue from a well-worn Hans Christian Andersen story, it features a heroine who’s just a bit too biddable and too much like a Harlequin romance heroine (at once infuriated and aroused by her cocky would-be suitor). Her invisible suitor proves to be a tricky creature and skillful raconteur but a little too dismissive of virginity to be much more than a naughty incubus. “A Whisper of Spring” features a tired damsel-in-distress scenario. However, the rescue is only the beginning of what proves to be a very awkward but ultimately satisfying courtship.

My real favorite was the last story. “A Gift of Wings” features an Amazonian warrior who must heal the broken-down wizard who was once her lover. Neatly reversing the usual power and sexual dynamic, this tale shines as it deals with the difficult renewal of trust between two reticent people, each bearing personal scars. The difficulty of negotiating concealed feelings and misunderstood signals highlight a completely unexpected whodunit murder mystery. The sex scene--the only one in the series albeit rather softcore--is written with aching tenderness yet expresses true delight between its subjects. (The only thing that would have made this story perfect is if Agido had engaged in actual swordplay instead of just reminiscing about it.)

But this anthology is something to treasure. No matter how you prefer your romance, the women in it are a notch above and rate a qualified approval in the modern genre of feisty heroines who take charge of their lives.

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