Traitor of Redwinter
The Redwinter Chronicles Book Two
by Ed McDonald
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add email@example.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 26 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2023
Orion Publishing Group, Gollancz
The second in Ed McDonald's Chronicles of Redwinter, full of shady politics, militant monks, ancient powers... and a young woman navigating a world in which no one is quite what they seem.
The power of the Sixth Gate grows stronger within Raine each day - to control it, she needs lessons no living Draoihn can teach her - but when her master Ulovar is struck by a mysterious sickness that slowly saps the vitality from his body, Raine must face her growing darkness alone. And to do so, she must learn the secrets the Draoihn themselves purged from the world.
The book can teach her. She doesn't know where she found it, or when exactly, but its ever changing pages whisper with power that has lain untouched for centuries.
But others have plans for Raine too, and as the king's health fails, rebellious lords begin to vie for power. Her former friend Ovitus seeks Raine's support as his clan turns to him for leadership, while the grandmaster seeks to harness Raine's potential as a deadly weapon to be launched right into her enemy's heart as even Redwinter scrambles to hold onto power.
Amidst threats old and new, Raine must find her path, weaving her way between a twisted friendship, a dangerous mentor, the dark secrets of the book, and the queen with a crown of feathers to whom Raine has already promised more than she can afford to give . . .
Praise for Daughter of Redwinter:
'Daughter of Redwinter has it all' Nicholas Eames
'A complex backdrop of culture, magic and characters' Robin Hobb
'Mysterious, honest and exciting from start to finish' Novel Notions
'A fascinating magic system, thoughtful prose, and a truly compelling main character' M.J. Kuhn
'Sad, exciting, mysterious and beautifully plotted' Catriona Ward
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 17 members
Lived up to the excellency of the first book and really kept that momemtum going! The character development is so strong here, its intricate and detailed and alongside the immersive storyline made for a winning storyline! The individual characters are so strong and well-rounded i felt like i knew every one of them and how they would act in certain situtations. The pacing is again slower at the start, but just like the first book, it really ramps up for a jam-packed second half that I couldn't put down! Everything from the world-building, to the plot, to the characters to the dialogue is masterfully crafted you can tell the time and effort that went into this! Action, betrayal, emotion, found-family, identity, secrets and plots galore and i loved every second.
This was so enjoyable. I haven't read the first in this series yet, so that is on my list of Kindle reads, and I can't wait to learn what brought Raine to the position we find her in Traitor of Redwinter. Lots of lovely red herrings and clues as to who IS the Traitor or Redwinter, and, as always, I patted myself on the back for putting them all together correctly.
Sometimes there is a little too much world history and magic explanation in straight exposition that could perhaps have been fed in through smaller chunks, but it didn't bother my reader head, only my writer one...
All told, excellent pacey High Epic fantasy. Recommended.
Readers who liked this book also liked:
Rick Riordan; Mark Oshiro
Children's Fiction, LGBTQIA, Teens & YA