Title: A Girl of White Winter
Author: Barb Hendee
Publisher: Rebel Base Books
Publication Date:August 7, 2018
Page Count: 327
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Kara, as a ward with no parentage and no future, has been raised knowing nothing outside her lady’s chambers. Until Royce Capello, a visiting nobleman, is struck by her ice-pale looks, and demands her as payment for the land the family needs.
With barely time to protest, Kara is sold and packed off for a life as a concubine—until a raiding party descends on Royce’s company and she’s kidnapped for the second time in as many days.
Whatever happens, Kara will be alone in the world, inexperienced and fearing even the vast unfamiliar sky. But one raider gives her a choice—and a magic mirror appears to show her where each path will lead…
~She can leave with her protector Raven and journey with his performing troupe, competing for his mercurial affections.
~She can flee the raiders’ settlement, and return to Royce’s manor, chattel among devious nobility.
~Or she can stay in the settlement, bound to firm, silent Caine, who is as gentle as he is staid and inscrutable.
Her fates twist and turn to affect far more than she could have guessed, tangling the bitter with the sweet—and Kara must choose which consequences she can live with…
A Girl of White Winter by Barb Hendee is the third book in the Dark Glass series. This series are historical fantasy reads that have one thing in common, the main character will be shown the outcome of three different paths from one choice they need to make in order to decide what to do. Each book features an all new story and characters so they could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.
In A Girl of White Winter we meet Kara who was born to a servant of a wealthy family and then orphaned and left in the lady’s care. She became a companion to her Lady and thought of her as family with them keeping each other’s company. One day however the Lord of the estate was in negotiation for a piece of land and he sold Kara to seal the deal.
Bought by a man named Royce and whisked away from the only life she had ever known Kara was afraid for her future. Just as she thought things couldn’t get any worse than they already were though a band of thieves attack Royce and his men and along with their property they also steal Kara away and take her back to their home where she is given her choices of paths that each hold vastly different outcomes.
Having read all three books of this series so far I do believe they get better each time. These are definitely more on the historical fiction side as the fantasy is only the seeing three outcomes before choosing but it’s certainly an interesting premise. Kara’s choices are not all sunshine and roses as a woman in that era not born to nobility wouldn’t have the greatest of lives but each choice was incredibly unique. After finishing I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what situation and choices lie ahead in the next installment.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Barb Hendee lives just south of Portland, Oregon in a funky townhouse with her husband J.C. and their two cats. She is the author of the Dark Glass, the Mist-Torn Witches, and the Vampire Memories series. Learn more at http://www.barbhendee.org
She is also the co-author of the Noble Dead Saga. Learn more at: http://www.nobledead.org