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Winter War Awakening PDF, ePub eBook The Binding is broken. Mátyás is alive. And Anna Arden is on the run. It seems, yet again, that breaking the Binding has shattered the world. And the only hope of mending it is Anna and Mátyás, working together. But it’s never that simple, is it? The praetheria, the creatures once held captive by the spell, are now waging war against the Austro-Hungarian empire. And they a The Binding is broken. Mátyás is alive. And Anna Arden is on the run. It seems, yet again, that breaking the Binding has shattered the world. And the only hope of mending it is Anna and Mátyás, working together. But it’s never that simple, is it? The praetheria, the creatures once held captive by the spell, are now waging war against the Austro-Hungarian empire. And they are holding Noémi hostage–using her life to manipulate Anna and Mátyás, like marionettes on a string. Gábor has elected to stay behind, to fight in the Hungarian army’s resistance, while Anna and Mátyás search for their beloved Noémi–a mission doomed from the start, cloaked in praetherian magic. Magic that relies on illusion and misdirection. Eventually, there’s only one way to save her: to split up. And to walk right into the lion’s den. When everyone thinks they’re fighting each other for the same thing–freedom–can anyone truly win?

30 review for Winter War Awakening

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cesar

    2 stars. I've been holding myself back from writing a review because I'm not sure what I should write. I could just say in a paragraph or two that I just didn't enjoy it and just give my star rating. But I wanted to at least give my honest thoughts on Winter War Awakening and the series as a whole. Winter War Awakening is the last book in the Blood Rose Rebellion trilogy. War is about to break out between countries as well as with the praetheria. A war which could have the praetheria being the dom 2 stars. I've been holding myself back from writing a review because I'm not sure what I should write. I could just say in a paragraph or two that I just didn't enjoy it and just give my star rating. But I wanted to at least give my honest thoughts on Winter War Awakening and the series as a whole. Winter War Awakening is the last book in the Blood Rose Rebellion trilogy. War is about to break out between countries as well as with the praetheria. A war which could have the praetheria being the dominant species and humans at the bottom. Anna and Matyas have to stop the war by any means necessary. This being the last book in a series, I was really disappointed. It reminds me a lot of War Storm, the last book in the Red Queen series where I was left disappointed with the ending and the war in general. Winter War Awakening had the promises of being a somewhat decent ending involving war and political intrigue. That wasn't the case, however. Similar to War Storm, WWA started out promising but ended poorly. The main reason for the low rating is because of how bored I was. That's it. The 'war' in the title was boring and lacking. I actually skimmed read the last 100 pages because it was so boring. Part of the reason why I thought it was boring was because of the setting. If you look into my review of Lost Crow Conspiracy, I said that this series should've taken place in a fantasy setting, not a historical fantasy setting. Since the story is based on real-life events, it's pretty easy to know what happens. And with that in mind, it makes the war redundant considering what actually happens if you look into it. I don't want to go off on a tangent because I already said what I think of alternate historical fantasy books, but this series has a very unbelievable world. I know the point of historical fantasy is to suspend your disbelief and enjoy it. I've done that before and I had fun reading the genre. But Blood Rose Rebellion tries to be serious about the magic system and how it affects the world to the point where not even suspending my disbelief would work. Lastly, the characters were just as boring as the plot. Anna continues to remain an unchanging character even when she's faced with lots of hardships. Plain and nothing more. As for Matyas, I really didn't care for him. He was just there and his chapters can be unnecessarily long. Verdict Winter War Awakening was overall, a bland ending to a bland series filled with flaws. I can honestly say that I will not be missing this series now that it is over. Thanks for reading my review. -Cesar

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    An incredible finish to the trilogy. As soon as I started, I didn't want to put it down. Eves creates beautiful images with her mastery of language. It is a timely book dealing with the ugliness of prejudice, as well as the importance of accepting oneself. I would recommend this book as well as the rest of this series to anyone who loves fantastical creatures, history, or a book well written.

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Clever Reader

    This book was everything I would have hoped for when it came to the ending of this trilogy. If you're looking for a unique YA Historical Fantasy than you'll love this one! It's set in Hungary and is loosely based on the events of the Hungarian Revolution of the 19th century. Rosalyn put so much heart into this trilogy and making sure she stayed as true to the history as she could. Anna's character arc from the beginning of this trilogy grew immensely and she just continued to get braver as the b This book was everything I would have hoped for when it came to the ending of this trilogy. If you're looking for a unique YA Historical Fantasy than you'll love this one! It's set in Hungary and is loosely based on the events of the Hungarian Revolution of the 19th century. Rosalyn put so much heart into this trilogy and making sure she stayed as true to the history as she could. Anna's character arc from the beginning of this trilogy grew immensely and she just continued to get braver as the books progressed. Matyas, Gabor, Noemi, and Hunger are all unique characters in their own way and this group brings about so much change for the country throughout the story. I am going to miss them but I'm grateful I can read them whenever I want to! The audio was fantastic! It's narrated by two of my favorites, Fiona Hardingham and Steve West. They have narrated so many of my favorites and this one is no exception!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    A lackluster finale that failed to capture my interest pretty much from beginning to end. To be fair, this may have been due to my memory being relatively limited of the prior novels because I didn't reread. However, Eves does do a nice job of recapping key plot points, so I wasn't totally lost either. Mostly, I felt like the characters didn't evolve enough in this final installment, so the book felt static even though the whole thing consisted of battles pretty much. Mátyás and Anna really feel A lackluster finale that failed to capture my interest pretty much from beginning to end. To be fair, this may have been due to my memory being relatively limited of the prior novels because I didn't reread. However, Eves does do a nice job of recapping key plot points, so I wasn't totally lost either. Mostly, I felt like the characters didn't evolve enough in this final installment, so the book felt static even though the whole thing consisted of battles pretty much. Mátyás and Anna really feel like the same people in this book as they did in the second, only they conveniently get control of their powers right at the exact instant they need them. The ending felt very convenient, with each of them fighting a battle with a boss, and boring because they failed to grow emotionally at all. I end this series with a shrug. There were cool elements to this series, but the conclusion lacked the emotional impact and consequences of the prior two novels.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Nichol

    This is my second favorite book in the whole series because I love how strong Anna is. In the other ones I felt like she was good, but always ashamed of who she was. She shook that off in this book. Anna was also strong for who she is and not just for what she feels like she has to do. I also loved the character development in Matyas because he stopped being so... grumpy? I can't think of a better word, even though that doesn't fit. I only say that it is not my favorite book in the series becaus This is my second favorite book in the whole series because I love how strong Anna is. In the other ones I felt like she was good, but always ashamed of who she was. She shook that off in this book. Anna was also strong for who she is and not just for what she feels like she has to do. I also loved the character development in Matyas because he stopped being so... grumpy? I can't think of a better word, even though that doesn't fit. I only say that it is not my favorite book in the series because the deaths, though necessary for the plot, were sad. I still loved this book and would recommend it!!! I have read it twice and loved it both times.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Allisa White

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. Don't be afraid of your gifts. You do no one a favor by making yourself small. Winter War Awakening took my heart and tore it into little pieces. Anna's and Matyas's story unmade me. Maybe it's too soon after reading this book, but I can barely untangle all of my feelings about this book. Suffice it to say, I loved it. It was the perfect conclusion to a beautiful series. Here's why: 1. Seeing Anna's growth throughout this serie I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. Don't be afraid of your gifts. You do no one a favor by making yourself small. Winter War Awakening took my heart and tore it into little pieces. Anna's and Matyas's story unmade me. Maybe it's too soon after reading this book, but I can barely untangle all of my feelings about this book. Suffice it to say, I loved it. It was the perfect conclusion to a beautiful series. Here's why: 1. Seeing Anna's growth throughout this series has been wonderful. She continues to discover herself, learn to accept herself. Her maturity shines with her decisions, with her growing selflessness. I've been cheering her on from book one, but by the end, I was crying, grieving, laughing, loving with her. She is by far one of my favorite heroines right now. 2. Matyas. Matyas, Matyas, Matyas. He's so impulsive, funny, self-deprecating, honest... how can I not love him? It's not secret that I live off of character development, and that's one of the reasons I love Matyas so much. He's so wonderful. 3. The expansion of the magic system. It happened in Lost Crow Conspiracy with the praetherians. In Winter War Awakening, Eves further explores the magic system, and it is so intriguing: with more folklore, Anna's and Matyas's powers, and the nearness of the praetherians in this book, I am just in awe. 4. This book goes at break-neck speed, just as Lost Crow Conspiracy had. My heart was continuously pounding, and I couldn't stop turning pages because I just needed to know what happened. I was so invested--in this story, in the characters... I couldn't pull myself away. 5. Eves doesn't sugarcoat the brutality of this war. In fact, it's horrible, but realistically so. Everything was at stake, and I felt it because of this. 6. All of the side characters. Noemi, Hunger, Emlijia, the liderc, Gabor, and so many more. I loved them all. So, so much. 7. The themes, the meaning, weaved into this book are so timely and lovely. It made my heart both hurt and soar at the same time. Honestly, I could keep writing more. There's so much to love about this book. Eves completely smashed my expectations and I couldn't be happier because of it (also a little sad because it's the end, but that's normal.) I cannot wait to read more from Eves. Favorite Quote: I might lose my whole life to waiting, and I'd rather have an imperfect happiness now than the hope of a more perfect one later. Sigh. I just want to read mooooooore.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)

    pooled ink Reviews: 4.5 Stars Winter War Awakening is a stunning conclusion to this trilogy of fantasy and fate. Shining with hope in the thick of brutal rebellion, shedding blood for each player's dream of freedom, and steady with the beat of a heart who knows victory cannot sacrifice goodness or else all dreams shatter. Written in Eves' lovely prose this final installment will both twist your heart and satisfy the story's journey. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2018/12/12/wint pooled ink Reviews: 4.5 Stars Winter War Awakening is a stunning conclusion to this trilogy of fantasy and fate. Shining with hope in the thick of brutal rebellion, shedding blood for each player's dream of freedom, and steady with the beat of a heart who knows victory cannot sacrifice goodness or else all dreams shatter. Written in Eves' lovely prose this final installment will both twist your heart and satisfy the story's journey. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2018/12/12/wint...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    Winter War Awakening is the third book in the Blood Rose Rebellion series and if you haven’t picked these books up yet, now might be a good time. Plus…these covers are some of my favorites. Since this is the third and final book, I will do my best to not spoil anything. This book picks up right about where Lost Crow Conspiracy wrapped up and the journey these characters have been going on is a big one and they aren’t done yet. Noemi is being held hostage and Anna and Matyas are going to do whate Winter War Awakening is the third book in the Blood Rose Rebellion series and if you haven’t picked these books up yet, now might be a good time. Plus…these covers are some of my favorites. Since this is the third and final book, I will do my best to not spoil anything. This book picks up right about where Lost Crow Conspiracy wrapped up and the journey these characters have been going on is a big one and they aren’t done yet. Noemi is being held hostage and Anna and Matyas are going to do whatever it takes to get her back. Similar to the last book, we get to experience what is happening from two perspectives – Anna and Matyas and it helped tie everything together for me as they end up splitting up. There were times that I felt that the story dragged a bit but as the book progresses, we not only get to learn more about what happens with the characters, but we get to see how they continue to grow and figure out who they are. Anna is strong character and doesn’t want to be a weapon…for anyone. Unfortunately, Vasilisa and the praetheria aren’t really going to give her a choice. As she is held captive, Vasilisa pushes and threatens Anna to get her to learn more about her magic and what she can do. Of course, it is all in an effort to get her to help the the praetheria but Anna isn’t willing to do what they want. Matyas continues to grow over the course of this installment and I love that. He is definitely not the same character he was in book one. Eves did a great job with the secondary characters as well. Noemi, Hunger, Gabor, and Emilijia are all so well developed and kept things moving along which at times was needed. As a reader, you can’t forget that there is a war happening and that means there is danger and, in all honesty, not a single one of these characters is safe. Keep that in mind as you read and the only thing I will add to that statement is that I was pleased with how everything wrapped up. If you’re looking for a book / series that has magic, danger, politics, a solid story, and well-developed characters, consider checking this one out. While there were a few times I struggled to stay engaged, in the end, the story was a good one. I’ll be watching out for what Eves writes next as she has an engaging writing style. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    'Winter War Awakening' is the stunning final book in the Blood Rose Rebellion Trilogy. I thought it was a wonderful way to end the series and tied everything up nicely. The story picks up where the last book left off, with our main characters Anna and Mátyás working together after the Binding was broken. In order to fix everything that has been destroyed in the process, Anna and Mátyás have to team up and fight to right the wrongs that have been done. The story was exciting, full of action and a 'Winter War Awakening' is the stunning final book in the Blood Rose Rebellion Trilogy. I thought it was a wonderful way to end the series and tied everything up nicely. The story picks up where the last book left off, with our main characters Anna and Mátyás working together after the Binding was broken. In order to fix everything that has been destroyed in the process, Anna and Mátyás have to team up and fight to right the wrongs that have been done. The story was exciting, full of action and adventure, suspense, and lots of important topics like fighting for what you believe in and accepting yourself for who you are, among others. The writing was once again amazing. The author uses such vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that the world comes to life in front of our eyes and pulls us in from the very beginning. I loved that I could clearly imagine myself alongside the characters as their journeys continued. One major plus for me was the author's writing style. The story is told from dual perspectives - that of Anna and Mátyás. But both narrators speak in the first person, which is always my favorite because it allows the reader to really get to know the characters and connect with them on a deeper level than any other point of view. This was definitely the case with this story and I adored learning more about both Anna and Mátyás as well as watching them really come into their own - accepting themselves for who they are, fighting for what they believed in, maturing and overcoming huge obstacles. It was a treat to see how much each of them changed throughout the series. This is a fantastic mashup of historical fiction and fantasy, which made it intriguing for me because it's a kind of alternate history. Add in magic and I'm done for - no matter the book. Overall, this was an awesome trilogy and I highly recommend it to fans of YA, historical fiction, and fantasy. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elsa Munoz

    This book had everything a conclusion should have. There were moments of tension, happy moments, moments of questioning if you have the guts or strength to do a difficult task, and obviously there were many, many heartbreaking moments.... Especially chapters 19-22..... My favorite character, Hunger, was definitely a very compelling person. I wasn't sure if I should like him, considering the fact that half the time I wasn't sure where his loyalties lied....but then I saw a brief glimpse of who he This book had everything a conclusion should have. There were moments of tension, happy moments, moments of questioning if you have the guts or strength to do a difficult task, and obviously there were many, many heartbreaking moments.... Especially chapters 19-22..... My favorite character, Hunger, was definitely a very compelling person. I wasn't sure if I should like him, considering the fact that half the time I wasn't sure where his loyalties lied....but then I saw a brief glimpse of who he really, really is deep down and I was just in awe. He's one of those examples of "what's a monster but someone we don't understand". Hunger is just amazing and I started loving him the moment we first met in book one And then there's Mátyás 😍😍 he's so full of flaws and doubts, that it's so easy to identify with him. But despite all his short comings, Mátyás pulls through. He might not want to rise up to the challenge but HE DOES. And that right there takes strength. Anna was a character that I honestly didn't really like in book 1....she was kinda whiney...but she also goes through a ton of ordeals and learns from her mistakes. She grows so much and learns to deal with situations a lot better. She stops blaming herself for every little thing and comes to terms with who she is and I love that! I definitely recommend picking this book up of you like historical fiction/fantasy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*

    I really enjoy all the history and magic being mushed together. I think that is my "thing" right now. I especially love the history that isn't focused on Western Europe, because I get to learn about cultures I am less familiar with. Also MAGIC. Short review time - so basically I was anxious, then sad, then relieved, the surprise-sad, then grateful, then worried, then happy, then sad for real, then bittersweet, then the end. Does that help? :-) This story wraps things up beautifully, but it isn't I really enjoy all the history and magic being mushed together. I think that is my "thing" right now. I especially love the history that isn't focused on Western Europe, because I get to learn about cultures I am less familiar with. Also MAGIC. Short review time - so basically I was anxious, then sad, then relieved, the surprise-sad, then grateful, then worried, then happy, then sad for real, then bittersweet, then the end. Does that help? :-) This story wraps things up beautifully, but it isn't a "neat" package at the end. There is joy and sorrow in real life, and this book, excepting the magic, is REAL. War is dirty and messy and loud and horrible and this book and the story it tells is dirty and messy and loud and horrible, but the relationships (not only romantic) forged in this fire are for LIFE. Those bonds don't break. I don't want to say much more, because this is the end of a trilogy, and I really don't even like spoiling things from previous books if I can help it. But if you like history and magic and war and strong female leads, then please check this series out. I promise you won't be disappointed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    James Tullos

    See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/6nlIuGl8BCM I just... I can't anymore. This is the worst series I ever read, and I only came this far out of a sense of morbid curiosity. I don't want to retread old ground too much, so I'll just say a few positive things. Winter War Awakening is better than those that came before it. It's still shit, but there's a little bit of improvement. Anna realizes that she's made some awful decisions and develops into a somewhat better person. Near the end she e See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/6nlIuGl8BCM I just... I can't anymore. This is the worst series I ever read, and I only came this far out of a sense of morbid curiosity. I don't want to retread old ground too much, so I'll just say a few positive things. Winter War Awakening is better than those that came before it. It's still shit, but there's a little bit of improvement. Anna realizes that she's made some awful decisions and develops into a somewhat better person. Near the end she even gets a couple of genuinely badass moments fighting the villains. And the climax as a whole is... competent. Not great or even that good, but it feels like it was written by someone with some level of skill. I can't recommend this series, it's awful by just about every conceivable metric, but I'll give credit where it's due. Winter War Awakening had a few parts I liked.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda-Has-A-Bookcase

    Hold onto your Chimera self folks because you are in for a very exciting ride! Winter War Awakening picks up pretty much right where Lost Crow Conspiracy ends - searching for Naomi. Author Rosalyn Eves pumps up the drama compared to what was in the two previous books and right away the reader is pulled into the action. This book has the duel narrative as seen in the last book and we get an even better insight into the characters. I love the themes of finding oneself and learning to become more t Hold onto your Chimera self folks because you are in for a very exciting ride! Winter War Awakening picks up pretty much right where Lost Crow Conspiracy ends - searching for Naomi. Author Rosalyn Eves pumps up the drama compared to what was in the two previous books and right away the reader is pulled into the action. This book has the duel narrative as seen in the last book and we get an even better insight into the characters. I love the themes of finding oneself and learning to become more than what is expected of you. A strong female lead backed by an equally strong cast of characters the Blood Rose Rebellion series mixes a high does of fantasy overlaid with historical settings. Winter War Awakening was the perfect conclusion to the series and let me just say again action packed! Wow!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    While reading Winter War Awakening, I could not help but wonder what if Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia and Meg Murray from A Wrinkle In Time were to meet, it be in this book. Befriending a stranger and having that person be your key survival buddy in getting through a Winter War does not get more conflicting than that. There were some parts however, that went off on small tangents making it hard to follow but when it got back on point, you could not stop reading. Thank you Netgalley and Rando While reading Winter War Awakening, I could not help but wonder what if Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia and Meg Murray from A Wrinkle In Time were to meet, it be in this book. Befriending a stranger and having that person be your key survival buddy in getting through a Winter War does not get more conflicting than that. There were some parts however, that went off on small tangents making it hard to follow but when it got back on point, you could not stop reading. Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children's for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. We will definitely consider this title for our YFantasy collection. That is why we are giving this book 4 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura Holt

    I am a huge fan of Rosalyn Eve's Blood Rose Rebellion series, and this final installment, while bittersweet because it is the end of the story line, did not disappoint! From the romance and action to the plot and character arcs, Rosalyn weaves a heart wrenching tale of why things like love (of others as well as yourself) and equality are vital to the survival of any race. Add a dash of fantasy and a pinch of history, and you have a literary masterpiece, which is exactly what this book is! Not to I am a huge fan of Rosalyn Eve's Blood Rose Rebellion series, and this final installment, while bittersweet because it is the end of the story line, did not disappoint! From the romance and action to the plot and character arcs, Rosalyn weaves a heart wrenching tale of why things like love (of others as well as yourself) and equality are vital to the survival of any race. Add a dash of fantasy and a pinch of history, and you have a literary masterpiece, which is exactly what this book is! Not to mention that Rosalyn once again succeeded in spinning me full tilt with her plot twist. 5 magnificent stars for a magnificent book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Hastings

    A wonderful conclusion to an epic historical fiction trilogy. The character development is beautiful and both Anna and Matyas have to accept their whole selves, the good and the bad, to accomplish the impossible. The romance between Anna and Gabor is sweet, but with plenty of kisses (I’ve waited two books for these kisses, thank you very much). Author Rosalyn Eves’ research shines throughout the story in the smallest details, traditions, and folklore. It’s a must read for all historical fantasy A wonderful conclusion to an epic historical fiction trilogy. The character development is beautiful and both Anna and Matyas have to accept their whole selves, the good and the bad, to accomplish the impossible. The romance between Anna and Gabor is sweet, but with plenty of kisses (I’ve waited two books for these kisses, thank you very much). Author Rosalyn Eves’ research shines throughout the story in the smallest details, traditions, and folklore. It’s a must read for all historical fantasy fans!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Definitely a good end to the series. I feel like everything ended just right for Anna and Máthyás. The majority of the flow of the books didn’t feel like it was forced. I finished it in. Two days. I was sucked in. Definitely a good fantasy read. The magic plus the history is a big yes for me! I love when authors blend that together. There were some moments that seemed to drag a bit through out the book/series, but it was good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    CR

    My Review: Everything heats up in this final installment to the Blood Rose Rebellion series. This one was WAY speedier than book one and two and I have to say that it worked out well through my binge reading of this wonderful series. I could not put it down and this one ends so well. I could not think of a better ending. I didn't want this one to end and I am so sad now that this much loved series is now over. I know that I will have to revisit this one sometime soon.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Seegmiller

    There are a lot of clichés when it comes to how trilogies end, and, thankfully, Eves resisted all of them, striving instead to conclude a story in a way that is authentic to the characters and the world. This is a brilliant culmination of a world that is unique, and, again, I thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the writing. I can't recommend this whole trilogy highly enough.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a great ending to a great series. I love the way Eves writes that really makes you think about what her characters are going through in their mind and how they make their decisions. There were a few parts in the book that was a little slow, and it felt like the ending was a little flat after the entire books build up to it, but all in all, an awesome read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Molly Cluff

    I'm sad this series is over! This was definitely a finale with a lot of excitement and large-scale stakes! loved seeing more of Gabor. Rosalyn Eves has such crisp, pretty writing that it's always such a delight to take it all in.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Colby

    It was a disappointing end to the series. I loved Blood Rose Rebellion, but I felt like the flow of the story died in Lost Crow Consipracy. I was really hoping it would be revived in Winter War Awakening, but I just couldn't even finish the book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shmabby

    Hunger is officially a Bodacious Book Boy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    This book felt like she was just dragging it out even though in the alternate timeline, the war was shorter. I think this should have been a duology instead.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    There was a lot to tie up in this book and no one was safe, but it was a satisfying conclusion to the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Taffy

    Opening line: "These mountains gave nothing back." AMAZING story! I can't wait for more stories from Rosalyn!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Very predictable, a little bit underwhelming, but still enjoyable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kait

    **Originally posted on The Fandom** Anna Arden is making her last stand in Winter War Awakening, but her story is returning to some familiar pitfalls. Hungary is on the verge of war: With the Austrian Empire and its allies, and with the creatures known as the praetheria that they don’t even see coming. Since being outcast and imprisoned by the humans, the praetheria has been biding their time to attack. Anna and Mátyás know this, but they’re one of few who do, and their efforts to caught up in t **Originally posted on The Fandom** Anna Arden is making her last stand in Winter War Awakening, but her story is returning to some familiar pitfalls. Hungary is on the verge of war: With the Austrian Empire and its allies, and with the creatures known as the praetheria that they don’t even see coming. Since being outcast and imprisoned by the humans, the praetheria has been biding their time to attack. Anna and Mátyás know this, but they’re one of few who do, and their efforts to caught up in trying to save praetherian captive Noémi. They play a careful game of chess between the angry creatures and the warring armies, but winning doesn’t feel like a genuine possibility as the fighting grows more intense than ever. Throughout the series, Eves has done a great job riding the fine line required for historical fantasy– meshing important real-life events in with the impossible magical elements to create something fresh. At the end of the novel, she uses this unique genre to create a show-stopping conclusion but while getting there, Eves struggles to provide fresh, engaging storyline for her characters. Anna and Matyas go through a revolving door of training and being kidnapped– occasionally training with the people that kidnapped them. A couple of important secondary characters change their alliances in the blink of an eye without much internal conflict recognized. It feels like something we should be past in the third part of a trilogy. There are confrontations, moments of drama, and a bright reveal that help elevate the novel in its latter half, but the first half just doesn’t offer much for readers to sink their teeth into. While this series doesn’t and in my opinion shouldn’t focus on romance, the way it conveys the small amount of romance it does have is a source of frustration. Yet again, this novel keeps Anna and Gabor for most of the time. Thankfully, it employs a charming device meant to remind you of their connection throughout, and that eases things up a bit. Still, I want to really see how these two work as a team in stressful situations and there’s very little of that. Meanwhile Noemi, who was a great character in her own right in the first book, is essentially chalked up to a romantic straw man. I did appreciate the moment in which Matyas seemed to recognize the error of his ways in his past relationships, though it’s only a brief flash in the overall story arc. I was happy with the novel’s conclusion, but I needed more from the story and the characters alike. I liked this novel– and this trilogy– and thought it was interesting, but in a sea of YA releases, it’s a bit forgettable.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Schooley

    Such lovely, lyrical writing in the is trilogy. Usually not a fan of historical fantasy, but this one has inspired me to seek out more. Also Fiona Hardingham and Steve West were a pleasure to listen to on the audiobook.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    With the binding broken, the world is in upheaval trying to find where the praetheria fit. Book three resumes where book 2 left off with Anna fleeing for her life and Matyas alive and ready to work with Anna. The future of magic is at stake and Anna and Matyas must be leery of those who wish to control them. Can they figure out not only how to work together, but how to save the world as well? The alternating viewpoints are clearly labeled and the author uses them to weave a rich story filled wit With the binding broken, the world is in upheaval trying to find where the praetheria fit. Book three resumes where book 2 left off with Anna fleeing for her life and Matyas alive and ready to work with Anna. The future of magic is at stake and Anna and Matyas must be leery of those who wish to control them. Can they figure out not only how to work together, but how to save the world as well? The alternating viewpoints are clearly labeled and the author uses them to weave a rich story filled with adventure and uncertainty. The story telling continues to be flawlessly interwoven with history and research, to form an alternate magical world. The character growth is dramatic and the author’s attention to detail has created a perfect ending filled with positive messages and reader intrigue.

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