author: Sally Dubats
series: The Grimoire Chronicles #2
published: 5 December 2012
publisher: Which Witch Books
genre(s): fantasy, romance
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“Trenton drugged and kidnapped me. I was powerless.”
ainst her will to an isolated, frozen wilderness on an impossible quest, Cassie defends herself against Trenton who has gone over to the dark side. One minute he’s adorable and charming, and the next weird, uncaring, and hostile. And now, Cassie fears for her life.
Winter Solstice draws near, and Cassie performs magical spells to gain clarity. Instead she is shocked by visions and mind jumps into the lives of strangers on the brink of disaster.
Why is she in a hostile, threatening wilderness? What is causing the horrific visions? Cassie discovers there is much more at stake than her own survival. To survive, she must overcome impossible odds.
I truly love Sally’s books! Winter Shock is the second book in the series, continuing Cassie and Trenton’s story from the first novel, Veil Between Worlds. As much as I loved the first novel, I think I loved this one even more. The intrigue and suspense in this book was even greater than that of the first. For most of the first half of the book, all I wanted to do is reach into my Kindle and slap Trenton silly. His behavior was just as confusing to me as a reader as it was to Cassie, his girlfriend. This truly added to the suspense of the story, as we just couldn’t figure what he was up to!
Things to love…
- The twists and turns. There is so much to left to the imagination, especially in the first half of the book, that it lets the reader’s mind jump to conclusions. And just when you think you have it figured out, something happens to change that. The possibilities are wide open and it makes for some fabulous suspense.
- The magic and witchcraft. I love, love, LOVE that the depiction of witchcraft and magic is true to form, with none of the inaccuracies or even degradation that can be found in so much fiction that touches on witchcraft. The author effortlessly weaves knowledge into the story so that everything can be understood even by those who know nothing about true witchcraft. And she does it in a way that doesn’t come off as “lecturey” in the slightest.
- The characters. From Cassie and Trenton, to Maeve and Aunt Faye, to Holly and Laine, and all of the others in between… no matter what the role of the character is, they are made to be real people that we can all relate to in some way. I love that!
A definite must read if you enjoy witchy fiction. It’s truthful and completely easy to lose yourself in!