Winter King, first in this series, has a gorgeous wrapper. I love the artwork. It’s so beautiful! J.S. Dark, if you read this review kudos to your artist!
Lately, I’ve read a great deal of paranormal romance, reverse harem, and sports romance. I am one of those people who gets focused on a genre and then ruts it until I find something to distract me. I looked at this cover for sometime before I read the book. Then it took a while to write the review for no other reason than the end of the year was crazy. I’m not as late to the party as much as I am late announcing I’m here.
Wyth is in trouble. The faerie realm is in danger. Monsters from the Tywyll Forest are plaguing the people; curses are killing the land.
King Cadewyn of the Winter Court can save his world if he is willing to sacrifice a life. One human life. The life of a pure-hearted, selfless human. Amber’s life. But the kicker is Cade can’t just take her life to save the Kingdom. Amber must be willing to be the sacrifice. He plans to show her the beauty and wonder of the Winter Court, introduce her to the residents, let her see the way of life in the Faerie realm.
The King has stupidly misplayed his hand because Wyth has wooed his tribute; the Kingdom is fascinated with Amber. Favored by the goddesses, her presence is fated. Oh, and to his dismay, she is his one and only mate.
I felt at first that the characters were stiff. So formal that it felt uncomfortable, the portrayal of Cadewyn, hollow. J.S. Dark writes the King that way for growth. He becomes less cold and more real as he falls for Amber. But the actual test of his growing humanity is that the goddesses’ ritual requires a sacrifice. Wyth needs a human willing to die for it, but Cadewyn is the one who has to lose his person for the sake of his people.
While Cadewyn, Amber, Cade’s Sister, Tenen, Vasant, Kei, and the royalty of the other Wyth Courts are all interesting, the gold for me is the goddesses. I love Haeri, Haere, Haera. The most successful tool used in this story is J.S. Dark’s archetypal representations. The rule, the mentor, the innocent, the magician, the villain, the ally, the trickster, and the maiden, mother, and crone.
I will be jumping into the next book as soon as I have time. The Spring Warrior’s cover is just as pretty, and the story will be killer—I know it will.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.
Title: Winter King (The Wyth Courts #1)
Author: J.S. Dark
Genre: Steamy Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 09, 2019
His court is dying, and she’s his only hope …
Monsters of the Tywyll Forest have poisoned the Winter Court, unleashing a prophecy that demands a human sacrifice to save the withering land. Willing to do whatever it takes to save his people, King Cadewyn of the Winter Court ventures to the human world in search of one insignificant life to claim…
Amber was used to her life being in shambles, but getting kidnapped and whisked off to a magical fae realm was a new low even for her. While feeling drawn to the fae King by a sizzling attraction, her apprehension builds to a panic when she finds out why she was brought there.When Cade discovers that Amber is his mate, can he carry out his plan to sacrifice her? Or will the malicious plotting of others within the court leave Amber trapped in the mystical realm with nowhere to run? Winter King is a standalone steamy paranormal romance with a HEA. Each book in the Wyth Courts series will feature a different couple, with a complete story, and a HEA. Suited for readers 18+ due to language and sex scenes.
About J.S. Dark:
J.S. Dark is the pen name of a USA Today Bestselling author. As J.S. Dark, she writes steamy paranormal and fantasy romance, with red hot heroes and their sassy soulmates. Her passion for books started when she was very little, and her first novel was penned at only thirteen years old. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, and way too many books!
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