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The Winter Charlatan by Victoria McCombs
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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: December 7th, 2021
A Queen raised in the shadows, and a Fraud Prince who needs her help.
The sole heir to the kingdom is destined to sleep for a hundred years. To hide this liability, the queen left her cursed daughter in the care of a trusted lord, while taking his son as her own. Rowan grew up hating the boy who had her crown and vowed to one day reclaim her place as queen.
But when a neighboring king threatens a war they won’t survive, Rowan must work with the fraud prince to save Elenvérs. She pledges herself as his spy in the enemy court and lives in the heart of danger. If she can’t save her kingdom before the curse hits, there may be nothing left to wake up to.
Book Three in the Storyteller’s Series. Each book is set in the same world with a few overlaying character, but is a unique plot.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
From The Desk Of Gwendalyn Anderson
The Winter Charlatan
By Victoria McCombs
As we tread deeper into the wintery months, and the cold northern winds descend upon us. I curiously picked up The Winter Charlatan by Victoria McCombs. This is the third installment in McCombs’s The Storyteller’s Series, and by far my favorite. An insatiable fairytale retelling, full of political intrigue and betrayal.
We follow Rowan the daughter of the king and queen of Elenvérs. Knowingly switched at birth because of a haunting curse that has been handed down. Unbroken, this generational curse continues to plague the woman in Princess Rowan’s royal family line. Cassian, and Princess Rowan were strategically switched at birth by their parents.
Rowan, granddaughter of the first cursed princess must live in secret, as the pretender sits in her rightful place. Raised as a noble, she is able to move freely within the court without as much restrictions if she was living as a Princess.
Princess Rowan is steadfast in her pursuit to take back what is rightfully hers. At all cost, she seeks to find a away to remove the curse. She is courageous and flawed, making her an easily relatable character. Rowan is a determined princess, and her character growth from the beginning of the book to end is something to behold. I loved her relationship with her foster sister, Elis, as well as the dynamics with Cassian.
One of the best reimagined fairytales I have had the chance to read in awhile. The story is like a steam-train rolling. Meticulously picking up speed as the tale progresses along. Gorgeous winter landscapes, along with frozen atmospheric imagery, places the reader within the heart of this captivating book.
A suspenseful absorbing, and a highly compulsive read here, that has quite a remarkable ending. Victoria McCombs has created an engaging and memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this stunning tale.
Some of the things I love most in this world are peppermint hot chocolate, peanut butter ice cream, golﬁng dates, Jesus, and game nights with family. And of course, books.
Fairytales were my ﬁrst love. I became obsessed with the idea that if one was brave enough, they could defeat dragons, and that true love was real. I met my true love in college, and together we raise our two boys. I have my dad to thank for teaching me to love writing, and my mom to thank for allowing us to keep a wall of medieval weapons in the house, which curated my love for that time period.
My dream is to write vivid worlds and charming characters that will leave an imprint on my reader’s hearts, the way that so many books have done for me.