Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: When the Winter arrives, the Wolves will come down over the walls and eat little boys in their beds.
Doctor Nicholas Blake might still be afraid of the dark, but the monsters his grandmother tormented him with as a child aren’t real.
Or so he thought…until the sea freezes, the country grinds to a halt under the snow, and he finds a half-dead man bleeding out while a dead woman watches. Now his nightmares impinge on his waking life, and the only one who knows what’s going on is his unexpected patient.
For Gregor it’s simple. The treacherous prophets mutilated him and stole his brother Jack, and he’s going to kill them for it. Without his wolf, it might be difficult, but he’ll be damned if anyone else gets to kill Jack—even if he has to enlist the help of his distractingly attractive, but very human, doctor.
Except maybe the prophets want something worse than death, and maybe Nick is less human than Gregor believes. As the dead gather and the old stories come true, the two men will need each other if they’re going to rescue Jack and stop the prophets’ plan to loose something more terrible than the wolf winter.
Review: Nicholas Blake isn’t a happy man. The world is freezing, people are dying, and he’s powerless to do anything about any of it. That the current situation brings up feelings from his childhood and his grandmother’s tales isn’t helping things. Gregor isn’t too happy, either. His wolf has been stolen and he’s not sure if he wants revenge on his brother or wants to save him. Gregor does know he wants to keep the doctor. Of course, that’s when things start to get really weird. The Prophets are up to something that can best be described as heinous. The local villagers are being used in whatever nasty plans the Prophets have. It’s not pretty and is that really who Nick thinks it is?!?! As it turns out Nick isn’t who Nick thinks he is.
I’m of two minds about this book and the series in general. I am invested. I want to know what happens. I want Gregor and Jack to win and walk off into an icy sunset with the men they love! However, this reads a lot like a reboot of Norse mythology. That’s cool and all, but I’m not into reboots. Invariably I find myself frustrated no matter what. If the story sticks with the mythology then I feel like I was spoilered by my own knowledge, but if the story changes then I’m upset with the changes. It’s a lose lose endeavor.
I am interested in where this story is going. Things aren’t done. The Prophets are actually in a pretty decent position to challenge the Gods. I’m not trying to spoiler, but if you’ve read any of the skalds you know what’s coming. How are Nick, Gregor, Jack, and Danny going to survive that?
In a lot of ways I’m not the target audience for this book. I don’t like reboots and I don’t like overly descriptive prose. I’m not a person who likes a paragraph about the coldness of snow. But, I’m here, and I need to know. How can you be a key player in an epic saga and walk away when all is said and done?