I am really enjoying Dead of Winter, a fascinating novel by Teagan Riordain Geneviene, told as a series of journeys. Thirteen journeys are currently available with the final one due for publication soon.
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Journey 10: Pergesca
What Amazon says
“Dead of Winter: Journey 10, Pergesca” resumes outside the Lost Library, where Hallgeir was faced with a decision that could impact the entire world.
Lucetius is gravely wounded when he attempts to deliver a message. Emlyn, Zasha, and Osabide are again separated from all their friends. The Three must continue their journey without assistance or protection from the other travelers. They must reach the faraway city of Pergesca. That is also the seat of power of the ancient Society of Deae Matres. Will the companions eventually be reunited?
A vicious enemy returns, displaying unexpected strength.
An important character dies in this novelette. The death of a character is a rare thing in stories written by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene.
This journey is full of surprises and moves the story along at a terrific pace. Siblings, Hallr and Haldis both show different sides to their characters, leading to unexpected changes to the storyline. This particular part of the story was intriguing and well handled by the author, leaving the reader gasping in astonishment and unsure whether to feel relieved or suspicious.
Emlyn’s powers continue to develop and she is getting a better handle on controlling them but interventions still happen. A most unexpected set of circumstances brings Emlyn, Sasha, and Osabide directly into the path of confrontation with a terrible enemy. Another intervention, brings unexpected relief and leaves the reader feeling pleased and encouraged.
The trio travel to Pergesca, Zasha’s city and the head quarters of the Deas Matras. Zasha introduces her companions to a new and fascinating character, HaDritak Baki, who is the proprietress of an inn with enjoyable name of the Golden Book. The name of the inn is a bit of a play on the character of Mistress Baki who is an enterprising and educated woman.
Luce’s role in the story becomes more apparent as well as his involvement with his mother and Emlyn.
This is one of the most descriptive and vivid journeys I have read in this series to date and I am looking forward to Journey 11.
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Journey 11: The Sumelazon
What Amazon says
Meet a new character in this Journey of Dead of Winter. She is a Deae Matres whose encounter with Gethin Gwilym has an unexpected result. Next in Pergesca, we get better acquainted with a noblewoman or “HaDritak,” who is an old friend of Zasha. She has a few tricks up her sleeves.
Emlyn sees and experiences places, customs, and foods that are foreign to her. One of her gifts is growing.
As the conclusion of Emlyn’s “Journeys” draws near, we see that our heroes are underdogs. They are out-manned, “out-spirited,” and under-powered — physically, magically, and politically. With no other recourse, they make use of deception and manipulation. Although, how can that possibly be enough?
Journey 11 starts off in the Lost Library and we find out what has happened to Gethin, Hallgier, and Tajin. It is a relief to know that Blossom and the other horses are safe and protected. We also discover that a small number of the Deae Matres are men. This interesting detail comes up a few times over the course of this journey, and some other surprising characteristics of the society are unveiled. It seems that the Deae Matres, despite their education and lofty societal and individual goals, is not immune from politics which slows the wheels and results in a cumbersome internal infrastructure.
A most interesting ancestor of Gethin comes to the fore and through this link, he obtains a most unusual weapon. I wonder when it will be used in the series?
Back in Pergesca, Zasha, Osabide, and Emlyn continue to plan their strategy and Emlyn receives a most beautiful white silk gown which makes her look just like her ancestor, Eriu.
Despite a less than satisfactory meeting with the Council of the Deae Matres, the trio find support and help in a most unexpected place. Luce brings news of a threat from the direction of the Sumelazon Escarpment, while Emlyn discovers that her powers are considerably stronger than she thought.
An exciting new chapter in this excellent fantasy tale.