Number in Series: 2
Format: ARC ePub
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Lilt Literary
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/New Adult/Paranormal Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads
Picking up where BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON left off, A TASTE OF WINTER is the second book in a romantic paranormal fantasy trilogy, set in alternate history medieval times. It follows the life of young Moira, a half fae noblewoman who fell in love with her shape-shifter guard and ran away from her ancestral home.
Traveling the country, searching for a safe place to stay, the two of them soon realize that life is not as kind to them as they might have hoped. They feel the sting of prejudice and bigotry in each town they visit, and the reality of poverty and winter begin to erode Moira and Owain’s blossoming love.
In the castle they left behind, darker plans are afoot. The fae spy Brody is slowly taking over, and he has no love for humans. He needs to be stopped before he can seize power and trigger another war between the races. But Moira and Owain are long gone, and Brody always seems two steps ahead.
A Taste of Winter is the sequel to Blake's Lakeside series. In this book, we embark on Moira and Owain's journey after they ran away from Rochmond castle. They are madly in love with each other, but sadly, the rest of the world isn't. Owain being a Blaidyn (werewolf) seems to be the only thing people worry about. Not only must they suffer through the prejudice of those around them, they have to suffer with their living conditions as well. Moira is a former lady who doesn't know life outside the castle and Owain is a werewolf no one will hire. They travel day to day with very little to spare. They have no one idea how long they can go on or where they will go next.
I really enjoyed this sequel. By the Light of the Moon was such a beautiful fantasy world and I couldn't wait to immerse myself in that world again. Blake made it worth the wait. In the last book, we focused more on the worldbuilding and plots. In this book, it slowed down a bit as the main focus is Moira and Owain. I loved that we get the chance to see their love grow and how protective they are of one another. Moira is a human/Fae hybrid. She has power, but it isn't much. She doesn't know the world or how to survive in it on her own. Owain is tough and knows the world like the back of his hand. I like that it got to a point where it switched up a bit. Owain suffers a terrible injury and Moira is left the save him. I love that even though she is scared and has no idea what to do, she keeps her wits about her and is able to save him.
Moira and Owain had encountered many challenges. I love that the book is realistic in this manner. They may be in love, but it won't be easy. It was heartbreaking seeing the doubt they had whether they could survive like this especially Owain. He is a strong man with a lot of pride. He feels like he took Moira away from her comfortable life and is dragging her through Hell. He hates that he can't give her what she needs. He hates that he has left them vulnerable. It made me love him more because it just shows how much he loves her. What surprised me most though was Moira's strength in this book. She has grown so much. She had enough strength for both her and Owain. Owain doubted his ability to take care of her and Moira was the one to step up and say we take care of each other. She gave an amazing speech when Owain was about to do something royally stupid and I felt the need to give her a standing ovation.
The story is mainly told through Moira and Owain, but we also got more story from Maeve, Moira's mother. She is a Fae who loves the human world (most Fae don't). She is back to try and fix what she could to save Moira. Her story is sad and it is far from over. We learn so much the last third of the book. She has been through a lot and has made a lot of sacrifices to save Moira. I can't wait to see where her story leads because where it left off has me very worried.
As I said most of this book is about Moira and Owain. But we do get a little bit of the scheming that is taking place since Moira is gone. Brody/Brock has a plan and that plan will ruin the Fae and humans. We get to see just how vile and manipulative he is in this book. His hatred for humans is insurmountable. He will do anything to get rid of us and the Crosslings (human/Fae hybrids). We do have a bit of a surprise at the end, so maybe things will look up. Nonetheless, things just got crazy.
This was a wonderful sequel. I had a hard time putting it down. I love the world of Fae, werewolves, and humans. I like that there is a bit of realism thrown into this Fantasy world. I love that we got romance and some super sexy scenes. Thank you so much, Blake. If you are expecting a sweet little romance, look elsewhere. Those scenes were hot and I loved every one of them. This is a great read for Paranormal Romance fans. I can't wait for the conclusion. It will be epic.
*This book belongs to the following challenges*Under The Covers Book Blog 2014 Immortals Reading Challenge
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
About Laila Blake
Laila Blake (lailablake.com) is an author, linguist and translator. She writes character-driven love stories, co-hosts the podcast Lilt and blogs about writing, feminism and society. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies. Keeping a balance between her different interests, Laila Blake’s body of work encompasses literary erotica, romance, and various fields in speculative fiction (dystopian/post-apocalypse, fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy) and she adores finding ways to mix and match. A self-proclaimed nerd, she lives in Cologne/Germany, harbors a deep fondness for obscure folk singers and plays the guitar. She loves photography, science documentaries and classic literature, as well as Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. You can find her across the web. To stay up to date with her most recent publications, please consider signing up for her spam-free newsletter.
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