Aspect of Winter by Tom Early ~ Book Review by Queue

o-aspect-of-winterTitle: Aspect of Winter

Author: Tom Early

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Cover Artist: Sadie Thompson

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/15/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Blurb:

It’s hard enough being gay in high school, but Fay must also deal with hiding his magical ability—powers he barely understands and cannot possibly reveal. His best friend Sam is his only confidante, and even with her help, Fay’s life is barely tolerable.

Everything changes when Janus University, a college for individuals with magical capabilities, discovers the pair. When the university sends a student to test them, Fay and Sam, along with their classmate Tyler, are catapulted headfirst into a world of unimaginable danger and magic. Fay and Tyler begin to see each other as more than friends while they prepare for the Trials, the university’s deadly acceptance process. For the first time, the three friends experience firsthand how wonderful and terrible a world with magic can be, especially when the source of Fay’s power turns out to be far deadlier than anyone imagined.

My View:

I was a little torn about how to rate this book because there were parts I loved and parts I didn’t like and parts I skimmed through. There were aspects of the book I wanted to see more and aspects I could’ve done without. However, I don’t rate down a book simply it wasn’t because what I wanted it to be. I rate book because of what it is not what it isn’t. Aspect of Winter is a fantasy tale with romantic elements and is certainly not purely romance.

The main character is Feayr “Fay” Hanson whose world is turned upside down when he and his best friend Samantha become involved in a battle of magical abilities. Fay was aware of his water-controlling abilities, but neither one knew Samantha had powers. They battle a guy named Aiden who later reveals he was there to test them to see if they qualify for entrance into a magical school called The Janus Academy.

Fay and Sam start testing their abilities and Sam summons a creature called an ercinee. The author provides a great description of the bird like animal.

It looked like an artist’s interpretation of a heron, with the lines more streamlined and elegant than any real creature’s lines could possibly be. The light seemed to hang in place, forming lines of its own wherever the tails eddied. Where its wings folded in, five separate tails extended beyond, each looking like a luminous golden ribbon. It was floating gently in midair, wings not extended for flight. The ercinee’s long neck curved to one side slowly, and it tilted its head to observe us more clearly. Its eyes were the deepest black, with no irises or pupils. It had a collar of black feathers, and the ends of its wings and tails were also tipped in black.

There is a lot of this type of description throughout the book, along with awesome world-building. If you like that sort of thing, then I highly recommend the book. It’s not something I enjoy, however, and ended up skimming a lot of these parts.

I would’ve liked more of Tyler and Fay’s romance, but we only get bits and pieces of them falling in love. However, I enjoyed every scene with them together both on and off the battle field.

A great deal of the book is taken up with trials for entrance to the school. I liked the first two trials, especially how well Tyler and Fay worked together to stay alive.

I found parts of the third trial drag by. We see a little about every single battle of two on two, not just when Fay and Sam fight their opponents. However, when they are on the battle field I was very drawn in.

I’m a little torn about how the story ended. I don’t want to give anything away but it made it feel like everything that had come before was kind of a waste of time.

I’d recommend this for all fans of fantasy and magical stories. The author is extremely talented.

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Links

Aspect of Winter on Goodreads
Harmony Ink Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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