Winterwode by J Tullos Hennig ~ Book Review by Teresa

winterwodeTitle: Winterwode

Author: J Tullos Hennig

Publisher: DSP Publications

Cover Artist: Shobana Appavu

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/06/2015

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Gay Fiction

Blurb:

Robyn Hood is the undisputed ruler of the wild, green Wode. Reunited with his sister Marion and his lover Gamelyn, Robyn and his band of outlaws seek to raise the Ceugant—the magical trine of the Old Religion—against the tyranny of Church and Crown. Yet their forest kingdom is roiling with conflict. Marion has been made welcome, but old shackles and new fears hamper her true promise. Gamelyn is torn between oaths of heart and head—and the outlaws never let him forget he was but recently Guy of Gisbourne, defrocked Templar and Robyn’s fiercest enemy.

When a lone traveler is waylaid on the road, a common occurrence quickly proves uncommon. Knight and Maiden, Archer and Men, all are conscripted to aid a Queen’s—and ultimately a King’s—ransom. For beneath winter’s chill is awakening the deepest of magics, and there are those who seek the power of Robyn Hood and his Shire Wode for their own ends.

My View:

Winterwode is book three in the Wode series, but is the beginning of a new trilogy starring Gamelyn, Robyn, and Marion as they come into their own in the magic of the shire. It is essential that you read the first two books as these are not stand alone novels.

I was unsure what to expect from this book. I had hoped for more of the magic the other two had, and wasn’t disappointed. There is plenty of mysticism and evolvement of the Horned Lord and his Lady.

I also hoped for more of Robyn and Gamelyn together, and while we got some, I was disappointed that the author chose to fade to black the love making scenes that were previously more detailed. I felt we lost a bit of the give and take between our heroes that occurred between the sheets. We got more detail from an MF encounter than we did between them. However, some might enjoy the lack.

While the story is steeped in historical lore, if you are a stickler for dialogue to match the time period, you will find flaws. Though the dialects reflected the time period, the language often didn’t, using colloquialisms from more modern times. It made the story accessible and entertaining but not accurate.

There were also times I found myself unsure as to some of the subtleties being hinted at. I thought I got it, but finished the book not quite sure if I was totally on the same page. This didn’t dissuade me, as I wasn’t sure if it was just me or the intent of the book, and despite its flaws, I did enjoy this introduction to a new adventure and look forward for more to come.

Links

Winterwode on Goodreads
DSP Publications
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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