Thursday, December 12, 2013

[Review]: A Breath of Winter by Hailey Edwards

Title: A Breath of Winter
Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Araneae Nation
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: December 10, 2013

I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: There’s no easy cure for a love of epidemic proportions.

Zuri and her mercenary brothers had a simple mission. Transport a captured harbinger to Erania and collect the bounty. But this job turns out to be anything but easy.

Their welcome to the northland is nothing short of frigid. A scuffle with border guards and her prisoner’s attempted escape leave Zuri injured—and she and her brothers stuck in quarantine. Worse, the bounty comes with silken strings attached. Strings held by a scientist with a daring, dangerous plan.

Because Zuri and her prisoner barged in before his fail-safes were in place, Henri had no choice but to lock them all down until he’s sure there’s no risk of spreading plague. He’d planned to study the harbinger, but it’s the mercenary holding the leash who intrigues him the most.

When Henri’s experiment goes awry, they learn they’ve all been pawns in a plan with one goal: bring the Araneae Nation to its knees. Zuri is forced to make a choice that could sign her death warrant—or sacrifice everyone she loves.|

Product Warning: This book contains a chair-bound heroine who won’t let anyone—least of all a man—push her around. Expect tea-drinking, net-tossing, and knife-wielding. Should you feel compelled to indulge in a bear ride, please keep your hands on the reins and your feet in the stirrups. Author not responsible for possible maulings.  

Thoughts: Mercenary Zuri, along with her brothers are on a job to transport the women who caused the plague.  When they are close to their destination, they encounter trouble, Zuri and one of her brothers are injured.  They are taken in and put on lock down by Henri.  His intentions good, but he does have other motives. He plans to study the Harbinger to see how the plague was started. What wasn't expected was Henri finding Zuri so captivating.

Excellent read! I really enjoyed Zuri and Henri's story. They are very different people, a mercenary and a healer.  From their first meeting they have this great flirty banter that was just fun to read. Henri is a character that was introduced in the first book, A Hint of Frost. So, glad he got his own story. A Breath of Winter is such an enticing read, one of my favorites in the series. If the story description doesn't get you interested, the beautiful cover will. Definitely a must read.

For those who are curious, this isn't what I would call a stand alone. Definitely read the other books before this one, especially A Time of Dying.

Score: 4 Stars

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Araneae Nation:
A Hint of Frost
A Feast of Souls
A Cast of Shadows
A Time of Dying
A Breath of Winter

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