Author: C. M. Estopare
Genre: Dark/Epic Fantasy
Description from Goodreads
Perilous. Brutal. Deadly.
It is said that if a man journeys in alone, he’ll never return and there will be no corpse to bury.
Thousands of lives hang in the balance. Braving the Path is the key to saving them, but their survival is not guaranteed. For the Path is brimming with flesh ravenous monsters and the threat of a sinister presence known only as “the Lady”, an eerie entity dwelling deep within the confines of the black forest.
Escorted by a chosen few, the Chaperon is prepared to move forward to preserve the lives of a mountain town planted deep within the forest. But even in the dead of winter, the dark creatures prowling the surrounding forest remain unsettled and are bent on decimating any who encroach upon their territory.
Katell Maeva, one of those assigned to escort the Chaperon, will have to prove herself on this journey if she wants to be deemed a full-fledged shieldmaiden. But even her unique abilities may not be strong enough to withstand the brutal attacks they’ll face. Can this young woman, desperate to save her own family, complete her mission to escort the Chaperon and lead the convoy to safety?
For her, this journey is more than just a challenge; it’s the key to her future.
After a week full of more insanity, it feels so good to be able to finish a book! I really missed writing reviews and am SOOO happy to be back in action.
Well, Winterskin, where do I begin? Hmmmm....
I'll start by saying that I absolutely LOVED Estopare's descriptive writing. She does not hold back any details about the pain or battles or emotions that her characters feel. There are so many descriptive words dripping from this novel that as my eyes devoured the pages I almost felt the need to wipe the eye drool away. WONDERFULLY DONE!
The main story line was also a true delight. I love that she took a stereotypical male role and turned it into a hard core, feminine legend. We need more authors who are willing to do so! However, I felt that Estopare tried to cram so much into one little book that it ended up falling flat. I spent as much of this book fascinated by the amazing details as I did confused about what was happening and why. Finally, it all made sense about thirty pages before the end. I am glad that I held it together through all of that confusion.
My biggest complaint, however, was that I didn't really feel like the book had "ended" after it was done. When I finish a book,I like to feel emotionally dead. Not exhausted or merely affected, DEAD. I want to feel that the book has reached into my soul and spread out its roots to grow inside of and shape me. This book, unfortunately, did not do so. I believe that this is because Estopare really tried to cram so much in.
Have you read Winterskin? What did you think? Do you like books that feature strong female roles? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
About the Author
C.M. Estopare is a full-time author, avid yoga enthusiast, and veteran of the United States military. She is the author of HEARTFELT SOUNDS, a young adult coming of age fantasy about the enthralling power of one young woman's voice.
KINDRED SOULS is a five part epic and dark fantasy series hitting Amazon and Kindle Unlimited beginning in February 2017. Look out for the first book, WINTERSKIN, debuting February 9th, 2017.
When not writing, C.M. Estopare enjoys reading about the fantastical worlds in the minds of others. She also enjoys playing around with her puppy, Duke, and adventuring with her husband.