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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Winter’s Thief is a medieval-style fantasy novel by Andean White. It centers initially on Oscar, an honoured knight who carries out clandestine missions for his king, which include assassinations and the abduction of a precious child, Althea, who becomes the daughter of the king and heir to the kingdom. Althea’s secret identity is protected over the years, until the king’s health starts to fail, and a wicked archbishop seizes the opportunity to put a treasonous plot into action. Amidst all this, young love blossoms as Althea and Kendrick, Oscar’s son, find themselves growing closer together. Both their young love and the fate of the kingdom are thrown into jeopardy as dangerous beasts, and even more dangerous humans, set their sights on destruction.
The story is narrated through switching perspectives of characters, which means you get to see the intrigue from all angles as the growing threat to Althea is revealed. Winter’s Thief is easy to read and filled with interesting characters. Those who love action and adventure are sure to enjoy Andean White’s highly descriptive physicality. As a big fan of historical fiction, I found that both the dialogue and behaviour of these medieval characters had been modernised a little too much for my taste, but a definite flavour of knights of the realm, treason and honour remains in the plot. I particularly enjoyed Althea and Kendrick’s sweet and courtly romance, and found Oscar to be a heartfelt and realistic father whom readers will root for. Overall, Winter’s Thief is a light and enjoyable read for anyone who desires an adventure.