Barrow of Winter

Titan. (Hall of Smoke, Bk. 3). Jan. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781803360027. pap. $16.95. FANTASY
Thray is an untested Winterborn, a child of Winter and a demi-god, unsure of which bloodline runs true. All her life she has been an outsider in the world, but when her half-sister arrives offering Thray answers if she would only come north, she jumps at the opportunity. What she finds in the north will test her to her core and reveal a dark secret that may bring destruction to the world that she loves. It is up to her to confront this revelation, but she’ll have to have to find the strength to do so. A beautiful, impressionistic, and engrossing tale that is reminiscent of a Mercedes Lackey title. It is a coming-of-age tale full of danger and adventure, set against an icy, winter backdrop that imbues itself into each sentence.
VERDICT This novel from Long (Temple of No God) is a self-contained story that can be read without reading the previous titles set in the same universe, but readers will definitely want to seek out the others. Fans of character-centric fantasy with a well-built world will find much to love about Thray, the Hall of Smoke world, and its denizens.
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