Monday, March 23, 2015

Shadowcry, Blackwatch, and Winterveil by Jenna Burtenshaw: Wintercraft series review

SERIES RATING: 3/5 stars!!
Author: Jenna Burtenshaw
Publisher: Greenwillow books
Shadowcry, Blackwatch, and Winterveil on Goodreads!
SUMMARY of SHADOWCRY (from Goodreads):
Ten years ago Kate Winters' parents were taken by the High Council's wardens to help with the country's war effort.

Now the wardens are back...and prisoners, including Kate's uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane - the High Council's most feared man - recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council's experiments into the veil, and he's convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace.

The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft - a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft.
I bought these books a while back, purely based on their covers. They were gorgeous, and looked so pretty on my shelf! But, in normal Marie fashion, didn't read them until I've had them for about a year and a half.
While I did like them, I was slightly disappointed. The story was so unique; but I felt that all of the characters has little to no depth. I could not connect with any of them. Also, the writing didn't have a flow. It felt very simple, and I wasn't crazy about it most of the time.
The world building, though, was on point. I loved it. I was easily drawn into this other world, and I could have easily lived there.
Overall, this series was not the most spectacular thing out there, but was still very enjoyable. I recommend giving it a try!
CONTENT: Mild violence.

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