Review: Winter’s Captive by Robin D. Mahle and Elle Madison

About the book:

The black X of the Aramach Rebels marks the spot Princess Charlotte’s life was destroyed.

Her fiance taken and her kingdom on the brink of war because of it, Charlie refuses to be the damsel in distress and takes matters into her own hands. She can only trust a handful of people as hints of a conspiracy are uncovered.

Leaving her castle and everything she’s ever known behind, Charlie ventures into a place she only thought she knew — her own kingdom. In the face of traitors and thieves and ruthless rebels, Charlie won’t be stopped on her mission to set things right and find her prince.

The only question is: Will she find him before it’s too late?

Review by Katy Haye:

To be honest, Winter’s Captive started out very slowly, which is – frankly – perilous when you’re dealing with a hugely impatient reader like myself. I thought Charlie was far too timid in the opening chapters. There was too much going through her head that never came out of her mouth, which I felt it should do if we were going to believe in her as a worthy queen-in-waiting.

But I’m very glad I stuck with it. When Charlie and Isla commenced their road trip the narration became funny and engaging, and then I laughed aloud and I was sold.

The story is pretty straightforward, but the writing is very clever and the relationships between Charlie and her various friends, family and in-laws are tremendously engaging. I’m intrigued to see how the series pans out because matters can’t be as they appear. I think several of the relationships are going to be completely turned on their heads and I can’t wait to see how the hints and suggestions in this book become clearer as the story continues.

And just in case these things drive you batty, be warned that it ends on a cliffhanger (it’s a fabulous twist, which might just leave you wanting to throw the book at its authors!).


Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. New series, Princess Witch, releases in January with book 1, Dragon Thief. If you like magic, danger, deadly royals and heroines who won’t accept their fates tamely, Dragon Thief is the book for you!

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