Seasons of Sorcery Review
Title: Seasons of Sorcery
Author: Amanda Bouchet, Grace Draven. Jennifer Estep, and Jeffe Kennedy
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Brightlynx Publishing
Winter’s Web by Jennifer Estep: An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re Gin Blanco. This Spider is trapped in someone else’s icy web—and it seems like they don’t want her to leave the faire alive . . .
A Curse for Spring by Amanda Bouchet: A malevolent spell strangles the kingdom of Leathen in catastrophic drought. Prince Daric must break the curse before his people starve. A once-mighty goddess trapped in a human body might be the key—but saving his kingdom could mean losing all that he loves.
The Dragons of Summer by Jeffe Kennedy: As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two women.
A Wilderness of Glass by Grace Draven: The stretch of sea known as The Gray rules the lives of those in the village of Ancilar, including widow Brida Gazi. In the aftermath of an autumn storm, Brida discovers one of the sea's secrets cast onto the shore—a discovery that will change her world, mend her soul, and put her in the greatest danger she's ever faced.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for over a month now. I’m not really sure why I put it off for so long other than I tend to do that when I’m sure I will love a book. Yes, I know that doesn’t make sense but if I don’t read the book the book can’t end, so 😛.
Quick plug: I mainly picked this book up because of Amanda Bouchet and Grace Draven. I fell in love with the writing of both women. Bouchet’s Kingmaker series is highly addictive and Draven’s Wraith Kings series is so swoon-worthy! If you haven’t read either of theses writers before I highly recommend one-clicking right away.
A Wilderness of Glass by Grace Draven; OMG this story! I haven’t read Draven in a few years and I forgot how enchanting her writing can be! I was so enthralled with the story I forgot it was a short story and was so sad when it ended. Draven’s ability to entrance you has always shocked me. In this story, with so few pages, Draven made the story come to life. I guarantee you will never look at the sea or hear a whistle the same way again. Side note: I have a thing about mermaid so it was a great surprise that this story featured them (merman are so hot!!!!).
The Dragons of Summer by Jeffe Kennedy; Kennedy is a new to me author. I was excited to get a taste of her writing though. After reading this I now want to read the rest of her books. This book had characters from a series already established by Kennedy, so I felt like I was missing a little something. It was still a great read but all it really did was spark my interest in her other books.
A Curse for Spring by Amanda Bouchet; I’m not sure how Bouchet is able to capture your attention so fully and so quickly. It’s like magic. I loved this story! It was such a fun and wonderful read. (Bouchet has been on my Auto-Buy list since the first book in her Kingmakers series). I was immediately interested in this story and read it in one sitting. I just could not put it down. It is such a short sweet read that you really have no excuse not to read it! Bouchet has once again cemented her place as one of my favorite fantasy romance writers!
Winter’s Web by Jennifer Estep; I’ve been sitting on Estep’s Kill the Queen book for awhile now. Every time I go to read it I get distracted. I will read it one day, though. I’ve now taken to carrying it around with me everywhere I go, so at some point I may trick myself into actually starting it. Anyway, back to this story. It was good. It wasn’t my favorite out of the four but it was good. I think if it would have been a little longer then it would have worked better. There was a lot of information thrown at you in a short amount of time. But the story definitely interested me in her writing- so maybe I will get to Kill the Queen faster than I give myself credit for!
Overall, this is definitely one anthology worth picking up. I generally steer clear of them (and novellas) because I rather have a meaty story than a “life balance” one. But I highly recommend this one and these authors. Two new to me authors and two favorite authors for me, but even if you’ve never heard of any of these authors I suggest one-clicking this anthology. You won’t regret it, well, I mean, your bank account might regret it but you wont.