Wednesday 12 May 2010

Wintercraft Wednesday: Review

Title: Wintercraft
Author: Jenna Burtenshaw
Publisher: Headline
Reading Level: Young Adult

A special Thank You to Headline for sending me this book to review.


Publisher's Summary:
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.

What a great book! I've not read anything like this before. The idea is totally intriguing and new. I found myself trying to figure out all the in's and out's while reading, hoping to find my own escape for Kate.

I'm a fan of Silas. In the beginning I thought he was awful, and I hated him. As the story moved on I realized he is more than meets the eye. I'm looking forward to learning more about him and finding exactly what he is all about. We find out why he is the way he is in the book, but I wonder how he will change and/or what he was like before.

I also like Edgar. I secretly want some kind of romance to bloom with him and Kate. I'm a sucker for romance. I'll try and fit it in anywhere, but Edgar is this kind of hero that I want there to be much more with him. I'm awaiting the next book to find out!

Well written, fantastic debut novel. If you are looking for something a little different and dark check out Wintercraft!

"The ways of Wintercraft are not for the careless, the arrogant, nor the unwise. You now hold a book of instructions which, if followed, shall allow the fearless mind to go beyond the boundaries of this world and step without restraint into the mysteries of another. Keep it safe. Keep it secret. And follow its words with care. This path is more dangerous than you can know."-written in Wintercraft

"Those who wish to see the dark, be ready to pay your price."-Written in Wintercraft


  1. Fantastic book. I loved it. It's like nothing else out there, that I have read anyway. Thank you for starting the arc tour and giving me a chance to read it. x

  2. I need this book. Wish I had know about your contest : )

  3. Glad you like Wintercraft as much as Wilma and me does :)



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