Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Audiobook Review: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson


The Winter King

C.L. Wilson
(Weathermages of Mystral #1)
Published: July 29th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy Romance

After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.

Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.

As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.


Wow, WOW, WOOWWWWWWW!!!! What a fiery rage of emotion THE WINTER KING has inflicted upon me! It has left me utterly and hopeless yearning for more of this thrilling world, and all the addicting adventures and skin tingling romance that lye's inside!

THE WINTER KING is a fierce blend of heart-pounding action, pulse-throbbing romance that touches the depths of your soul, and brands it with an emotion that seizes and captivates, and vibrates everything within. Combined with sexy romance, explosive magic, bloody murder, and unimaginable mayhem, all wrapped around a berated and belittle Warrior Princess, that is destined to save all the kingdoms combined!

I literally have no words to express the high this book took me on! I fell hopeless in love with this book and can't think of a single book that has ever rampaged that amount of fiery, pulsing throbbing emotion out of me. But C.L. Wilson has swept in and unknowingly stolen my heart and has forever earned my unwavering loyalty in her mind-blowing books that will never fade!!

I loved EVERYTHING about this book! Seriously, I cannot think of a single thing that I did not like about THE WINTER KING! It has it all: Pain, heartache, loss, betrayals, abuse, magic that can rage storms to shatter kingdoms, fiery passion that shoots heat through your core, and gut-wrenching, skin-tingling, heart-shattering love, that could move mountains and consume your soul. THE WINTER KING is a diamond in the rough that has captured my heart and touched me in ways that no other story has.

Khamsin was a fierce character with a layered personality that I just loved. She had a hard life, even for a Princess of Summerlea, she was not treated like royalty. She was treated like a slave and an outcast among her people. I felt for her and all she had to endure. But that didn't defer Kham from living and enjoying what little life she could hidden amidst's the shadows. She didn't let harsh words or even harder hands of those who felt her unworthy stop her from standing up for herself and fighting back every chance she had. Kham had so many qualities that I admired and respected. For an ill treated Princess, Khamsin was a warrior at heart, and proved it at the end of the book.


War has come and went in the kingdoms of Winter Craig and Summerlea. With Summerlea on the loosing side, Wynter Atrialan, King of Winter Craig and absorber of the Immortal Essence of the Ice Heart, has now conquered and defeated Summerlea into submission. With stipulations if the Summerlanders want to keep their heads, then King Verdan of Summerlea must willingly handover one of his beautiful daughters to become his bride and barrier of his children—thus becoming both rightful heir of Winter Craig and Summerlea.


Khamsin, one of the four Princess of Summerlea, and summoner of lethal storms, has been neglected and hidden away since the age of three. After summoning the deadly storm that killed her mother, her father King Verdan of Summerlea has abused and shunned her, and treated her like a curse to their family. So when the King of Winter Craig demands a Princess in order for ending the war, King Verdan eagerly pawns Kham off with the hopes Wynter will kill her within the year. But what the vile King Verdan never expected, is that Khamsin will not only survive his evil at every turn, but that she is the Queen that will fight to save Winter Craig, and stop him from ever spreading his brutality across the kingdoms.

Khamsin, forced into a marriage she didn't want, sent to a foreign kingdom where everyone is not just suspicious of her and her "secret motives," but are also outright hostile. And wed to an icy, heartless, murdering monster, that declares if a baby is not bore within the year, she will face the mercy of the mountains. She couldn't of imagined a worst fate then what's been forced upon her. And with each passing day in the frozen kingdom of Winter Craig, Khamsin realizes that she is more alone then she's ever been. But theirs something about the murdering monster she's wed that calls to her. Consumes her like a raging storm within, battling her at every turn. She knows it's a dangerous game what she feels for him, but what the heart wants, the heart wants.


Wynter, after using his Ice-Gaze power to lay ice across Summerlea, he is finally returning home after the three year war that consumed him, and the harsh memory of his brothers murder that sparked the war. He is ready to mate his Summerlea bride and raise their heir to claim both the Winter Craig and Summerlea throne. But no matter how much he tries and fights, their is one enemy that he cannot defeat, and that's the one that lies within...

After his brothers brutal murder, Wynter raised blizzards and storms letting the icy rage consume him. Filled with dread and sorrow, and an unfathomable hate and eagerness for revenge and blood lust, Wynter has fueled his days with making the Summerlanders pay for their audacity and treachery, and was willing to consume the Immortal Essence of the Rorjak, Winter Craig's previous King. But with that Essence comes a cold lust that slowly feds on him, taking his very life force and consuming him, and turning any spark of humanity left to a bitter rage with an utter loss of control. Until all that is left of him is a human host to house the Immortal Kings Essence—thus conquering any part of Wynter left, making his body a wicked temple for the Immortal Ice King Rorjak, and allowing him to build his fierce Ice army, and laying a frozen wasteland to all of the kingdoms combine.

That's the price that Wynter agreed to pay when he sold his soul to consume to Ice Heart to avenge his brother. Only hope now lies in siring a child to help melt the Ice that's slowing freezing his heart and turning him into a monster. The cure lies within love, something he has very little of...

That is until Khamsin, his Summerlass enters his world and shatters any sense of himself and all that he has come to know. This abused, hardheaded, and undeniably beautiful Summerlass, has a way with raging the storm inside of him, but also setting a summer blaze that melts everything within. He was betrayed once, and Wynter is determined not to let it happen again, even if he has to shield his melting heart, and lock it away to be hardened by ice. But even the thickest icicles have weaknesses...

This was the best book I've read this year! And I was so angry to find out that the companion sequel wasn't releasing until two years after this book. TWO YEARS!!! That's a long dam time for a book you really loved!! And I am so eager to continue this series and see what else Wilson has in store for us. If it's anything like THE WINTER KING, then it'll be nothing short of amazing!!

Overall, THE WINTER KING instantly absorbed me and left me dazzled and raging for more! If you want a fierce, thickly-plotted and indescribably sexy adult paranormal romance, then THE WINTER KING is definitely a must! It did not disappoint in the least. My only qualm is that I waited so long to read this gem of a book!

C.L. WilsonC.L. Wilsons unique blend of pulse-pounding action, sweeping epic fantasy, and passionate romance has made her books a favorite read for romance and fantasy readers alike. Praised for exceptional worldbuilding and lyric prose, her critically acclaimed novels have regularly appeared on bestseller lists including the USA Today, the New York Times, and Publishers Weekly.

C.Ls novels have won numerous industry and reader-selected awards including, LifetimeTV.coms Best Paranormal debut of 2007, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, two National Readers Choice awards, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and the Holt Medallion. Ms. Wilson is the honored recipient of the PEARL award from Paranormal Romance as the best new author of 2007, and winner of the 2009 PEARL award for best Romantic Fantasy novel.

When not torturing her characters mercilessly, C.L. enjoys relaxing with her family in sunny Florida and daydreaming of a world where people exercise in their sleep and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a fat burning food.


  1. This book sounds amazing! love the synposis

  2. I haven't ever heard of the author or the book, and I will admit that it is not one that I would normally pick up for myself. But with how much you loved it, I may have to give it a chance!

  3. Her Tairen Soul Series is amazing too !


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