Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven

Amid the Winter Snow

As the snows fall and hearths burn, four stories of Midwinter beginnings prove that love can fight its way through the chillest night...THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace DravenThe mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…THE CHOSEN, by Thea HarrisonIn her vis...

Details Amid the Winter Snow

TitleAmid the Winter Snow
Release DateDec 12th, 2017
PublisherBrightlynx Publishing
GenreFantasy, Romance, Anthologies, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal, Novella, Paranormal Romance

Reviews Amid the Winter Snow

  • Elena
    A Grace Draven's romance? Set during a winter festivity?! Huh: yes, please? I'll have you know - in case you're unaware of the fact (the shame!) - that Grace Draven writes fantasy-romance like no other and, incidentally, she also writes stunningly beautiful scenes set during winter festivals. It's one of her things, okay? Go read her (super)short story The Light Within: A Winter's Tale (but only after you've read Master of Crows, eh: or it would ...
  • Melindam
    ARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Mixed feelings. I had not been familiar with any works by the authors published in this anthology of short winter stories, so I thought maybe this would be a good introduction.Unfortunately, I found that these stories did not have it in them to tempt me to try and read more from their authors with the exception of Grace Draven.All in all, these stories were meant for t...
  • Celestine
    This anthology brings together four experienced and successful fantasy romance authors, who supplement their respective canons with stories centered around the winter solstice. Tonally, these novellas highly complement one another, but there are varying degrees of success in terms of placing the reader in the respective universes. To give you perspective on my perspective, I have read seven novels/novellas by Grace Draven, one novel by Thea Harri...
  • Douglas Meeks
    NOTE: I typically do not copy the synopsis in a review because it looks like the reviewer is just trying to make it look longer but with 4 stories I thought I might help the reader not have to look back and forth for each story. I can almost promise you that you will find at least 1 or more of these stories 5 Star reading for almost any taste.THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace DravenThe mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cr...
  • Kindling Micky
    4 stars overall In the Darkest Midnight - Grace Draven 4.5 starsGrace Draven delivered on a novella with the fullest sense of story, characterisation and completion. It had a seasonal feel in terms of some key moments in the story, though of course not traditional Christmas. This is a story told over more than a decade that is set in a world tenuously connected to Bast Haradis with a cameo from a character from Radiance and Eidolon. Jahna was a w...
  • Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
    Overall Rating of Amid the Winter Snow: 4 Stars Amid the Winter Snow features four novellas that where charming, delightful, and engaging to read. Thea Harrison is the only author in this anthology I’m familiar with, so the other three were new to me. I was drawn into the stories and taken for a whirlwind ride of heartache, conflict, healing, and love. Each novella is distinct, special, and focuses around a winter holiday. Out of all the novel...
  • Kara-karina
    THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT by Grace Draven was one of my favourites in the anthology, full of Christmas spirit and magical possibilities. The reader follows progress of Jahna, a young girl with a very low self-esteem and sees her blossoming into a confident, vibrant young woman thanks to her fencing teacher whom she secretly loves. Beautifully written and very atmospheric, this short story like everything else in this format Mrs Draven writes, begged t...
  • Shanna Matheo
    Thea, Grace and Jeffe in one anthology?
  • Marta Cox
    Four stories by four pretty formidable authors and what a treat for their fans this book is. Plus if new to these authors then a fabulous way to sample their work.Ok the first story by Grace Draven shows a friends to something much more kind of story. A young impressionable girl who is horribly bullied meets her brothers new teacher. Their mutual respect shines so bright and of course there's a very happy ending.The second story connects to the E...
  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    The Darkest Midnight - Grace Draven.4.5 Stars. This is such a lovely story, as always. Draven is a wonderful fantasy storyteller who I wish put out books at a faster pace. The novella is set in the same world as ‘Master of Crows’ and ‘Wraith Kings’. Jahna is a spirited young woman with a facial disfigurement, and Lord Radimar her brother’s new sword master. An engaging, well told short story which takes place over period of years as Jah...
  • Kate's Corner
    Anthologies aren’t usual my thing but there is always an exception to the rule and here is where it applies. I have a lack of time at the moment so this is going to be quick. I have to date not had the opportunity to read anything by Grace Draven or Jeffe Kennedy so I can’t rate the stories that I have written. I have heard some really good things about them but I’m just lacking time. I have read Thea Harrison and I love her work yet again ...
  • Hollis
    So, had I bothered looking into this more, I might have realized AMID THE WINTER SNOW contained novellas/short stories by authors that connected to beloved stories or series or previously created worlds that they are known for. Instead all I saw was Draven and I was immediately on the hook for reading this collection. Research fail. But I'd say it was worth it for Draven's story as it was hers that I liked best. No one does unconventional couples...
  • Kelly
    I came for the Elder Races and got sucked into all of them.The Darkest Midnight: Oh, man. Jahna and Radimar had the most wonderful slow burn romance. Part of this is because Jahna is young when they first meet and she needs to grow into herself, and part of it is because Radimar is trying to convince himself his lifestyle isn't the type that takes a wife. Yet, he still has decidedly non-brotherly thoughts about Jahna even when he's trying to thin...
  • Sophia
    Amid the Winter Snow caught my attention quickly when I saw it was a fantasy anthology with winter holiday as the theme. All these worthy authors have been on my wish list to try their books for some time, and, what a rush, here their writings are all collected together in one book. I know better than to get my expectations too high, but somehow, I don't think I'll be doomed to disappointment. The Darkest Midnight by Grace DravenThis was my first...
  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    4/5; 4 stars; A-Each novella was a 3.5-4 star read. Each quite different and entertaining. Just what I would expect from this group of authors. I'm not normally too enthused about picking up anthologies but this one was worth the money and its available at Smashwords.
  • Bambi Unbridled
    That blood red cape on the white snow is such an eye-catching image... I feel like I need one of those capes now! Not to mention that this anthology is written by some of the hottest names in fantasy and paranormal romance - I was stoked to get an advanced copy.All of the stories are set in a fantastical or alternate realm where magic abides and anything seems possible. In The Darkest Midnight, Grace Draven gives us a hugely romantic story involv...
  • Carvanz
    In the Darkest Midnight – Grace Draven – 3.5 StarsThis tale covers several years as Radimar lives with Jahna’s family in order to tutor her brother in swordsmanship. The world/society building here is perfection but perhaps a bit too much for such a short story. Nevertheless, I was lost in this richly drawn world as well as invested in the story of these two characters. My heart hurt for the loneliness Jahna’s disfigurement left her with....
  • Lynn
    4.5 StarsThis anthology contains four holiday stories from fantasy/paranormal authors: Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, and Jeffe Kennedy. Anthologies are a good way to meet new authors as well as enjoy stories about known characters for those already familiar with the linked series. I always enjoy reading Thea Harrison’s creative and well done tales; Ms Draven, I have just recently started to appreciate her work; Ms. Kennedy, I h...
  • Jen Davis
    This anthology was a great mix of new worlds and familiar favorites for me.In the Darkest Midnight is set loosely in the world of Grace Draven’s Wraith Kings, though this story stands up completely on its own. It follows young Jahna, a nobleman’s daughter with a sizable birthmark, who falls head over heels for her brother Sodrin’s instructor in swordsmanship. Radamir is a swordmaster of Ilinfan, a line renowned for its skill. He has committ...
  • Kim Shumaker
    Thea Harrison writes such great stories and I loved reading about Lily and Wulf in the The Chosen. I am a huge fan of her Moonshadow series and can't wait to start reading the Elder Races as I know I will not be disappointed. I was provided with a copy of this anthology by the author and will update my review as I read the other other stories.
  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    Only read THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN by Jeffe Kennedy.The Snows of Windroven by Jeffe KennedyAn Uncharted Realms novella in Amid the Winter Snow AnthologyThe story takes place just before and/or at the beginning of The Shift of the Tide (book #3/6). It focuses on the love affair between Ami and Ash - book #2 of Twelve Kingdoms, The Tears of the Rose.Honestly, I didn’t know that there was more to Ami and Ash’s story. Shared by Ash (the first male ...
  • Alison
    I'm not generally a fan of anthologies, but when my favourite authors get together? Bring it.In The Darkest Midnight by Grace Draven - three and a half starsSet in the world of Eidolon and the Wraith Kings this is the charming story of Jahna Ulfrida, the daughter of a nobleman, born with a large port wine stain on one side of her face and her brother's teacher, Radimar Velus. Told against the back drop of several annual Deyalda festivities this i...
  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart I was trying to figure out how I would get Amid the Winter Snow for review. And then Thea Harrison sent it to me!  I am so, so thrilled! This group of authors is outstanding. I had read almost everything by Thea Harrison and Elizabeth Hunter. I wanted to try Grace Draven and Jeffe Kennedy.  THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven             4.5 hearts My first experience with Grace D...
  • This Literary Life
    I expected a sweet, light winter novella…maybe some some cozying up around a fire and a sweet love story to soon blossom. I was wrong. So very wrong, and I'm so grateful!! I NEVER expected the depth that I got when I read The Storm. I'm still not convinced that it was a novella, there is no way that an author could make me feel the depths of emotions that Elizabeth Hunter did in Max and Renata's short story. And feel them I did. Every painful, ...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityBe sure to wrap up warmly before you start this one. And have a cozy blanket and a hot cup of tea or cocoa – along with a cat or dog to keep your feet warm. All of these stories do an excellent of job of making the reader really feel Jack Frost nipping at their nose – and everywhere else!I came to visit the Twelve Kingdoms, and ended up making the whirlwind fantasy romance tour. And I’m glad that I did...
  • The Word Nerd Reviews Blog
    Overall book rating: 4.5 starsAmid the Winter Snow is a beautiful anthology of stories by well-known authors: Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter, and Jeffe Kennedy. Of the four I had only previously read titles by Grace Draven and Elizabeth Hunter. Although now I will certainly be checking out Thea Harrison’s other titles.The Darkest Midnight – Grace DravenFor fans of Grace Draven this novella is everything that you would expect, m...
  • Sommertime
    The Darkest Midnight by Grace Draven 4 stars ****Grace Draven is one of my favorite fantasy authors so I knew her novella would be amazing. She does a great job of giving the novella the feel of a full length book. Neither the plot nor the characters suffer from the shortened length under her pen.I loved the story of Jahna, a girl with a birthmark covering half of her face. She is smart, brave and kind despite the hardships she endures because of...