This is a mysterious, yet terrifying instalment of the Dead of Winter as the story really starts to heat up.
Emlyn’s life is being pulled in so many directions, none of them easy to understand. Something is happening, something she doesn’t understand.
Emlyn is unsure of her safety. She is to accompany the Deae Matres on a journey, one they are not telling her about, or what is to happen to her when they get there. She discovers that The Binding happened during a time when the night walkers were driven to the Realm of the Dead. Emlyn’s strange powers are growing stronger, leading to some weird journeys between the worlds. The white wolf becomes a friend, something she welcomes.
Will she ever return to the life and world that she loves?
The Fever Field is burial ground that is far older than the inhabitants of the Flowing Lands realize. We first saw it in the prologue of Journey 1, Forlorn Peak. Now we learn more about the place where ancient evil was buried and forgotten, until that moment in the prologue when it broke free. On the cover of Journey 3, The Fever Field, Emlyn has turned to look toward Zasha. Much of this third installment is told from Zasha’s point of view. We’ll get better acquainted with the sisters in the Society of Deae Matres who traveled with Zasha. Also, we meet a tall, intriguing north-man and the most mysterious adherent of the Deae Matres. The youngest of all the Society, Zasha encounters some resistance from the other sisters traveling with her. She also runs into trouble of her own. Meanwhile, Emlyn’s uncertain situation with her family combines with the threat posed by the Brethren of Un’Naf. What is the greater danger, her loved ones, or the fanatics? In Journey 3, Emlyn’s circumstances reach a tipping point. There seems to be no good choice for her. How can she survive?
This stage of the story continues with the ancient watcher, the mysterious old woman, who still cannot remember anything clearly. The past is slowly beginning to filter into her mind, and she remembers that her name is Haldis, but who is she exactly and what bearing will she have on the story?
The mysteries abound in this developing story with the shock arrival of the Brethren to arrest Emlyn for consorting with evil spirits.
She runs away, only to be chased and almost captured, but the strange young man from her dreams appears and saves her.
Emlyn needs to find the Society of Women, the Deae Matres, as she is convinced they are the only ones who can help her…
This review is not very long, as all hell broke loose in our house last week. This fascinating story deserved better and I am looking forward to enjoying the next part of the journey in Dead of Winter…
Journey 2, Penllyn picks up where the first installment, Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak stopped. The supernatural warning, “Winter is coming!” continues to haunt Emlyn. Her father has heard her utter those words, and he is displeased to say the least. In fact, her family situation in general is becoming more perilous.
As if visitations from ghosts weren’t enough, another entity has started coming to her. She isn’t sure whether he is a spirit or something else, but he gives her the same prophetic warning.
Now Emlyn’s father has begun to behave strangely.
Join Emlyn on this strange journey to the neighboring village of Penllyn. Try not to look over your shoulder…
About the Author
Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene lives in a “high desert” town in the Southwest of the USA.
Teagan had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.
Her work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the desert southwest. Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy.
Founder of the Three Things method of storytelling, her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers. http://www.teagansbooks.com
Major influences include Agatha Christie, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris.
The second part of Dead of Winter begins with a mysterious old woman, trying desperately to remember something.
I immediately wanted to know who she was, for the warning from the first journey echoes in her confused mind too, but she is unable to remember why.
Emlyn is having disturbing dreams, where a strange man whispers the warning in her ear. When she wakes, it would seem the man had been real, sitting on her bed. She is well used to spirits turning up and doesn’t think this visit strange, but the warning is becoming all too terrifying real.
As this complex story gets under way, there are many questions and mysteries, but the major one for me is, why is Emlyn’s father so disturbed at the mention of winter?
Emlyn has much to keep secret, so is this why her father is planning to send her away with the Deae Matres, the Society of women who travel the world searching out and collecting knowledge?