A Taste of Winter | Review

Thursday, November 6, 2014

a taste of winter by laila blake
Title: A Taste of Winter (Lakeside #2)
Author: Laila Blake
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Genre: Fantasy - Faerie - Shifter
Age Group: NA
Source: Author
Rating: 4 stars

“Picking up where BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON left off, A TASTE OF WINTER is the second book in a romantic paranormal fantasy trilogy, set in alternate history medieval times. It follows the life of young Moira, a half fae noblewoman who fell in love with her shape-shifter guard and ran away from her ancestral home.

Traveling the country, searching for a safe place to stay, the two of them soon realize that life is not as kind to them as they might have hoped. They feel the sting of prejudice and bigotry in each town they visit, and the reality of poverty and winter begin to erode Moira and Owain’s blossoming love.

In the castle they left behind, darker plans are afoot. The fae spy Brody is slowly taking over, and he has no love for humans. He needs to be stopped before he can seize power and trigger another war between the races. But Moira and Owain are long gone, and Brody always seems two steps ahead.”
RELATED: By The Light of The Moon (Lakeside #1) | [With L.C. Spoering: After Life Lessons Book One | After Life Lessons Book Two | After Life Lessons: Emily and Aaron Character Q& A | Laila Blake and L.C. Spoering Guest Post]

*Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
*Some scenes may not be appropriate for younger readers.*

A Taste of Winter picked up a little after By the Light of the Moon left off. Our heroes are on the run, and have no where and no one to turn to. There is more Faerie meddling, some family drama, and a whole lot of prejudice for them to shift through. But Moira and Owain are strong, and together they just might have what it takes to survive.

I really loved book one, and was super excited to be able to read this one. If you know me and books, then I am sure you have heard me say how picky I am when it comes to faerie books. The ones where they are more true to mythology, the ones more deviant than the happy fluffy butterflies you sometimes see, are the ones that appeal to me. If an author "messes it up," I just cannot get into the story, no matter how well written and lovable it is.

But Laila Blake pulls out everything I love in a Faerie story and twists it to make it her own. So it's little wonder I love this world she created. I loved the faerie/human history. The more I learned about this war, the more I learned the tensions between the two -three if you counted the Blaidyn- the more I enjoyed the novel.

The Blaidyn may be my favorite of the three groups, in part because I do love a good wolf shifter. But it's more than that. I love how the two aspects of the human and wolf come together. You can see the effects of the Fae's meddling as it directs their nature, and their culture.

I still really love Moira's character. This is not the same girl who sat in her down and clawed herself because of her neurosis. She may still be a bit naïve overall, but she is learning. More importantly, tries. For a girl who was always given everything she wanted, she now needed to learn how to survive with little to no coins, and what little supplies she gathered from nature. As if it could not be worse, she has to do it in winter. There were several points in this book that you just had to complement her resourcefulness and her drive. I'm not sure I would have had the strength to combat the elements and the harsh treatment from complete strangers.

I <3 Owain. There is something about him that makes me want to cuddle him. From book one, you knew he has had it rough. Between his pack drama, and human/fae animosity, he has managed to make something of himself. But when he is "forced" to provide for Moira, he struggled. He is a strong male, resourceful and knowledgeable, but his own actions at the end of By the Light of the Moon, protecting Moira, turned popular opinion of Blaidyn for the worse. He would do anything for her, would sacrifice his honor to protect and ensure her survival. So watching him struggle, watching him lose his confidence was really moving.

Even the strongest of us have low moments.
If you are looking for a cute new adult novel with faeries and shifters, then you may like this series. I cannot wait to find out how everything will wrap up in book three. The next book cannot come soon enough.

"This wasn't how their story was supposed to go. This wasn't what she dreamed of. And yet, everything had changed." (Moira 31%)

"When we see too many battlefields, it breaks something inside of a person and they lose the ability to distinguish between cruelty and necessity." (Owain 51%)


  1. Glad to read that you enjoyed this sequel. I have yet to read the first book but this sounds really interesting. It has been a while since I've read a good story with faeries.

    1. If you get a chance to read book one, you should. The faeries in this series are certainly more mischievous than some.

      Thank you for stopping by.


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