Swords of Winter by G.L. Lathian
I was very impressed by this short, but well-written Young Adult fantasy book. I have read a lot of Young Adult books over the last few years and all the unpleasant aspects that I usually pick up in books of this genre were thankfully missing from this one.
Swords of Winter is a wholesome adventure about two twins, Tarn and Herth, and how they are forced to become men as spies and stealth forces of Malcarians infiltrate the land and begin slaughtering innocent people in outlying towns.
Dezmus, father of the twins, has a secretive past that comes partially to light as he must now teach the villagers to fend for themselves and protect their families from the marauders. Tarn and Herth must leave their pleasant and fun-filled childhood behind and take up swords, there are many choices and hardships before them and nothing will ever be the same.
Starting with the cover of the book, something that is very important to me, I have to comment that it is beautiful and fitting for the story. This is a book that I would love to buy the paperback copy of and keep it in my personal library. I have a soft spot for stories about brothers and am looking forward to the next installment of this series.
The book was written in a well-flowing manner and I found the dialogue smooth and appreciated the attention to detain in keeping the characters true to themselves. Can’t help but fall in love with wolf-like Tarn and become attached to caring but sometimes foolhardy Herth.
Something I picked up that I appreciate a lot in books is vivid and well defined descriptions. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and can happily recommend it to both Young adult and more mature readers alike. If you enjoyed The Inheritance Cycle then you will love this.