Review: Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald

58724861Having really liked the Blackwing trilogy, when this was offered as a review copy, I couldn’t stop myself from accepting.

Thanks to the author, as well as Tor via NetGalley for the review copy!

Raine can see–and more importantly, speak–to the dead. It’s a wretched gift with a death sentence that has her doing many dubious things to save her skin. Seeking refuge with a deluded cult is her latest bad, survival-related decision. But her rare act of kindness–rescuing an injured woman in the snow–is even worse.

Because the woman has escaped from Redwinter, the fortress-monastery of the Draoihn, warrior magicians who answer to no king and who will stop at nothing to retrieve what she’s stolen. A battle, a betrayal, and a horrific revelation forces Raine to enter Redwinter. It becomes clear that her ability might save an entire nation.

Pity she might have to die for that to happen…


Daughter of Redwinter is the story of Raine, who is a seventeen year old girl with the power to see the dead. That power is definitely not something that is generally accepted by the world, and so Raine keeps it very secret.

Raine ran away from home when she was very young, to hide her gift. She ran right into a cult and stayed there until she was seventeen until she found an injured woman in the snow and saved her. Turns out that this woman was from Redwinter, the fortress of the Draoihn (magic-users, more or less), and they’ve sent people to bring her back. Many shenanigans ensue…

I quite liked Daughter of Redwinter. It was very easy to start reading and then lose track of time. Raine was a character that was easy for me to cheer for, and I cared what happened to her. Liking the main character would have been enough but some of the side characters were fascinating to me as well, and kept me reading.

My favorite part of this book was the magic system though, wherein people have gates that they open to access different types of magic. Most people only have access to one or two gates, but some have access to up to four or five. I thought that this magic system was well thought out and well presented. I’m interested in finding out more about it as the series continues.

So, all told, I really liked Daughter of Redwinter and I will definitely read more of the series. 4.5/5 stars!~

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