Book Review: Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore

Title: Winter, White and Wicked

By: Shannon Dittemore

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 384

Release Date: October 13th, 2020

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Winter doesn't like the smuggler who's come to Whistlestop. She doesn't trust him, doesn't want me to take this job.

Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. Alone in her truck, she takes comfort in two things: the solitude of the roads and the favor of Winter, an icy spirit who has protected her since she was a child.

Sylvi likes the road, where no one asks who her parents were or what she thinks of the rebels in the north. But when her best friend, Lenore, runs off with the rebels, Sylvi must make a haul too late in the season for a smuggler she wouldn’t normally work with, the infamous Mars Dresden. Alongside his team—Hyla, a giant warrior woman, and Kyn, a boy with skin like stone—Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend.

But when the time comes, she’ll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter—or the future of the island that she calls home.


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This bland landscape of a book was slow and hard to read.

The reason I picked up this book was the promise of a badass Mad Max vibe in a frozen tundra, but the problem with a frosty wasteland that never ends is the colorless world you get stuck in. There was little world building or much of anything that could be described and the characters seemed to be on the longest journey ever.

As for the storyline, its was interesting enough, but with the slow uneventful pacing what did it matter.

I guess the hype around this book was a farce and I'm left disappointed.

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