Series: Wintercraft #1
Author: Jenna Burtenshaw
Publication Date: May 2010
Synopsis from Goodreads
Ten years ago Kate Winters’ parents were taken by the High Council’s wardens to help with the country’s war effort.
Now the wardens are back…and prisoners, including Kate’s uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane – the High Council’s most feared man – recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council’s experiments into the veil, and he’s convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace.
The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft – a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft.
REVIEW BY FRASER 8:3
I have just finished reading what I think is a splendid book called Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw. I have been reading this book for roughly two weeks and every single moment has kept me lost and absorbed inside the storyline and wanting more.
Wintercraft makes us realise that in our average lives there are people with incredible talents that we or they never knew about. Kate is a young girl living in a large town named Morvane in the country of Albion with Artemis, her only living relative. Her friend Edgar is a cheery guy who, unknown to Kate, has a dark past. Unfortunately, this quiet world is being forced into labour by the High Council, sending Wardens dressed in black cloaks to capture and retrieve civilians from every town to Fume, a city once used for the dead but now changed to a gloomy and polluted city of slavery.
Wintercraft is full of mystery and peculiar characters such as Silas, the immortal master of the Wardens sent out to capture the ‘Skilled’. Another character near to Silas, Da’ru, is a talented yet feeble woman, needing Silas bound to her in which Silas seeks revenge for his lack of freedom.
Kate is found by Silas and captured for her ‘Skill’ in an eerie world called the veil, a place where the lost must enter but in the end finds herself losing everything from the real world, including Artemis and Edgar.
My favourite part of the book must be unmistakably when Kate decides to help her enemy in an agreement to save her uncle near the ending of the book. Here the tranquil world turns upside down with sudden drama and shattering emotions, keeping you involved within the action. Wintercraft represents the moral of ‘good overcoming evil’ and at this segment, the moral shines.
Although, all the characters have separate and somewhat unusual personalities, the character that stands out for me must be Kate, the main character. She seems more intelligent than I had originally expected, escaping from impossible situations whilst also saving all that she can, proving her sign of respect, love and devotion to her friends. On the other hand, I would have adored it if a stronger relationship was created between Kate and Silas, for example Silas becoming the carer for Kate after their adventure to stop Da’ru.
Wintercraft is utterly amazing and I would love to read another of this author’s books as the whole storyline based upon an idea in my opinion could never be recreated again in such an awe-inspiring way. This book seems suitable for children above the age of ten years old and up, absorbing the minds of all relatively good readers. The book contains no bad language, mature writing styled for pretty much all age groups. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and hope that they understand the concept of the writing style, great for readers with interest in mystery and almost paranormal activity leading me to rate this book 4/5. A really fantastic book.