I was fortunate enough to receive a short 3 chapter preview of Winterkeep via Netgalley. It is the 4th book in the Graceling Realm series, one of my all time favorite series. I was super excited to get this sneak peek before the full novel is released. It has been quite a few years since I re-read the entire Graceling Realm series, though I usually re-read Fire (my favorite of the series) every year. It did take me a bit to re-acquaint myself with the characters and settings, but not long since I was fully involved by the 3rd chapter. Kristin Cashore does a great job of interweaving some of the backstory and refreshers into the story, it didn't feel like an info dump or overly repetitious, just a nice reminder of who everyone is and what they are up to. I am already super attached to Giddon and can't wait to read more. It looks like we are going to be introduced to a very cool new society in the world and I am so excited.
Synopsis: "Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.
But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep.
Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what’s going on before anyone else, and only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life."
You can find out more about the Kristin Cashore and the Graceling Realm on her Goodreads page or Website.
You can also pre-order your own copy of Winterkeep in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or request it at your local library or bookstore.
If you would like, since I am behind the Penguin Random House Graceling Realm re-read event, I am going to be starting my own re-read later this week. If you want to follow along or just chat with me in general about it, please stop by my Instagram Page (@EasternSunset9)