- Author: Sarah M Cradit
- Published: October 2015
- Category: Saga, Fantasy, Paranormal
Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans…
From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes Myths of Midwinter, Volume 6 in the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover. Not a standalone story, Midwinter’s plot makes the most sense only after having the prior volumes.
The threads of fate weave the Deschanels and Sullivans down perilous paths, as a centuries-old warning emerges: Seduction to sinners. A legacy in splinters. Beware, the myths of midwinter.
The author’s note at the beginning of this book explains that although there were cliffhangers at the end of the previous story, this is as series and as such sometimes needs storylines to evolve in order to drive the story forward. In this story, characters who weren’t centre stage previously are brought to the fore in order to tie storylines together. With that in mind I was prepared not to have all the answers and conclusions to existing events.
Lauren Weatherly is given the task of supervising Quillan Sullivan’s work, or rather the lack of it, at Sullivan and Associates, the family’s law firm. Quillan doesn’t want to waste time working when he can spend it enjoying himself. Although he doesn’t yet realise it, Quillan has a rare gift which, coupled with his feelings for Estella Broussard, who loathes him but will use him for her own ends, land him in serious danger.
At Ophélie there is a search party looking for the missing refugee children, Nicolas needs to take Mercy to Colleen in New Orleans and Finn is desperate to find Ana. Together with Aleksandr, Nerys, Anne, his brother Jon and of course, Forbia Finn begins the long and dangerous journey to rescue Anasofiya. Finn has not yet forgiven Jon and is against his involvement. Although Nerys is keeping a secret despite her promise to Finn, she explains to him that Aleksei is the son of the prophecy and his birth was foretold thousands of years ago.
Nerys told a tale of two races, Empyreans and the fore runners of the Quinlans, the Tuatha de Danann. Once great allies with complementing strengths, one born of fire and the other nature, equal benefit to offer one another. Their alliance was built on the promise of their mutual survival, sealed with a blood oath.
When war came to the Tuatha, the Empyreans broke this oath, choosing their survival over aiding their friends. The Tuatha were nearly wiped out, with those who survived seeking shelter in small, hidden tribes, regrouping as the Quinlans.
Continuing the saga of the House of Crimson and Clover this is definitely not a stand alone read. The story is told from various points of view and even being one who has followed from the beginning, it took me a little while to bring to mind all the previous plot lines and settle into this instalment. When I did though, it drew me in completely and the multiple storylines blended together nicely. I’m glad Jon has reappeared and seems to want to make amends. I loved the inclusion of Riley, Quillan’s twin, and their interaction and relationship. The paranormal aspect is always in evident in some form, but the elements go that much deeper and more sinister in this story.
The attention to detail, complexity and obviously deep research is impressive to say the least. The story is extremely imaginative and innovative and I always enjoy the mythology references. Wonderful storytelling and a blockbuster of a series.
This review is based on an ARC I received from the author. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review
About the author
An unabashed geek, Sarah enjoys studying subjects like the Plantagenet and Ptolemaic dynasties, and settling debates on provocative Tolkien topics such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf’s personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, Sarah has visited over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration (though New Orleans is where her heart rests). She’s a self-professed expert at crafting original songs to sing to her very patient pets, and a seasoned professional at finding ways to humiliate herself (bonus points if it happens in public). When at home in Oregon, her husband and best friend, James, is very kind about indulging her love of fast German cars and expensive lattes.