Audio ARC Review: Winter War Awakening by Rosalyn Eves

March 18, 2019 Book Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio ARC Review: Winter War Awakening by Rosalyn EvesWinter War Awakening (Blood Rose Rebelion #3) by Rosalyn Eves
Series: Winter War Awakening #3
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 19, 2019
Genres: Alternative History, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Fantasy, Fiction, Social Issues, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Audio ARC
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The Binding is broken. Mátyás is alive. And Anna Arden is on the run.

It seems, yet again, that breaking the Binding has shattered the world. And the only hope of mending it is Anna and Mátyás, working together. But it’s never that simple, is it? The praetheria, the creatures once held captive by the spell, are now waging war against the Austro-Hungarian empire. And they are holding Noémi hostage–using her life to manipulate Anna and Mátyás, like marionettes on a string.

Gábor has elected to stay behind, to fight in the Hungarian army’s resistance, while Anna and Mátyás search for their beloved Noémi–a mission doomed from the start, cloaked in praetherian magic. Magic that relies on illusion and misdirection. Eventually, there’s only one way to save her: to split up. And to walk right into the lion’s den.

When everyone thinks they’re fighting each other for the same thing–freedom–can anyone truly win?

I really enjoy all the history and magic being mushed together. I think that is my “thing” right now. I especially love the history that isn’t focused on Western Europe, because I get to learn about cultures I am less familiar with. Also MAGIC.
Short review time – so basically I was anxious, then sad, then relieved, the surprise-sad, then grateful, then worried, then happy, then sad for real, then bittersweet, then the end. Does that help? 🙂
This story wraps things up beautifully, but it isn’t a “neat” package at the end. There is joy and sorrow in real life. And this book, excepting the magic of course, is REAL. War is dirty and messy and loud and horrible and this book and the story it tells is dirty and messy and loud and horrible, but the relationships (not only romantic) forged in this fire are for LIFE. Those bonds don’t break.
I don’t want to say much more, because this is the end of a trilogy, and I really don’t even like spoiling things from previous books if I can help it. But if you like history and magic and war and strong female leads, then please check this series out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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