This book is special to my little blog I did my first review of the first book in the series so I’m very happy to review the last one. Though honestly I could read adventures about these characters for quite a while longer.
The Midwinter Witch
As we left off in the last book Ariel has become a magical ward of the Vanissen family. She’s getting lessons in witchery, but some stuff just isn’t sticking she has questions about her past.
However those questions will have to wait as she joins Aster in the Midwinter Festival, a giant family reunion of the entire Vanissen family. Which includes competitions in witchery and shapeshifting.
Aster is excited to compete as a witch in the annual Jolrun tournament. He wants to show everyone he’s proud of who he is, but defying tradition always comes with a price.
Those questions about Ariel’s past might not be willing to wait, a strange woman is visiting her in her dreams claiming to be her family. She claims she knows the truth about Ariel’s past. While Ariel appreciates what the Vanissen’s have done for her this woman may be offering a place where she can truly belong.
However, this woman has dark secrets and when sinister forces tear apart the family reunion, will Ariel finally see that her place is among the Vanissens, or will she let dark magic draw her away from her newfound family.
I’ll take 8 million more of these please. Seriously this series is like candy, it’s sweet in all the right places, hits all the emotional notes that it needs to hit, and shows the importance of family all while talking about defying gender roles! What more could you ask for? I’m pretty bummed the series is over but I figure that Knox-Ostertag will write something else great in the future so I’m here for that.
While there aren’t actually any LGBT main characters (Charlie has two dads), Ariel and Charlie are strongly suggested as being a potential couple at some point. So that’s why I’m going to make this my second review for Pride Month. Also the book is written by and LGBTQ author and talks a lot about defying gender roles so I think it counts.
Five Favorite Things
- The Magic System
- Aster’s influence
- Ariel’s choice
- Aster’s mom
Overall these books always get 5 stars so it’s no different now. Great book, by a great author would love to read more work from them.