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Reviewed by Deborah Adams for Readers' Favorite
Daughter of Winter by Corina Douglas is the first book in the series by the same name. Our main character, Brydie MacKay, is one of those ordinary people until she discovers she’s not. She learns that she has powers and the destiny to destroy an ancient evil. Most importantly, that evil is coming for her and won’t stop until she’s dead. The book also contains an electric romantic element that delivers a steady stream of tension between Brydie and the mysterious and handsome Gage. Sparks fly between these two as he sets out to teach her about the truth of her family and the part she must play while keeping her safe and avoiding his attraction.
Falling into this story was easy. The writing and world-building flowed smoothly, dropping the reader into a world where Celtic myths and magic are real and right under the noses of ordinary people. The plot was thrilling, and I could easily connect to the characters. Chloe, Brydie's best friend, provided a nice element of humor, and I look forward to learning more about her in future books. Corina Douglas only scratched the surface of the magic system, throwing in flashbacks going back to the beginning of the clash between good and evil. I expect to get much deeper into the magic in the follow-on book, but I like that it’s teased out in small doses. If I have any complaints about Daughter of Winter, it’s that it ended sooner than I would have liked! Five well-deserved stars for a great debut novel.