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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Winterhued by E.H. Alger enters a world of kings, princesses, knights, and dragons. E.H. Alger writes about proud Castle Lawhill built on the edge of a lake, which seems ideal until the residents are cut off from the world by a dragon. King Ger and his daughter, Princess Winterhued, endured the initial attack but their kingdom needs help. There is word of a brave knight who can defeat this mystical creature, but his whereabouts is a problem, and getting off the man-made island to find him is the other problem. During the darkest of trials, the brave are revealed, and it forges true friendships. The princess has been true to her only love but despairs when her father promises her hand to the man who kills the beast that has hindered his frolicking lifestyle.
I loved the interaction between the characters. Winterhued is magical as unicorns and dragons appear in a world that has all but forgotten these creatures unless telling tales to their children. Heroes, forbidden love, and the right to rule a kingdom creates a fairy tale of hope. Different characters relate the events as they expound on their experiences with the dragon. The author writes with a poetic beauty and draws the reader to the climax of the ending. There is enough mystery in the plot to make the reader surprised at its twists. Well written, this fantasy tale is fascinating and woven with trust, despair, spite, anger, and hope. E.H. Alger has found her niche and does the medieval genre credit. I would willingly read any work from this author, confident I would enjoy it.