Teagan has chosen to serialize this high fantasy novel in monthly installments. For her legions of fans who are taking this Journey with her, so far we have not had to wait more than a month for the next highly anticipated episode.
Our heroine, 12 year old Emlyn Eriu, can see, hear, and communicate with spirits and other entities. Emlyn has learned that most people can not do this and that they are fearful of her extraordinary talents, particularly her family and neighbors living under the stern theocracy of the Un’Naf.
Emlyn’s journeys begin about the time she escapes from home and joins the Society of Deae Matres, a learned society of women who travel the world to search out, collect, and preserve knowledge. This particular group of women are accompanied by an equerry ( a horse whisper), two bodyguards (members of royal houses from two vastly different countries), and two hirelings. We also get to know the various personalities of their horses, a raven and a White Wolf. They travel by horseback and wagons, resembling gypsy caravans. We are learning that there are other Deae Matres who are not part of this traveling group and more about the history of the Society with each Journey.
These fascinating characters come from diverse backgrounds and countries that explore the breadth of Teagan’s high fantasy world. Each country is unique with differing histories, geography, religions, governments, and customs. Some of these countries seem almost familiar–but each is unique to the story and Teagan’s imagination.
Emlyn in particular, journeys back and forth between the Realm of the Living and the Realm of the Dead, as the troop continues its trek through the Flowing Lands, toward the Bone Mountains and the Revenant Pass.
Most of the Journeys are introduced by the Watcher, an ancient woman who may have been a member of the Society of Deae Matres. As her shredded memories come and go, she provides possible insights into the supernatural events and characters that move as freely through the different realms as Emlyn.
I give this serialization 5 Stars.
Dead of Winter — The Journeys
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Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak