The beast within his body and soul is so feral, yet the man is truly a god. His will and his heart make all the differences, and through the deadly traps of Nawia, he guides and protects Wynter on her quest.
Intensity and tension grow with every page of this action-packed fantasy. Vivid descriptions of the lands full of hunger and primal needs bring out raw emotions and thanks to great storytelling, the story flows smoothly and develops naturally. I have to dive into book two immediately! This is a very intriguing dark fantasy story - the first book in a series - that reminds me of the true fairytales - the darker ones, not the Disney ones.
The heroine, Wynter, is on a mission to rescue her love, taken as part of their town's annual tithe. We don't know the details of why or where they are taken, and all of the characters she encounters on her journey are either too cryptic or cannot provide answers due to memory loss.
This lends mystery and has you reading the whole way through This is a very intriguing dark fantasy story - the first book in a series - that reminds me of the true fairytales - the darker ones, not the Disney ones. This lends mystery and has you reading the whole way through trying to figure things out, which had me simultaneously frustrated and enjoying the anticipation.
There is great potential for romance of the reverse harem variety, and I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out. Some answers finally come at the very end that almost seemed rushed compared to the pacing of the rest of the book, but nevertheless were ones I enjoyed a lot and have me eager for the next part of Wynter's journey. This story had a dark, Alice in Wonderland feel to it.
The mundane seemed terrifying, and the terrifying strangely beautiful and compelling. There is horror and madness and at the center of it all a naive heroine who is all sweetness and devotion. Perhaps too much sweetness and devotion for my taste, but we got moments, brief flashes, of her potential for war and wantoness. I hope those traits bloom in the dark twisted world she must navigate on her quest. This was an intriguing start to a new series from an author whose originality never disappoints.
Jul 03, Tanya rated it it was ok. I want to begin by saying..
I liked the idea of this book and I think by the ending it had gotten better. I also believe this is a first book in a series so I give some leeway. I had a huge issue with phrasing in this story , namely the words I swear there are a million words that could have been used. The story is thus , Wynter comes from a small town and is in love with Finn, a young man who has lived with her and her father since he was 9.
Finn s family wa I want to begin by saying.. Finn is also marked to be taken. Wynter tries to stop it and follows him into a unknown chasm. Wynter then encounters fallen gods , barbaric creatures and a portal into fairy. This is completely different than anything else Debbie Cassidy has ever written. Its almost has a Fairy-tale feel and is most definitely darker and moodier but it also has some wonderful sarcasm and tender moments which soften the storey.
It is one of those books though that is intoxicatingly addictive and once you start reading you will find it really hard to stop until you have finished at which point you start craving book Two. There are twists and turns, its faced paced in places with plenty This is completely different than anything else Debbie Cassidy has ever written.
There are twists and turns, its faced paced in places with plenty of excitement and sexual tension in an exciting new world - I cant wait for the next instalment as I need to know where this story goes, well worth a read!!!!! Jun 05, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: , arc-s-or-beta-reads. This book is a new favorite of mine! Veles is Wynter is no exception to this. She is brave, headstrong, not willing to back down, and will stand up for who and what she believes in and loves. She goes through hell for her love. This story pulled me in and kept me gripped tight till the end.
It was interesting, a different kind of story and not boring one bit. Do yourself the favor and read this! Holy hell this book! Initially I was a little unsure of my thoughts but the more I got into the book the more I just had to keep reading. It really starting to take my breath and I was fully invested in what was happening!
I admit to having a lot of questions about what is happening but that just makes me want book two immediately and I cannot wait to see what happens next with Wynter and her quest! This is an exciting new series by the very talented Debbie Casidy that is full of magic, action, steam, dark and dangerous characters and an innocent and intriguing FMC! Highly recommended. Dark and captivating I have never been disappointed by a DC book and this one was no exception.
I started out not really liking Wynter. She's a bit timid and plays the damsel in distress to Veres at first. Then, about halfway she grows into herself and becomes a budding heroine. Veres is dark and complicated but with a beautiful heart underneath. We don't really spend much time with Finn but I think I'll grow to like him. This will apparently be a reverse harem so I'm excited to see who else join Dark and captivating I have never been disappointed by a DC book and this one was no exception.
This will apparently be a reverse harem so I'm excited to see who else joins the group. Basically, I'm just excited to read more. Feb 09, Marissa rated it it was amazing. Loved it! This is the 2nd series I've started by Debbie Cassidy and wow it's so good! Her world building drew me in immediately and I couldn't stop reading till I finished this story. It's a dark fantasy slow burn RH and you meet maybe 3 potentials in this story with 2 that I'm sure will be in her harem.
Wynter will impress you with her determination to finish her quest, especially at the end when she realizes it has barely begun. Loved this first book and cant wait to read more, this author is f Loved it! Loved this first book and cant wait to read more, this author is forever going into my TBR pile. Mar 15, April rated it liked it. I really enjoyed Debbie Cassidy's For the Blood series but this one was just a nonstarter for me. I normally like her brand of unusual. Her cover art and characters are always interesting. It felt like nothing happened in this book tho.
It started out great then the writing sort of got disjointed and by the end of the book I just wasn't that into it. I enjoyed the characters and concept of the worlds she was writing about it just didn't come together for me. I liked it This was very different from the authors other books. Wynter got on my nerves a bit though. She never listens to what she's told, and seems to need constant rescuing. She's not the badass that I liked so much in this authors other series.
And I did skip over some parts. But the story is very original, and I lined the world building. Will definitely read the next one. So Good!!!!! Wynter is an awesome heroine and fortunately for us it looks like her journey has just started!!!ipdwew0030atl2.public.registeredsite.com/356895-cell-tracker-on.php
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One thing I always love about this authors books is that we never get the full harem at first. We are always left guessing!!! I love the books written by Debbie Cassidy so I was really looking forward to reading this book, even though it is so different than any other book she has written. This book is full of curses, beasts, gods and fey - all the goodies! Release Raul, do not complete Crazy, Crazy, Crazy. After a long and eventful life, Raul's luck finally ran out during his time with the Courier.
Still grappling with self-doubt over his usefulness in the face of old age, Raul was never able to find peace with himself. Eventually, he left the Mojave and assumed a new name, as he had done so many times before. Free Raul or acquire him as a companion, do not complete his personal quest Old School Ghoul. Invigorated by his travels with the Courier, Raul once more took up his guns in memory of his lost Rafaela.
Soon after, the Mojave was filled with tales of the ghost-vaquero who hunts down those who prey on the weak. Acquire Raul as a companion and complete his personal quest, Old School Ghoul, by convincing him to become a vaquero again. Convinced that his time as a gunslinger was past, Raul made peace with the idea of growing old. After traveling with the Courier for a time, he retired and settled down in Outer Vegas, where he would spend his days fixing ancient machinery. Acquire Raul as a companion and complete his personal quest, Old School Ghoul, by agreeing that his time as a gunslinger has passed.
Without organized leadership, the remaining Boomers slowly drifted away, leaving Nellis Air Force Base to be flooded by prospectors and scavengers. All of the Boomers ' accumulated knowledge quickly scattered, and their existence slowly faded from memory.
Kill Pearl and Loyal. This ending will override any of the others. After the battle of Hoover Dam , the NCR mounted several campaigns against the Boomers, but all were quickly ended by the Boomers' artillery. Over time, as the Boomers found a need for gunpowder, they developed a relationship with the Gun Runners , trading their surplus crops for munitions. Do not complete Volare!
House showed little interest in the Boomers and left them to themselves in Nellis. The tribe remained fortified in Nellis with their backs to the world. The Boomers defended themselves against many attacks from the Legion, but they eventually fell to the Legion's superior numbers.
The Legion enslaved the Boomers and erased any memory of their existence from the wasteland. With little law left in the wasteland, the Boomers continued to defend themselves against the prospectors and scavengers invading their territory. Eventually the Boomers began wandering out into the wasteland, while still preventing outsiders from entering Nellis.
Complete Volare! The Boomers remained isolated but have been seen flying over the Mojave Desert from time to time. Though the Wasteland became anarchic after Hoover Dam, the Boomers' display of power dissuaded fortune seekers from attempting to penetrate Nellis. Buried beneath tons of rubble, the Mojave chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel was no more. Those few who were outside the Hidden Valley bunker when it was destroyed settled into new lives, or headed west to find a new chapter to join. Destroy the Hidden Valley Bunker.
This ending will override the others even if Eyesight to the Blind or Tend to Your Business was completed. Instead, kill all members of the Brotherhood inside.
With no organized opposition, their patrols began monitoring trade along I and 95 , seizing any items of technology they deemed inappropriate. The Brotherhood and the NCR in the Mojave Wasteland declared an official truce, despite continued hostilities between the two in the west. As per their agreement, the NCR handed over all suits of salvaged power armor and in return the Brotherhood helped patrol I and Highway In the relative peace that followed, Brotherhood patrols appeared along major roads, harassing travelers over any bits of technology they had.
At odds with leadership over the Brotherhood's future, Veronica looked to the Mojave Wasteland for an answer both she and they could live with. But the answer would never come, and the dangers of the world that had left the Brotherhood of Steel behind would eventually claim her life. Hoping to lead the Mojave Brotherhood down a new path, Veronica sought to learn from the thriving cultures of the desert. Absent a firm solution, Veronica's expression of frustration with Brotherhood leadership would lead to her banishment. She ended her days a wandering tinker. Despite her departure from the group, the Brotherhood's peace treaty with NCR came as some relief to Veronica.
Though she remained friendly with surface patrols, she was never again permitted to enter the bunker she once called home. Fearing for the safety of anyone she associated with, she continued her solitary life as a scavenger. But reports would emerge from Mojave scientists and social workers of old equipment miraculously repaired and research notes mysteriously completed. Though she'd seen the writing on the wall, the destruction of the Mojave Brotherhood came far more suddenly than Veronica had expected.
The news devastated her. Despite her best efforts to leave her past behind, she found herself compelled to make one final journey to Hidden Valley. There, she paid her last respects to the only family she had ever known. Destroy the Brotherhood of Steel in the Hidden Valley bunker. The Brotherhood's open aggression along the New Vegas highways troubled Veronica greatly. Nevertheless, it removed all doubt from her mind that in leaving them she had made the right choice.
Eventually she would take to the road, less in hopes of finding a new home than of leaving memories of the old one behind her. Complete No Gods, No Masters. Still, a distance had arisen between her and her fellow members that would never be bridged. She began secluding herself in crumbling libraries of the Old World, learning of promising technologies she knew the Brotherhood would never adopt. The death of the Mojave Brotherhood came much too soon for Veronica, and in their absence, she felt truly lost.
Yet in its wake, she took small comfort in her decision to remain by their side through their few remaining days. Destroy the bunker in any quest. Veronica put her moral sensibilities aside and supported the Brotherhood's new campaign of aggression as best she could. Yet deep down, she understood that it meant their end would surely be soon to follow.
Their leaders destroyed by the Courier , the Fiends scattered throughout the wasteland. This ending overrides all others for the Fiends if this condition is met. Though NCR repulsed the Fiends, they suffered heavy losses in the process. Motor-Runner remain alive, complete the endgame quest Eureka! House 's Securitrons could deal with them. At least two Fiend leaders remain alive, complete the endgame quest All or Nothing for Mr.
Fallout: New Vegas endings
In the anarchic months that followed, the Fiends asserted dominance over Outer Vegas. NCR repulsed the attack with minimal losses and, in the following days, destroyed the remaining Fiend leaders, breaking their power forever. Some Fiend leaders remain alive, excluding Motor-Runner, complete the endgame quest Eureka! Caesar , unimpressed with their performance and their dependence on chems , had them exterminated. When Mr. House asserted control over Outer Vegas, his Securitrons eradicated the remaining Fiends entirely. Kill exactly three Fiend leaders, complete the endgame quest All or Nothing for Mr.
They continued to be a nuisance throughout Outer Vegas, but never established full control over the area.
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With no clear leader to guide efforts in Freeside , the Followers of the Apocalypse lost control of Old Mormon Fort to local thugs and junkies. Eventually, using the Followers' remaining supplies to manufacture drugs, the Old Mormon Fort quickly devolved into little more than a junkie den. Julie Farkas is killed will override all endings. NCR further "encouraged" them to leave Outer Vegas entirely, and the Followers had no choice but to comply. Complete Eureka! Old Mormon Fort expanded its services and was able to aid more people, becoming a refuge for the less fortunate citizens of New Vegas.
After the Legion's victory, the new Caesar learned the Followers had "defamed" the original Caesar 's noble origins. The Followers of the Apocalypse were hunted down and exterminated, and Old Mormon Fort was turned into a pile of rubble. Kill Caesar in Et Tumor, Brute? After the Legion's victory, Caesar , out of a strange respect for his old fellows, allowed the Followers safe passage out of the wasteland. Save Caesar in Et Tumor, Brute? After the Courier ensured New Vegas remain free, the Followers found that independent Vegas was even more unstable and violent than before.
Old Mormon Fort became excessively burdened by the influx of patients, struggling to provide even the most basic of services. Though Arcade's intentions were pure and his goals were noble, he ultimately succumbed to the harsh brutality of the Mojave like so many before him. Tricked by the Courier and imprisoned by the Legion, Arcade remained Caesar 's personal physician for several years.
Caesar grew fond of speaking with such an educated man on philosophical matters. Arcade became his unwilling intellectual sparring partner. After years of such servitude, during an unguarded moment, Arcade used a surgical scalpel and his bare hands to disembowel himself. Lacking any other skilled medical personnel, the Legion was unable to prevent his death. Caesar mourned his loss for months. Though the Legion was victorious at Hoover Dam, the Legate did not have the same medical needs as Caesar. Lanius quickly tired of Arcade's acerbic wit and had the doctor crucified.
Kill Caesar during Et Tumor, Brute? During the retreat of Caesar's Legion from the Mojave Wasteland , Arcade was a sad casualty, one of many. His body was heaped with those of many others in a nameless ravine on the Legion's long march home. Unfortunately, when word spread that Arcade was once a member of the Enclave , he was forced out of the Followers of the Apocalypse. Pursued by bounty hunters, NCR rangers, and the Brotherhood of Steel , Arcade pushed deep into the eastern plains and was never heard from again.
He tended to the sick in Freeside for a while longer, then returned to NCR territory to become a teacher with the Followers there. Unfortunately, a NCR ranger identified his father's armor as Enclave property. He was arrested, tried as a war criminal, and imprisoned indefinitely. When news reached Freeside that Legion forces were approaching New Vegas, Arcade did his best to help people escape with adequate supplies.
A Legion explorer saw Arcade helping locals escape and pointed him out to a centurion. Arcade's group was run down somewhere near Westside. There were no survivors. Arcade was outraged by Mr. House 's power play following the defeat of Caesar's Legion at Hoover Dam. Though he remained in Freeside for a short time after the securitrons established widespread control, he eventually traveled back into NCR territory. Disillusioned with the Followers of the Apocalypse, he settled down in the outskirts of the Boneyard , where he worked happily as a family doctor. Complete All or Nothing for Mr.
Though Arcade was proud to have been one of the defenders who turned back the Legion at Hoover Dam, he was crushed by Mr. House's ascent to power. Saddened by the loss of life and liberty in the area, Arcade left the Mojave Wasteland for parts unknown. He was never heard from again. Arcade was proud to have been one of the defenders who helped repel the Legion from Hoover Dam. He was prouder still to see the area freed from the shackles of the NCR and Mr. Though independence for New Vegas was not all he hoped it could be, Arcade used his Enclave knowledge and technology to keep order wherever he could.
Though he found that independence for New Vegas was not all he hoped it would be, Arcade did his best to help the locals govern themselves. Travelers continued to stop by Goodsprings Source for water on the Long 15 , but rarely would anyone venture into the ruins of Goodsprings itself. Those who did were almost always tourists, come to visit the graveyard where the Courier "rose from the dead. Kill the people of Goodsprings or complete Run Goodsprings Run. Goodsprings saw more trade along I after NCR gained control of the Mojave Wasteland , but with that came a heavy burden of the Republic's taxes.
Some old-timers, unable to handle the cost, were forced to move on, grumbling all the while. Complete Ghost Town Gunfight , complete the endgame quest Eureka! The Legion, preoccupied with its acquisition of New Vegas , scarcely took notice of the town of Goodsprings. Many locals moved on, fearful of Caesar 's long shadow.
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Only the old and the stubborn remained. After Mr. House gained control of New Vegas, he sent a Securitron to Goodsprings as a token of appreciation for helping the Courier. Victor was a mixed blessing, however, as he continually monitored the town for Mr. With New Vegas' independence formally declared, Goodsprings thrived. More travelers stopped by Goodsprings on their way to and from the Strip, and the locals grew prosperous from the traffic. Rose of Sharon Cassidy died as her caravan died - in an unmarked grave, another victim of the Mojave. Despite the destruction of Cassidy Caravans , Cass lived for 30 more years.
She made her way back West and passed away in a small shack outside of Vault City , the rose pendant still around her neck. Already struggling, NCR's supply lines suffered further as the two caravans withdrew support until the "massacre in the East" was resolved. NCR enacted strict trade laws with little resistance, strengthening their supply lines and their position in the Mojave. During their trek West, however, their caravan was wiped out by raiders using advanced weaponry and military tactics.
No cargo was taken. When questioned, the Gun Runners denied any involvement, claiming they would have no This ending is added onto and comes right after that one. That night, Cass kicked in the door of his room to celebrate, only to find the man on the bed was an NCR soldier whose barracks had been destroyed. He was cute, though, so after having her way with him, she got the hell out, leaving an empty whiskey bottle as a note. As she walked along the Dam in the night, she felt drunk, content, and happy to be alive.
Which to her, was the whole point of it all. So she laughed, said fuck it all, and raised a bottle to the Dam and the ones who had fought for it. As far as she was concerned, the whole thing was proof that playing out a bad hand can pay off in the end Cass lived to see Hoover Dam in its Old World glory, humming with power the likes of which the Mojave had never seen. Vegas burned brighter than ever, securitrons filled the streets, and Cass's heart skipped Her last words were to the Dam - and to herself. Complete All or Nothing endgame quest for Mr. Cass lived to see the Courier bring down three armies and by her count, that was three more than she'd expected.
She'd kept quiet about that, though. Cass lived to see the mark of the Legion on Hoover Dam. Uncertain of what lay next for the West, she remained silent. As the Legion marched West, she found it difficult to see the Dam as anything more than a gravestone for the Mojave - and everyone in it. After generations of being beaten down, the Great Khans were finally broken by the Courier. Those few who avoided the Courier's wrath moved north, into the wilderness of Idaho , where they tried once more to rebuild. Kill Papa Khan and Regis.
The NCR 's pressing need to expand proved greater than its promise of amnesty, and before long the government decided the Khans had to go. As for the newest romantic interest? Sorry but that raven is dull dull dull. It just didn't give me the feels. I'm sorry it had nothing to do with the writing It was just so quick and felt hurried. Wynter is on a mission to save the Fae relm from Oblivion and to stop it spreading into the human world. So yes there is a time pressured mission to complete here but we went from one thing to next so quickly I didn't really feel the connection with Raven - even with the soul bond they have.
Veles was left behind when they entered Faerie so most of this is spend with the Raven. I liked him but Wynter and her determination to give him his own choices got a little old. The tension would build and then oh no I can't Finn who? He was barely remembered by Wynter Berstuk played a bigger role than I expected and I couldn't even remember who he was. Encase you don't either.. The Alison in wonderland feel has heightened to an I'm not sure whats going on level.
Some parts were trippy I'm so getting kicked out of the fan club. It jumped form one situ to another very quickly, and a lot of Maybe if it had of been longer I could have gotten into it more. I'm also tired of one guy appearing only to lose the other. They never seem to be all together. If I'm not excommunicated then I'll read on to find out what happens, I'm just not excited about it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. This is soooooo good. I love Raven, love Veles, love how kick ass Wynter is becoming and love the way the fey realm is getting built into the story. This series is so deliciously dark. We get much more world building in this installment, as well as seeing Wyber develop as a character and get into her powers a bit more. She's very different to Debbie's typical heroine, but it This is soooooo good. She's very different to Debbie's typical heroine, but it just shows her diversity as a writer.
We see things develop between her a Raven, although their dynamic is very complicated. And Veles I love him so much! Highly recommended! View 2 comments. Mar 09, Lene Blackthorn rated it really liked it. The second installment in this series is a great continuation of book one. Wynter's quest now led her to Faerie, into the heart of the war with Oblivion. Accompanied by the Raven, she is slowly succumbing to her soul - the soul of the goddess Morrigan, and the perks and abilities coming with that fact.
Though, Wynter doesn't want to be her. And Veles does not like his Wynter to enter the realm without him, his protection, only with another man. Dangers follow Wynter's every step, and under the t The second installment in this series is a great continuation of book one.
Dangers follow Wynter's every step, and under the time pressure, she must hurry up to succeed.. This book was a rollercoaster, developing so fast I sometimes wished it would slow down a bit and show us more - I'd certainly appreciate more depth in several parts as it felt a bit hurried.
Especially when it comes to the strange relationship between Raven and Wynter, the soul bond and Wynter pushing him constantly away. The hot'n'cold behavior brings me sometimes almost to frustration - but in good way : Other than feeling hurried on occasions, I couldn't say anything against the book - action packed, emotional, bringing back the characters from book one and answering some questions though, I hoped there will be more mentions of Finn, he was really pushed into background. Secrets and details about the nature of who Wynter really is are falling into place and creating a better picture of the kickass heroine.
Her feelings feel real, the conflict in her tugs at my heart, and the romantic interests mixed with basic needs give the story a different edge. Although I just finished the book, I feel like I need more just about right now. There is so much promise to this series! Mar 07, Nerdy Housewifey rated it it was amazing. We can always expect a fairly smart and independent FMC, a gripping plot and a fantastically built world. Then we get to meet and get to know more characters and find out some of what is really going on.
It was action, twists and turns everything I love in a book. So many possibilities. Mar 10, Missy Brown rated it it was amazing. This author is a one click for me, she never disappoints. I have read all of Debbie's works, she never fails to capture my interest with her unique characters and plots.
These two are just getting stronger together and I so love it. We get more characters that we get to meet. As always Debbie always makes the side characters just as interesting as the main ones. The action and pace is spot on, leavi This author is a one click for me, she never disappoints. The action and pace is spot on, leaving everything flowing smoothly. Honestly from the time that you start reading until the end, before you know it, you are at the end and craving more.
Overall, if you like well written paranormal Rh with great characters and lots of action. This series is a must read. Mar 10, Rebecca rated it really liked it. This takes place right after book 1. It is interesting to view Hell as a place that could be encroached upon by another multiverse. In this case a big black nothing, Oblivion. Wynter and Raven have to delve into Faerie world to try to get rid of Oblivion.
And find Alaran, the Winter King. The discord between Raven and Veles still continues, even as Veles makes a sacrifice to come to Wynters aid. Can they circumvent the Oblivion, find the King, find Morrigan-whom they thought was dead-and fix everything? Feb 17, Andrea Green rated it it was amazing. This is a Debbie Cassidy book so as you would expect the storey line is a very strong one - Different than her normal UF books as this one is more Fantasy based with wonderful characters.
This is the second book in the set and is a fantastic follow up to book one. Absolutely Amazing RH series where love is central and the sex naturally follows. Debbie is really good at building heat into scenes but the storey is key and the sex is just the cherry on the top so to speak.
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