3.5 stars. I received a copy of this from the author for a review.
Winter Solstice Winter started a little slow for me, but soon picked up the pace and it was a breeze to read after that. I liked the setting a lot. There aren't many YA novels that are set in the Viking era, especially not ones that girls would want to read. I thought the descriptions of the Norse and their way of life was very well done. The author did a good job of weaving in Norse mythology and religion into the story. I thought the addition of Christianity being introduced to their world interesting.
I do think the book could benefit from more editing. There are some typos and grammatical errors. There were also a few words used that pulled me out of the story. At one point Soren parks Volomite. The use of the word parked there pulled me right out of the story and I couldn't help but picture Soren parking some weird type of car instead of a horse. Also, some of the descriptive words could have been incorporated into whole paragraphs instead of used all in one sentience.
Other than that I thought the story was very well done. I liked Ailia from the beginning and wanted to like Lucia. I would have liked to have seen Ailia struggle a bit more with who she is. I felt bad for Lucia, being in the situation she was in, until she makes the decision she makes near the end.
Soren was a nice enough love interest. I do wish there had been a bit more time spent on Soren and Ailia and the feelings that were developing there. I really wanted to get Soren's perspective through some of that. It seemed to happen too quickly, but I guess it does kind of make sense in the context of the story.
Overall a good read from a promising author.