At Winter Solstice something came for the Penningtons and tore their family apart. On the same day, thirteen years later, daughters Iysobel and Ziema are terrified by what appears in the mirror before them. Terrified a curse hangs over the Pennington family eldest daughter Iysobel struggles to uncover the truth and find out if the curse really does exist. Fighting forces she never imagined existed outside of the fairy tales she read as a child; Iysobel is not only in danger of losing her life but also her heart. As she discovers hidden secrets about her mother and even herself, Iysobel is caught up in an icy web of magic and mystery.This winter one thing Iysobel isn’t wishing for is a white Christmas…
After reading the Mortiswood series by Gina Dickerson, I was incredibly excited to read about a whole new set of characters. I’m happy to say I wasn’t let down! This new novel takes the usual warm and fuzzy theme of Christmas and gives it Gina’s trademark dark twist, resulting in a delicious piece of fantasy writing sure to keep you entertained for ages.
The novel, it’s fair to say, starts with a bang. It goes right into the action and immediately has you wondering what the curse over the Pennington family could be. I don’t mind saying I felt a little shiver up my spine reading the opening chapters! I really enjoyed the different take on a traditional Christmas novel. It was very far away from the roaring log fires, mistletoe kisses and presents that usually inhabit that type of book. It made a nice change to read something different.
Ziema and Iysobel’s relationship is a joy to read. I don’t have a sister, so reading about their dynamic with each other made for an interesting look into the sister-sister relationship. What I love most about Gina’s novels is that they contain very real, human elements woven in amongst the fantasy. It helps keep the story real and makes it relatable to the reader. Iysobel and Ziema might be battling an ancient curse, but they still go through things that any other sisters would go through.
The plot itself is pacy and interesting, with plenty of action to keep you interested and more twists than you can shake a stick at. If you’re looking for an alternative Christmas novel, this could be for you.
About the author
Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast on the north-eastern tip of Kent, in the UK, with her family and playful Siberian husky. She is afull-time author and writes romantic suspense with a twist, horror, and fantasy because her characters refuse to play nice and wind up with more than a few bone-rattling skeletons in their closets. As well as being the author of The Pennington Christmas Curse, signed with Limitless Publishing, Gina is the author of the murderous romantic suspense novel Unveiling Christmas, the twisted short story collection, Underleaf, as well as the fantasy, adventurous romance series Mortiswood Tales, and has also written fashion and shopping columns for a local newspaper. When she’s not writing, Gina loves rummaging in vintage clothes shops, taking way too many photographs, and leafing through fashion glossies.