Always Gray in Winter is a delightfully refreshing look into a genre that I would never imagine existed, let alone read. When Mark turned up on my blog with this book, I was suspicious at once. I absolutely dreaded the thought of reading the book. This is one of those famous cases of not judging a book by its cover. Though admittedly, the cover is exceptional. The artist is incredibly talented.
- Title: Always Gray in Winter
- Author: Mark J. Engels
- Publisher: Thurston Howl Publications on 8/10/2017
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Pages: 184
- Format: Kindle e-book
- Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“A distant daughter. A peculiar device. A family lineage full of secrets.”
“When werecat Pawlina Katczynski finally resurfaces, her location previously unknown to anyone close to her, the reunion is short of welcomed. Instead, she finds herself thrust tooth and nail—tooth and claw—into a feud between opposing werecat clans as her family and their enemies reignite a battle that has raged for years.”
“Always Gray in Winter invites the reader to join the feud and see if blood is truly thicker than water…”
My Review of Always Gray in Winter:
First and foremost, before I get into the heart of the review, I want to say that if you are not familiar with this genre, please go into it with an open mind. The writing is brilliant, and the story is fantastic. Some people don’t understand it, but just give yourself over to the story and don’t try to decipher it. Just have a fun time reading. It’s worth it, I promise.
Pawlina Katczynski is on the run. In fact, she has become somewhat of a vigilante while running from her past. The past soon finds her though, and she returns to her family. She learns that her family is in danger so she immediately goes to work to help them. Others from her past get tangled up in the danger and everything heats up after that.
Always Gray in Winter is a fast-moving, action-packed, thrill ride.
From the very first page, there is not a moment where something is not happening. I loved this aspect and I read it in one night. The premise is far-fetched, but apparently, there is a real taste for “furry” tales out there and I will admit that I am now one of those who will be reading more.
There was one aspect that I didn’t care for and I talked at length with Mark about my feelings. The problem is that there are so many characters, it is nearly impossible to remember them all. Even when I got to the end, I was still a little confused. During one of my conversations with the author, he sent me a graphic of the characters and where they fit in. This graphic helped me and I believe that including it with the book would help so many others.
Also, one last recommendation, please visit the author’s website. He has no shortage of art posted there that depicts the book. It is beautiful and well-done. I want everyone to see it.
Consequently, with great honor, I award Always Gray in Winter a full 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to anyone who loves something out of the ordinary.
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