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Reviews of 'Winterheim'

Winterheim

by Douglas Niles
Icewall, Volume 3


Reviews of 'Winterheim'

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Reviewer: Cassandra Jacobs

Rating: Stars

This is the final book of the Icewall trilogy, and is by far the best of the bunch! This entire series was excellent and developed amazingly well

At the end of The Golden Orb, the king of the Highlander's, Strongwind Whalebone, had been taken prisoner and turned into a prisoner within the ogre city of Winterheim. This story covers the mission undertaken by the combined might of the Artkos and Highlander people to invade Winterheim and rescue the king. Faced with the perils of the tundra, including the walrus-like Thanoi, the small, but determined army fight against all the odds.

There are surprising twists and turns in this novel, some of which I didn't see coming. The love triangle between Moreen, the elf Kerrick, and Strongwind left me stumped until the end. It was obvious that Kerrick had fallen in love with the Artkos chieftain, but her emotions seemed more towards the highly valued friend. Strongwind, also in love with Moreen, saw a relationship between them as a way to unite the human tribes. While she could see the logic of it, it was obvious that she had a difficult time in committing only for the political reasons. Interestingly, the book resolves this issue well, by having Strongwind fall victim to the holy Axe of Gonnas, wielded by the main villain, the ogre queen.

The mystery of Coraltop Netfisher, the mysteriously appearing and disappearing kender is resolved at the end. I had guessed that he had something supernatural about him, and by the end it was revealed that he was actually a manifestation of the goddess Zivilyn. To contrast this, a somewhat unique and powerful ogre was later revealed to be Sargonnas, something I didn't see coming.

I was very intrigued by the flow of the storyline. The queen was an obvious villain, determined to destroy the humans, recover the lost axe, and sacrifice those she felt were an affront to ogre lifestyle. She believed she was the key to Grimwar, the king, achieving greatness. He, on the other hand, was tired of the queen's constant overbearing presence and her bloodthirst. By the end of the book, he called a truce with the humans and allied with them to have their two races live in harmony. A very unique twist was the eventual marriage between the king and one of the human women, leading to a line of half-ogres ruling Winterheim... a line tempered with compassion. I'll leave it as a surprise as to which human becomes the mate of Grimwar.

Overall, this was a great book. I love Doug's writing and his storylines, and unlike many other Dragonlance books, this one had a lot of hidden plots that aren't revealed until later in the story. The author leads the reader through them and the surprise you feel when they are exposed is half the fun of this story.

Review made May 21st, 2003.


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