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~DOWNLOAD BOOK ♂ The Winter Prince ☪ The story of Medrautstrong, skilled, daring, and never to be kingMedraut is the eldest son of Artos, high king of Britain; and, but for an accident of birth, wouldbe heir to the throne Instead, his younger halfbrother, Lleu, is chosen to be prince of Britain Lleu is fragile, often ill, unskilled in weaponry and statesmanship, and childishly afraid of the dark Even Lleu's twin sister, Goewin, seems suited to rule the kingdomMedraut cannot bear to be commanded and contradicted by this weakling brother who he feels has usurped his birthright and his father's favor Torn and bitter, haunted by jealousy, selfdoubt, and thwarted ambition, he joins Morgause, the high king's treacherous sister, in a plot to force Artos to forfeit his power and kingdom in exchange for Lleu's life But this plot soon proves to be much a battlefield on which Medraut is forced to decide, for good or evil, where his own allegiance truly lies This is a companion novel to “A Coalition of Lions Sequentially, it comes before ‘Coalition,’ but both are fully standalone novels – where ‘Coalition’ tells a story from the perspective of the princess Goewin, ‘Winter Prince’ is her brother Medraut’s story Butthan his story, it is an exploration of love and jealousy.The milieu and characters of the book (very) roughly correspond to the classic Arthurian tales – Medraut is Mordred, bastard child of incest between Artos and his sister Morgause, and for that shame, denied the princehood that he sees as his right His younger halfsibling, Lleu, is the heir – which not only causes emotional conflicts with his brother, but with Lleu’s twin sister, Goewin, who is, ironically, the one probably most suited to rule.Not only is Medraut resentful toward his brother, but he is caught is a welter of difficult emotions concerning his cruel, politically conniving and perverse mother, Morgause, who hasof a hold over him than anyone may realize…I said it about ‘Coalition,’ and I have to say it evenstrongly about this book – I really don’t understand why someone made the decision to market this as a YA book The theme of incest and its emotional consequences in this book is rather ‘mature,’ and the language, while evocative and beautiful, is not juvenile.From reading these two books, I have to say that Wein is, (at least so far in her career), an extremely underrated writer – I hadn’t heard of her before I picked up one of these, admittedly only because I liked the cover! But her writing has impressed me quite a lot… I’m not surprised to discover on the web, she has her PhD in folklore… (a particular interest of mine) I expect good things from this author in the future! After finishing The Winter Prince, I had to stop for a minute to think about it do I like it? How much did I enjoy it? The style is very interesting: it seems to be straight first person narration at times, but when Medraut's mother appears, it becomes apparent that he's addressing the story to her It deals with one of the issues that lie at the heart of the Arthurian mythos, often blamed for the fall of Camelot: the incest between Arthur and his sister It works out the issues, in a way, binding Medraut to his brother, Lleu, and neutralising him, though it's not an easy road for either of them to walk.It also deals with the issues of abuse, a horribly powerful link between Medraut and his mother, and even between his mother and his brothers He has to deal with the tangled feelings that come when at one moment someone will hurt you horrifically and the next comfort you, when they'll say it's for your own good or that you did wrong, to excuse them torturing you Medraut's confusion is well done: I couldn't predict what he would do and how, I couldn't predict whether he would go free of her at the end or not.With the point of view it took, I suppose it'd be hard to showof Medraut's mother and her motivations, but I found that somewhat difficult to swallow, of everything in the book So casually evil, toying with other people as though they're not real Goewin and Ginevra are positive female characters, to an extent, though the latter does very little after the opening of the novel Goewin hints at a way she could become like Medraut's mother, so there is a bit of a sense of circumstances making her the way she is, but still I did want , I wanted less senseless evil anda sense of someone made the way she is by being wronged and so on Turning Morgause and Morgan Le Fay and their like into evil witches is one of those ways of pathologising female power that people don't seem to guard against.The Winter Prince can be a quick, easy read, but there's darkness at the heart of it which is, I suppose, countered by the end. This is a little bit of a Retro Review for me, although not entirely I just about burst with glee when I saw that THE WINTER PRINCE and A COALITION OF LIONS were back in print Two reasons for this: 1) I needed a copy of THE WINTER PRINCE for my own and 2) Now I can spread the loveeasily! If the last three books come back into print that will just be the icing on the cake (Warning: do not read the fourth book until you have the fifth book handy.)Nowadays Elizabeth Wein is well known as the author of smash hit CODE NAME VERITY But once upon a time she was Elizabeth E Wein, debut author of an Arthurian retelling called THE WINTER PRINCE Artos has three children Medraut, the oldest, is a illegitimate and cannot inherit Lleu, the prince, is beautiful and fragile and talented and spoiled Goewin, his twin, will not inherit either since she is a woman The children love each other, but there's also a great deal of resentment and hurt feelings between them.THE WINTER PRINCE is written like a letter from Medraut to his aunt and mother, Morgause She's a cruel woman with a terrible hold on her sons, but at the same time almost understandable as a woman trying to grasp all the power a woman can have Medraut perhaps loves and hates her eventhan her loves and hates Lleu.There isn't much of a plot to THE WINTER PRINCE It's a book about a relationship, and two people coming to terms with who they are It's wonderfully written, Wein's prose lending the book a fittingly seductive and sharp beauty It's a little messy, just like it's protagonist, and swiftly covers a great deal of time It's one of those books that sticks in your mind long after you read it, and comes back to you immediately once you read the first sentence again.It's just everything I want out of a book on the Matter of Britain And believe me, I'm an Arthurian geek and I want a lot It has questions of honor and what makes a good ruler, family and romance, and it's all bound up in insane episodes of cruelty, incest, and violence It holds its own with some of the greats of Arthurian legend, like Malory and Marie de France and Rosemary Sutcliff.Let's all give a big hand to Open Road for reprinting this under appreciated classic They've done it quite nicely, with a biography of Wein in the back and illustrations prefacing each chapter The illustrations have a nicely simple, oldfashioned look to them Sadly, I couldn't find the credit for the illustrator. An extraordinary book, focussing on the relationship between Arthur's two sons, Medraut (Mordred) and his halfbrother Lleu The book succeeds in creating a very distinctive atmosphere, combining an intense psychological realism with a sense of myth and archetype In this respect, it reminded me a little of Clemence Housman's Life of Aglovale de Galis (a book which I loved, though found myself unable to finish because it was too slow). Will return to this and write , but this just wasn't my kind of book, though it was recommended by people whose taste I trust completely I just found it very, very stressful reading along, not liking either Lleu or Medraut much but dreading the betrayal that's to come anyway It was wellwritten, but if you don't like the characters AND have a lot of resistance to the whole 'rightful heir is naturally going to be the shining one' view of monarchy, this hasn't much for you in it (Yes, I do make a total exception for Aragorn, as he earns every bit of his shining rightness, the hard and notglorious way.) elizabeth wein always writes about love this book is about tortured love, hurt love, torn love, and ultimately, gloriously, healed love it's very beautiful, written with gold ink it's stunning passage after stunning passage and it gets down to the depths of the human heart, where goodness and terrible rage live side by side, always, always (it's also a brilliant depiction of a sadomasochistic motherson relationship, and of the hurt and torture such a relationship brings to the heart). I bought it on a whim from a secondhand bookshop, and it's been one of my best whimsical buys The story seems slow, but even though it may seem as not much is happening, the tension between characters is irresistible And when in the end all pieces of the puzzle come together when you already know what happened, and why, and who was in conflict with whom it's so, so satisfying I'm still amazed how much there is in this tiny book. [edit] I just upgraded this from four stars to five Two reasons one I could not forget the characters of Medraut and Lleu and thought about their beautifully written love/hate relationship for months It led me to picking up the next book in the series and ultimately to listing the five books as a favorite series]I listed this as historical because it is a very unique and unusual version of the King Arthur legend Just very difficult to explain how this is done The names are different and characters and portions of the story are left out Perhaps I would not have recognized the connection to the legend had I not known before I read it It is a play on Mordred, in this book named Medraut It is the first time I have read a book that is told in the first person as if he were telling or writing it to a specific person, in this case Morgause Although he calls her grandmother, she is his mother, sister to the King (Arto who represents Arthur in this story Medraut of course is the bastard son born of incest Lleu is King Artos' legitimate son and Lleu's twin sister is Goewin (another new character).This is really the story of Medraut and Lleu and a very intriguing story of Medraut's deepest feelings as he is tortured by Morgause and yet loves her and cannot get away from her evil influence, resents and yet is devoted to his younger brother Lleu who will some day be king Medraut and his father Aros both know that Medraut is better suited for the role but it can never be The development of the relationship between these two half brothers with Lleu starting off as a sickly child unlikely to survive, the incredible sacrifices that Medraut takes to save and cure him, Lleu's sometimes rudeness toward his half brother well it is brilliantly done I had a little trouble getting into the story at first, perhaps because I had a little trouble getting into Medraut telling the story to Morgause, but once into it I could not put it down My copy is a small size paperback of 202 pages and a quick read The last fifty pages or so had me so drawn in to the story I read into the early morning hours Betrayal, cruelty, hatred, love all wrapped up together between these two brothers Great but very intense reading I had no idea how it was going to play out.Goewin If you don't bring Lleu back alive and unharmed I'll kill you, I swear it, surely, I will find a way to kill you.Medraut I fear you as little as you fear me, I whispered. I do not know what to think of this book except that the writing is brilliant The plot and characters are compelling but odd None of the characters are particularly admiral, and I like being able to admire fictional characters Even so, I can't wait to continue the series!