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She's hounded from every side by treacherous elements and foes, but her greatest enemy lies within. In the mountains near France, the medieval Princess Elyce is being forced to marry, thus forming an alliance that will enrich her father but enslave her kingdom. Instead, she chooses to feign her death and flee to Prague to beg King Wenceslaus to help save her people. In Engla She's hounded from every side by treacherous elements and foes, but her greatest enemy lies within. In the mountains near France, the medieval Princess Elyce is being forced to marry, thus forming an alliance that will enrich her father but enslave her kingdom. Instead, she chooses to feign her death and flee to Prague to beg King Wenceslaus to help save her people. In England, the young knight Sir Gerard has a vision from God instructing him to help Elyce on her quest. When he arrives to find she has been near death for days, he manages to revive her. However, thinking the stranger was trying to kiss her, the princess immediately distrusts him. But her desperate situation forces her to accept his aid. Pursued by her enemy's guards over mountainous terrain, they must also battle the deadly winter elements. Her greatest challenge may be to overcome the voices of disapproval and accusation from her childhood. Will her emotions lead her into her true identity, or will they undermine her ability to work with Gerard and to save her people, who desperately need her help? In this dazzling and romantic story, New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson takes the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale to satisfying new heights.


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She's hounded from every side by treacherous elements and foes, but her greatest enemy lies within. In the mountains near France, the medieval Princess Elyce is being forced to marry, thus forming an alliance that will enrich her father but enslave her kingdom. Instead, she chooses to feign her death and flee to Prague to beg King Wenceslaus to help save her people. In Engla She's hounded from every side by treacherous elements and foes, but her greatest enemy lies within. In the mountains near France, the medieval Princess Elyce is being forced to marry, thus forming an alliance that will enrich her father but enslave her kingdom. Instead, she chooses to feign her death and flee to Prague to beg King Wenceslaus to help save her people. In England, the young knight Sir Gerard has a vision from God instructing him to help Elyce on her quest. When he arrives to find she has been near death for days, he manages to revive her. However, thinking the stranger was trying to kiss her, the princess immediately distrusts him. But her desperate situation forces her to accept his aid. Pursued by her enemy's guards over mountainous terrain, they must also battle the deadly winter elements. Her greatest challenge may be to overcome the voices of disapproval and accusation from her childhood. Will her emotions lead her into her true identity, or will they undermine her ability to work with Gerard and to save her people, who desperately need her help? In this dazzling and romantic story, New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson takes the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale to satisfying new heights.

30 review for Veil of Winter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    3.5 stars, personally. About this book: “Princess Elyce is on the verge of marrying the nephew of the unscrupulous King Conrad of a neighboring kingdom when she discovers that Conrad will use her marriage to force her people to work in his mines. In order to fake her own death and escape him, she takes a sleeping potion, planning to awaken on the third day and then travel to Prague to seek help from King Wenceslaus, who rules the Holy Roman Empire. But her plan goes awry: the third day comes wit 3.5 stars, personally. About this book: “Princess Elyce is on the verge of marrying the nephew of the unscrupulous King Conrad of a neighboring kingdom when she discovers that Conrad will use her marriage to force her people to work in his mines. In order to fake her own death and escape him, she takes a sleeping potion, planning to awaken on the third day and then travel to Prague to seek help from King Wenceslaus, who rules the Holy Roman Empire. But her plan goes awry: the third day comes without her waking up. Sir Gerard is convinced by Delia, his sister and Elyce’s best friend, to go help the sleeping princess, still slumbering and held captive by King Conrad’s guards. He manages to wake her with a kiss, but the princess is not pleased at this rude awakening. Still, he is her only hope of escape. Thus begins their journey to Prague in the dead of winter, hounded on all sides by elements and enemies. The greatest threat may come from within, though, as they desperately fight against their growing feelings for one another.” Series: Book #3 in “The Dericott Tales”. Review of the Book #1 Here! and Book #2 Here! Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned & remembered; Many Prayers; Going to a chapel to pray; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Elyce thinks that she must be a faithful person because she wonders why God would allow certain things to happen & asks for repentance; Elyce struggles with guilt for disobeying her father because of the Scripture is honor your father and mother (though, her father isn’t doing good for the people of their country); Mentions of God, His will, & being called by Him; Mentions of prayers, praying, thanking God, & blessings over food; Mentions of a vision & receiving one from God (Gerard); Mentions of going to a chapel to pray; Mentions of chapels/cathedrals, popes, & priests; Mentions of sins; A few mentions of the How Scriptures/Holy Writ; A few mentions of a crucifix at a chapel; A few mentions of those & places in the Bible; A mention of monks; *Note: Elyce grew up being told that there is two unforgivable sins which would cause everyone to stop loving her: being selfish and showing too much emotion (by her father & aunt, but she wonders that if that’s true, why would God give her emotions in the first place; *Spoiler* (view spoiler)[At the very end, she realizes that they were wrong *End of Spoiler* (hide spoiler)] ); Gerard wonders if the attract he feels for Elyce is a test or a temptation from the devil (compared to Jesus being lead into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to fast and then be tempted by the devil); Elyce’s father says that God will punish her for not listening to him; Mentions of evil people; A mention of a priest telling a man that he cannot murder his child or God will send him to hell (the man says that he’ll worry about that later and that God can forgive any sin, which the priest responds that there is no forgiveness without repentance); A mention of a healer being vouched for despite her not going to church or confession in many years. Negative Content- A bit of eye rolling; Seeing a fight & death (border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Being strangled, almost passing out, & pain (*Spoiler* (view spoiler)[Elyce’s father to her *End of Spoiler* (hide spoiler)] , up to semi-detailed); Nearly drowning & freezing to death (up to semi-detailed); Taking a potion & going into a deep sleep (somewhat painful, barely-above-not-detailed); Elyce lies for her and the others’ safety (she asks God for forgiveness after); Elyce is hurt by her father not loving her; Elyce’s father & aunt told her that she shouldn’t show her emotions and Elyce thinks that if she does show her emotions, no one will love her and that emotions are disgusting and dangerous; Mentions of wars, rebellions, & fighting; Mentions of a death, fights, injuries, & blood/bleeding; Mentions of Gerard & his brother being falsely accused of treason and murder & being almost executed (Book #1); Mentions of the possibility of being killed; Mentions of threats of violence, death, & executions; Mentions of harsh working conditions, being treated like slaves, & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a woman being chased to her (almost) death off a cliff & her being willing to take her own life to get away from the man; Mentions of someone who froze to death & the possibility of it happening; Mentions of stopping a man from being beaten; Mentions of blood/bleeding & injuries; Mentions of treason; Mentions of ransoms; Mentions of a potion that makes the person be believed to be dead by slowing their heartbeat and breathing, the possibility of injury from it, or possibly death and being buried alive (Elyce takes it); Mentions of hatred; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of hunting & dead animals; Mentions of having to use the bathroom outside (embarrassing for the women); A few mentions of thieves & stealing; A few mentions of alcohol & drinking; A few mentions of bullies; A couple mentions of beatings; A couple mentions of being concerned about a sick horse; A mention of a rumor; A mention of animal waste. Sexual Content- Four hand kisses (one unpleasant and one barely-above-not-detailed), a cheek kiss, two barely-above-not-detailed kisses (one is not meant to be romantic as Gerard was trying to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Elyce), two semi-detailed kisses, and two border-line semi-detailed // detailed kisses (before one of them, Gerard thinks that he knows he shouldn’t kiss her, but she wants him to kiss her and that if he did, “he’d be pleasing himself as well as her”); Quite a bit of remembering kisses (up to semi-detailed) & wanting to kiss again (including Elyce trying to think of a way to get Gerard to kiss her, barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Hand holding, Warmth, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to touch & embrace (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes & Winks; Noticing & Staring (barely-above-not-detailed); Elyce & Gerard have to sleep close together for warmth (it’s awkward for both of them, but Elyce thinks at one point that there is “something deliciously intimate about sleeping next to him”); The group (Elyce, Gerard, and two others) have to share a bedroom (nothing happens); When Elyce asks a man if he’ll be faithful to her, he talks about having “freedom” and that their marriage would be for the countries’ well-being, not for love (she says she intends to be faithful to her husband and wants him to respect her); Many mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of Gerard trying to do to mouth-to-mouth to Elyce & her not being happy about it; Mentions of men (not) touching women inappropriately; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of blushes; A few mentions of Gerard recalling when he was younger and kissed a few maidens (the knight he was in service with encouraged him to do that and more with the local woman) & how he didn’t feel right doing it, especially after one of the maidens catching him kissing another girl (he regrets his insensitive behavior); A few mentions of flirting; A few mentions of broken hearts; A couple mentions of Elyce hoping that she would love her future husband “at least enough to kiss him and have children with him”; A couple mentions of a man saying lustful things about servant girls (which caused Elyce to wonder if all men were brutish animals); A couple mentions of men saying that their wives changed personalities after getting married; A mention of Elyce thinking that she always hoped her first kiss to be with her husband (& her being mad that Gerard just stole that when he did mouth-to-mouth resuscitation); A mention of an accusation of a princess throwing herself to a knight; A mention of Elyce not liking how some guards were staring at her; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A mention of Elyce being thankful was still “as skinny as a twelve-year-old” as her aunt told her she was (though her aunt meant it as an insult because she believed a curvier figure was more desirable for being able to have an heir). -Princess Elyce, age 19 -Sir Gerard, age 21 (?) P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1382 Medieval/Historical 320 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- Two Stars Early High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Three Stars (and a half) This may not have been my favorite book by this author, but it was still an overall cute one. I think I struggled the most with how young Elyce felt and acted. Gerard was fine as far as leading heroes go. While, sure, I rooted for their mission and wanted them to be together, neither of them stood out to me nor did I feel connected to either of them. I’m not sure why that was. I felt bad for Elyce having to grow up being belittled and told that having emotions is sinful (mind you, this is from her father and aunt as her mother passed away having getting upset at her father; not a clergyman) so Gerard was a good fit and an encourager to her. I do wish they hadn’t spent so much time thinking about kissing the other, though. Some things were a little coincidental or predictable at times, but it was overall a good book and I liked that the characters prayed throughout the whole book. Link to review: https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    I really will never NOT love reading a Melanie Dickerson book! Her penchant for spinning fairytale like romance with kings and castles, derring do and stalwart heroes and heroines ( underscored by great virtues that will inspire YA and adults alike) is the perfect antidote to a world on fire. another winner!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This was a really sweet, historical fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. While the Sleeping Beauty elements were subtle, there is a still a sleeping princess involved. 😉 While I didn’t always connect with Elyce, I did like her in the end and was happy for her. But I loved Gerard! He was such a sweet guy. I love how he saw Elyce in a way no one else did. Instead of shaming her for showing her emotions, he encouraged her to honestly express how she felt. The faith in this book was so nice! It w This was a really sweet, historical fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. While the Sleeping Beauty elements were subtle, there is a still a sleeping princess involved. 😉 While I didn’t always connect with Elyce, I did like her in the end and was happy for her. But I loved Gerard! He was such a sweet guy. I love how he saw Elyce in a way no one else did. Instead of shaming her for showing her emotions, he encouraged her to honestly express how she felt. The faith in this book was so nice! It was inspiring how often the characters prayed for guidance and wisdom in the decisions they made. Overall, this was a clean, sweet romance with great faith content and a fast-paced plot! While not necessarily a new favorite or anything, I did enjoy it! *I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ever since I came across the first book in The Dericott Tales series, I've fallen in love. Whether it's the retellings or the characters themselves, I just really enjoy how quickly I can devour these. So, it's pretty safe to assume that I absolutely fell in love with Veil of Winter. Especially when it came to Elyce and Gerard. Now these two had a spark that was hard to deny. Yes, they did try to but eventually things came to I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ever since I came across the first book in The Dericott Tales series, I've fallen in love. Whether it's the retellings or the characters themselves, I just really enjoy how quickly I can devour these. So, it's pretty safe to assume that I absolutely fell in love with Veil of Winter. Especially when it came to Elyce and Gerard. Now these two had a spark that was hard to deny. Yes, they did try to but eventually things came to surface. It all started when he tried to wake the sleeping princess and then some. Of course, they had an adventure as well that brought them closer but I'm pretty sure they had a teeny tiny feeling towards one another when they first met. Just saying. Besides the slow burn of their romance, we had some action and drama as well. First off, I'm so glad that Elyce stood up for herself and against her awful father. I wasn't even surprised when certain villains were easily defeated or back down quickly either. They were extremely weak in my eyes and huge bullies with not enough power backing them up. We also get some betrayals throughout this as well. Pretty easy to see them coming but still enjoyable. In the end, I'm very excited that we are going to get another book in this series! Definitely hoping I get the chance to read that one as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Veil of Winter by Melanie Dickerson is a wonderful historical fiction that is part fairy tale/HF/romance, and I loved it. It is the third book in the awesome Dericott series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Court of Swans, so I knew I had to read this gem. I can’t believe I missed the second book, and I most certainly will read it now. I have now read several books from Ms. Dickerson and have enjoyed each one. I really enjoyed the quest and adventures involving our main character Veil of Winter by Melanie Dickerson is a wonderful historical fiction that is part fairy tale/HF/romance, and I loved it. It is the third book in the awesome Dericott series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Court of Swans, so I knew I had to read this gem. I can’t believe I missed the second book, and I most certainly will read it now. I have now read several books from Ms. Dickerson and have enjoyed each one. I really enjoyed the quest and adventures involving our main character and heroine, Princess Elyce. A strong moral compass, but imperfections still present, makes her a likable and inspiring young woman. I liked the tie-in with the classic fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. I also liked the relationship and romance between Elyce and Gerard. It was sweet, slow-burning, romantic, and clean. It was great to see how it evolved. I loved the lessons learned, moral and religious threads woven into the narrative, and I really enjoyed the happily ever after. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Thomas Nelson for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 6/14/22.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vee

    Princess Elyce is being forced to marry Rodrigo, the nephew of the neighboring king. There are two problems with this: one, she doesn't like Rodrigo, and he doesn't like her; and two, his uncle is using their marriage as a way to convince her father to enslave her people in the mines. She needs to find an ally to stop this mess. I have very mixed feelings about this book. The plot is a typical Melanie Dickerson plot - an enjoyable mix of drastic moral dilemmas with a light, inspirational-fiction Princess Elyce is being forced to marry Rodrigo, the nephew of the neighboring king. There are two problems with this: one, she doesn't like Rodrigo, and he doesn't like her; and two, his uncle is using their marriage as a way to convince her father to enslave her people in the mines. She needs to find an ally to stop this mess. I have very mixed feelings about this book. The plot is a typical Melanie Dickerson plot - an enjoyable mix of drastic moral dilemmas with a light, inspirational-fiction touch; one for when you're in the mood for an adventure read, or if you're down and need a cozy. Trouble is, unlike all the rest of her books, the two lead protagonists, our romantic interests in this venture... they just fell very flat. In the beginning, I thought this was deliberate; Dickerson is a master of graceful character development, realistically bringing an obnoxious character in the beginning of the book to a love interest we whole-heartedly cheer for in the end. Sadly, it was not that way here; there was next to zero character development. Gerard was constantly thinking about how honorable he was; he considered his friend his loyal companion with only the explanation that 'oh, I saved him once', which felt a little... off-putting; and he's just very distant. Elyce is a little better, since we get insight into her emotions and reasoning behind doing what she does, but she also feels very inconsistent without believable explanation for *why* she's switching between thinking one way about a problem in one chapter and another way about the same problem in the next chapter. The insta-love was expected, since it's pretty common in these books, but it was unbelievable in this story. Or, maybe not unbelievable, but very unenjoyable: the book could have probably a fifth of it cut out just removing the repeats of what the love interests looked like, 'how will he/she ever love me', 'I want to kiss her/him'...; and there wasn't any reason told or shown for their interest in each other (besides their 'beautiful/handsome' oft-repeated physical appearances) until nearly three-quarters of the way through the book. It just rang as very shallow and not inspirational, unlike the other books. That being said, several of the supporting characters were enjoyable and realistically multi-dimensional. Gerard's friend was my favorite, with his occasional dry comment (I especially enjoyed one comment he made to Gerard akin to 'I sat with her at dinner once, and now you have us married?' - kind of a 'dude, insta-love isn't normal' type of comment, which amused me.) I definitely enjoyed the plot enough to continue reading to see what happened, and the points of the book that I didn't enjoy may still be enjoyable to others. It was more solidly in the 'cozy romance' genre than Dickerson's books usually are, so I would think it's still a definite recommend to readers of that genre (which I'm not; I usually read more for the adventure and lightly inspirational characters). The writing was still enjoyable, the plot was good, and there were decent supporting characters. It's just not what I was hoping for, which is why I only gave it two stars. Constant romantic themes puts this as a definite YA/adult book interest-wise. There's nothing graphically inappropriate, so probably okay for 13+. However, the romance doesn't have much mutual respect involved, is solely based on physical appearances for an uncomfortably large portion of the book, and overall comes across as less-than-desirable. Personally, I would only give this to a teen who I knew was already conscious of what a healthy relationship should be like.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paperbacks

    I will forever love Melanie Dickerson's books, I have read every single one (except for her regency spy series, which I really need to get to). Anyway, I really enjoyed this series. The third book in the Dericott Tales follows another brother of Delia's, Gerard and a friend of Delia's named Elyce. Elyce is supposed to marry the king of a neighboring kingdom, but if she does her people will become enslaved. She decides to take a sleeping potion that will make her go to sleep for 3 days and she wil I will forever love Melanie Dickerson's books, I have read every single one (except for her regency spy series, which I really need to get to). Anyway, I really enjoyed this series. The third book in the Dericott Tales follows another brother of Delia's, Gerard and a friend of Delia's named Elyce. Elyce is supposed to marry the king of a neighboring kingdom, but if she does her people will become enslaved. She decides to take a sleeping potion that will make her go to sleep for 3 days and she will be able to wake up and escape. Her friend Delia knows the danger she is in and asks her brother Gerard to help. I loved the faith content in this series, I think I felt it a little stronger in this series than any of Melanie's other books. It's not strong but I loved the wave she wove the characters Faith into the stories. I also always enjoy the romance in her books, yes the romances happen pretty quick but that's what happens in a sweet fairytale story. 🥰

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Melanie Dickerson treats us to another of her retelling of fairy tales with an inspirational twist. This one is Sleeping Beauty and it’s very good indeed. The hero and heroine are wonderful as are many secondary characters. I haven’t missed a one if these stories. My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing fir a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion in this review is expressly my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joy Crain

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. When you need a read that you can't put down...look no further than Melanie Dickerson. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this new series of books. I loved the Hagenheim series and all her other series but this one really hits home for me. There is just something about a castle, a princess, and a dashing knight that really get to me. Melanie's writing on this book is superb and she is I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. When you need a read that you can't put down...look no further than Melanie Dickerson. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this new series of books. I loved the Hagenheim series and all her other series but this one really hits home for me. There is just something about a castle, a princess, and a dashing knight that really get to me. Melanie's writing on this book is superb and she is my go-to author for historical fiction (and I don't read a lot of it). This book had me on my toes from the very beginning and kept me interested with all the plot twist and turns. This is a must-read and I look forward to reading more of her content.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Murphy

    I always really enjoy reading Melanie Dickerson's books and Veil of Winter was no exception. This was an incredibly sweet retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story. I was very excited when I heard that it was going to be a Sleeping Beauty retelling because it has always been my favorite fairy tale and Melanie's version did not disappoint! I loved the twist that Princess Elyse was far less than pleased at being awoken with a kiss. As always, she included strong characters who had realistic flaws. I I always really enjoy reading Melanie Dickerson's books and Veil of Winter was no exception. This was an incredibly sweet retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story. I was very excited when I heard that it was going to be a Sleeping Beauty retelling because it has always been my favorite fairy tale and Melanie's version did not disappoint! I loved the twist that Princess Elyse was far less than pleased at being awoken with a kiss. As always, she included strong characters who had realistic flaws. I love that she doesn't make her characters uncomfortably perfect., though, I found myself connecting more. In fact, I related a great deal to Elyse. That may be why I didn't "bond" with her as easily as I did Delia and Audrey. As she showed more of her personality I really enjoyed getting to "visit" with Gerard and the rest of his family again. This story was incredibly easy to read and well written. The scenery as they traveled was beautifully described and I really would love to journey to Elyse's kingdom. I'm looking forward to more books in the series and seeing more of Delia's siblings find their happily ever after. **I received a free copy of Veil of Winter from Netflix in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own and not affected at all by receiving the book in this manner.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    2.5 stars, rounded down From the too convenient plot points, to the fact that the two main characters thought about kissing each other constantly, to a completely implausible ending, this book wasn’t all that great. I liked it the best of the three in this series I’ve read so far, which is not saying a lot, given that I gave this a 2.5. I think I’m going to have to accept that this series is not for me. I don’t think I’ll read any further installments.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angeline

    3.5 stars This was an okay book. I was able to read it pretty quickly but I just wasn’t that engaged. I really adored the last one so I was excited to read this one, but sadly it just wasn’t as good. Veil of Winter is the third book in Melanie Dickerson’s The Dericott Tales. Veil of Winter is inspired by Sleeping Beauty. I found the storyline interesting, however there were just times when it was a bit slow. Elyce was trying to save her people from being forced to work in the mines. While Gerald 3.5 stars This was an okay book. I was able to read it pretty quickly but I just wasn’t that engaged. I really adored the last one so I was excited to read this one, but sadly it just wasn’t as good. Veil of Winter is the third book in Melanie Dickerson’s The Dericott Tales. Veil of Winter is inspired by Sleeping Beauty. I found the storyline interesting, however there were just times when it was a bit slow. Elyce was trying to save her people from being forced to work in the mines. While Gerald felt called by God to come and help her. I had a harder time connecting with the characters. Elyce got on my nerves a bit but I did feel like she grew as the book went on. Gerald was super sweet and I loved how he tried to care for those around him. It was fun to read about them connecting and working through their different opinions, however Elyce did feel a bit shallow to me so I had a harder time with her. The side characters were okay, but they didn't really add to the story. Unfortunately this story fell a bit more flat for me. I was still engaged though and I did end up finishing the book. I will say that it could be that I just didn't like the characters as much so that was my personal opinion. However it was otherwise a good book. Veil of Winter is a book that I would recommend to those who enjoy teen clean romances. Veil of Winter is a clean, Christian teen historical book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    I enjoy fairytale retellings and this third book in the Dericott series delivers a creative twist on Sleeping Beauty with elements of history, romance, faith, and plenty of action. Melanie Dickerson does a masterful job creating YA fairytale retellings that appeal to YA readers and adults alike. She weaves faith elements into her stories that really resonate. I love the medieval setting and how she includes actual figures like King Wenceslaus in the story. The romance is an enemies to lovers tro I enjoy fairytale retellings and this third book in the Dericott series delivers a creative twist on Sleeping Beauty with elements of history, romance, faith, and plenty of action. Melanie Dickerson does a masterful job creating YA fairytale retellings that appeal to YA readers and adults alike. She weaves faith elements into her stories that really resonate. I love the medieval setting and how she includes actual figures like King Wenceslaus in the story. The romance is an enemies to lovers trope that like Sleeping Beauty begins with a “kiss.” Princess Elyce desires the happiness of her people. When her father arranges a marriage to the nephew of a neighboring king, Elyce is understandably upset. She becomes even more disgusted when she learns that her father plans to allow King Claude to enslave her people to work in his mines. She drinks a sleeping potion and fakes her own death to escape and journey to King Wenceslaus’ palace in Prague to enlist his help. She’s hoping as ruler of the Holy Roman Empire he will dissuade her father from this alliance and protect her people. Sir Gerard is a knight looking for a quest. When his sister proposes he travel from England to the Kingdom of Monciel to help a princess in distress, he’s leery until he has a dream that prompts him to go to her rescue. When he finds her, she is presumed to be dying and he decides to employ a method of waking her that he’s see done before. As he presses his lips to the sleeping princess, she awakes and is immediately angry that he would presume to “kiss” her. But as Gerard offers to help her escape and journey to Prague, she warily agrees to trust him. I honestly had a difficult time liking Elyce at first. Her emotions are all over the place and she’s quick to anger especially with Gerard. As time went on, I warmed up to her and understood why she was so emotional. Her father is despicable and constantly belittles her. Gerard is so patient and kind. He understands Elyce’s personality and doesn’t mind her expressing her feelings. Their romance really heats up as they journey to Prague and endure several hardships. It’s a great read for the summer because of the cold, winter setting. I enjoyed thinking of snow when the temps here are close to 100 degrees! While it isn’t my favorite book in the series, I still enjoyed it and felt it’s a great addition. It can definitely be read as a standalone for those who haven’t read the previous two books. The author does a fantastic job giving enough backstory to help the reader become familiar with the Dericott family history without being overly explicit. Recommend to Christian YA fans and historical Christian romance fans. I received an advanced complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review. 3 1/2 to 4.

  14. 5 out of 5

    English

    I liked the unusual setting of this story, and I did enjoy the overall plot, but I also found it a bit of a slog and had some issues about the writing and characterization. What I liked: Gerard at the beginning and Oswald. Especially Oswald, but I do not think he will get his own story. (He deserves one). Some of the scenes with King Wenceclas (no, not the one from the Christmas song). What I wasn't so keen on: The CONSTANT reminders of how Elyce was supposedly "too emotional" and her constant i I liked the unusual setting of this story, and I did enjoy the overall plot, but I also found it a bit of a slog and had some issues about the writing and characterization. What I liked: Gerard at the beginning and Oswald. Especially Oswald, but I do not think he will get his own story. (He deserves one). Some of the scenes with King Wenceclas (no, not the one from the Christmas song). What I wasn't so keen on: The CONSTANT reminders of how Elyce was supposedly "too emotional" and her constant internal monologue about it. Herein lies the problem, if the principle of "show, don't tell" is applied to Elyce, then she's a spoiled and petulant brat who almost gets herself and most of her dependents killed but for some plot armour and good luck. We hear about her throwing an especially violent tantrum at the age of 7 and hitting her cousin in a childish fight over a game. We only hear about such behaviour from her, not from the supposedly bratty character I do get the overall message that emotions can be a good thing and God gave us emotions, but I don’t think this is well delivered or fits the character’s behaviour. I do not believe God wants people to be spoiled, entitled brats who misuse emotions to get their own way. Nor am I saying that her Elyce’s Aunt gaslighting her was right, but the book's message about emotions just doesn’t ring true in light of how she acts most of the time. We’re told, repeatedly, that she’s just “emotionally intense”, “passionate” or “feels deeply”. She comes over instead as whiny, sulky, ungrateful and rude. Instead of accepting that her status as Princess carried certain responsibilities (which is incidentally what her father and Aunt who are demonized throughout the book taught her) she whinges about people "controlling her life" and seems to resent the idea of being subject to rules and social expectations. As a result of the above, I concluded the whole subplot about her people being threatened with slavery was a contrivance to make Elyce look good. Call me cynical, but I think the real reason she didn't want to marry was because her cousin was horrible and ugly and lecherous (etc etc) and a cartoonish villain. The plight of the villagers conveniently helps to make her look less shallow and selfish so she can look as though she's acting in the best interests of her people. Its almost serves in lieu of character development or Elyce having to display the maturity that should have come with her age. (She’s supposed to be 19). ___________________________________________________________ Two final points need to be raised here, and readers are free to call me out on this if they want. Both Gerard's sister and Elyce come over as emotionally manipulative. Gerard even thinks he is "being manipulated" at one point, but this is glossed over and presented as nothing to worry about because the person in question won’t mind if he doesn’t do what she asks. Yet if a male character was to emotionally manipulate a woman, he'd probably be deemed abusive. As someone who comes from a background where I was emotionally and psychologically abused by a female relative for YEARS, I find this kind of double standard really troubling. Emotional manipulation is never right, no matter who does it and whatever gender they are. It doesn't suddenly become OK because a pretty woman or the person you "love" is doing it. Also, the scene where Elyce leans over kisses Gerard on the lips is kind of problematic too for the same reasons highlighted above. Gerard did not give his consent to that kiss, even though it’s made out he was alright about it afterwards. Elyce was (justifiably) angry when she believed Gerard had kissed her when she was asleep, but its not a problem when she kisses him without his consent? A forced kiss is a forced kiss, no matter what the circumstances. The implication that is OK for a woman to do that kind of thing, but its borderline rape/sexual harassment of a guy does it is not a good one. Elyce should have at least been shown to apologize, and to find out if Gerard was comfortable with what happened, not gushing over how romantic her "first kiss" was.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    “Veil of Winter” by Melanie Dickerson is a sweet and inspiring retelling, loosely based on “Sleeping Beauty.” It is the third book in Dickerson’s “Dericott Tales” series. The series does not need to be read in order. I have read all of Dickerson’s many fairy tale retellings and “Veil of Winter” is one of my favorites! One reason is because I can relate so much to the main character, Princess Elyce (and I think many other readers will be able to relate to her as well). Another reason is that I lov “Veil of Winter” by Melanie Dickerson is a sweet and inspiring retelling, loosely based on “Sleeping Beauty.” It is the third book in Dickerson’s “Dericott Tales” series. The series does not need to be read in order. I have read all of Dickerson’s many fairy tale retellings and “Veil of Winter” is one of my favorites! One reason is because I can relate so much to the main character, Princess Elyce (and I think many other readers will be able to relate to her as well). Another reason is that I love the multiple layers in this story. It is a sweet, clean, wholesome journey filled with romance and adventure. But it goes deeper, as it is also about Elyce’s internal journey as well. I see Elyce as a sort of “Katniss Everdeen,” as she wants to save her people from oppression (they face terrible working conditions and have tyrants as rulers). She decides to do whatever it will take to escape marriage to an evil ruler—even take a sleeping potion, escape from her father’s castle, and face the elements of the harsh winter landscape; all to find a way to save her people! In the beginning, Elyce feels unloved, having been told to repress her emotions. She feels deeply and believes that there is something innately wrong with her, due to the way she was treated by her father and aunt. Her enthusiastic nature and emotions are wrong and must be repressed because no man will love her otherwise. She starts out very hurt and she is living with false beliefs about herself, causing her to not be able to realize her true potential and become fully who God created her to be. Enter our hero, the sweet, brave, “cinnamon roll,” Sir Gerard. You may recognize him from previous books in the series and now he has his own story. He is the perfect match for Elyce and assures her that she is not too much, and her emotions and passionate nature are beautiful. Who would not love that kind of man?! Their journey together is fraught with much adventure, excitement, and danger. The story is a good pace and many times kept me on the edge of my seat. Throughout the outward journey, Elyce is slowly learning to replace her false thoughts and beliefs with the truth and to be gentle with herself. The winter journey that Elyce takes can be compared to her inner journey from being rejected and unloved to learning and realizing her true identity. The journey also mirrors “Sleeping Beauty’s” journey from sleep to a new state of awakening! This story is so beautifully done and encourages the reader to also reject any false beliefs they may have picked up over the years, to love themselves the way God made them and to realize their true potential and identity in Christ! I highly recommend this book! Content: I give this book a PG rating. An example of the content is that a father physically and mentally abuses his daughter. Rating: I give this book 5 stars. I want to thank Melanie Dickerson and Thomas Nelson for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Veil of Winter by Melanie Dickerson is a delightful twist on Sleepy Beauty with a hint of Snow White. Elyse, the heroine, is a princess who cares about her people and wants to marry for love not out of obligation. Because of this, she goes on a guest to seek help from neighboring kingdoms to help stop an evil King from uniting their kingdom with hers and enslaving her people. If readers are familiar with the other Dickerson’s novels in this series, then they will be familiar with the plight of G Veil of Winter by Melanie Dickerson is a delightful twist on Sleepy Beauty with a hint of Snow White. Elyse, the heroine, is a princess who cares about her people and wants to marry for love not out of obligation. Because of this, she goes on a guest to seek help from neighboring kingdoms to help stop an evil King from uniting their kingdom with hers and enslaving her people. If readers are familiar with the other Dickerson’s novels in this series, then they will be familiar with the plight of Gerard, the knight. He is a strong and courageous man who defends Elyse on her travels through the countryside. With the description of all the snow, my heart sang a sweet tune. I love snow, and I loved how Dickerson crafted into this story. Nice and piling up to stop their tracks and to create some conflict in the story. As for the plot, it is a sweet story filled with adventure and risk. It is a true Dickerson style novel. If readers are familiar with her past fairy tale re-tellings, then this story should not be a surprise with how Dickerson framed and told the story. Overall, Veil of Winter by Melanie Dickerson was a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. I have enjoyed all of Dickerson’s stories, and this one is no exception. I received a complimentary copy of Veil of Winter by Melanie Dickerson from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Veil Of Winter ( The Dericott Tale #3 ) By: Melanie Dickerson Veil Of Winter is the third book in the series, The Dericott Tale. Melanie Dickerson has did a fantastic job of spinning this fairytale romance. Loved the story and the characters, both were well written. Loved the two main characters, Princess Elyce and Sir Gerard. The story can be read alone with no problems. I felt sorry for Elyce and Gerard. There is action, romance, faith, and the elements of Sleeping Beauty story. If you love a go Veil Of Winter ( The Dericott Tale #3 ) By: Melanie Dickerson Veil Of Winter is the third book in the series, The Dericott Tale. Melanie Dickerson has did a fantastic job of spinning this fairytale romance. Loved the story and the characters, both were well written. Loved the two main characters, Princess Elyce and Sir Gerard. The story can be read alone with no problems. I felt sorry for Elyce and Gerard. There is action, romance, faith, and the elements of Sleeping Beauty story. If you love a good fairytale then you will love this story. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    GEM

    This third book in the Dericott Tales by Melanie Dickerson is another retelling of a Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty. If you're looking for chill, laid back romance story without heavy drama this one is for you. It is very rare in a love story that religion will be used as the characters' guidance in their development as the story goes on. Especially in this setting, Medieval times, it is when politics and religion always has a conflict of interest. Special thanks to the publisher Thomas Nelson an This third book in the Dericott Tales by Melanie Dickerson is another retelling of a Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty. If you're looking for chill, laid back romance story without heavy drama this one is for you. It is very rare in a love story that religion will be used as the characters' guidance in their development as the story goes on. Especially in this setting, Medieval times, it is when politics and religion always has a conflict of interest. Special thanks to the publisher Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for providing an arc. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    As always, another enjoyable historical fairytale retelling. This one was a Sleeping Beauty retelling. It had moments where it was a bit slower but overall an an enjoyable read. What was good was that it showed the characters striving to do their best and willing to ask God for help in all situations. This was an ARC copy received from NetGalley and the publisher.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Bouldin

    A sweet and clean YA tale that is loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. The first meeting between Gerard and Elyse was probably my favorite part in the whole book. Elyse believes herself to be too emotional. She's been taught that showing any kind of emotion is wrong and feels unlovable because her emotions are not easily controlled. I thought it was a nice touch to show readers that emotions are a natural part of life. Elyse's father, the king, is a cruel man who is willing to sell his daughter for A sweet and clean YA tale that is loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. The first meeting between Gerard and Elyse was probably my favorite part in the whole book. Elyse believes herself to be too emotional. She's been taught that showing any kind of emotion is wrong and feels unlovable because her emotions are not easily controlled. I thought it was a nice touch to show readers that emotions are a natural part of life. Elyse's father, the king, is a cruel man who is willing to sell his daughter for more wealth, the emotional toil is what pushes Elyse to finally stand up to her father and seek a better way. I did at times struggle to connect with Elyse and the writing style. There were several instances where Elyse repeats her bemoaning about how she's too emotional, yet by the end of the book, nothing has changed. She does not see herself any differently, but Gerard loves her, so everything is fine. I would have enjoyed seeing her come to appreciate herself first, but overall the story was engaging and descriptive. Though it is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone with a few of the previous main characters making an appearance throughout the novel. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marylin

    I’ve read a few of Melanie Dickerson’s books and they are all wonderfully written. She can take cherished fairytales and give them a medieval twist. In this story, there are many intriguing characters. An evil villain, an unloving parent, a tender-hearted heroine, and a knight-in-shining-armor. This book takes you on a ride of your life through many trials and struggles but in the end, the reader is rewarded with a captivating story of love! Melanie Dickerson is an author who makes the reader feel I’ve read a few of Melanie Dickerson’s books and they are all wonderfully written. She can take cherished fairytales and give them a medieval twist. In this story, there are many intriguing characters. An evil villain, an unloving parent, a tender-hearted heroine, and a knight-in-shining-armor. This book takes you on a ride of your life through many trials and struggles but in the end, the reader is rewarded with a captivating story of love! Melanie Dickerson is an author who makes the reader feel like they are right there with the characters. Woven throughout this book there are bits of sweet moments in these two main characters’ lives. Even though one of the characters is a royal, we still see things in both their lives that are very relatable to us as readers. When we can put ourselves in the characters’ lives and understand the pains and joys, that is what makes a book great! This author has done that! I highly recommend you pick this book up and enjoy all the pageantry and sweet romance of this magical book! I was given this book by the publisher which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Another lovely fairy tale story from Melanie! I have long loved Melanie's stories that are based on fairy tales and this one is another lovely read. Elyce is strong and courageous even in her fear and up against evil and wicked men. Sir Gerard is perfect for her, and their romance makes for a fun read. I also really enjoyed the secondary storyline with a couple of additional characters that I won't name in the interest of spoilers. An enjoyable read for sure! Looking forward to the next book in Another lovely fairy tale story from Melanie! I have long loved Melanie's stories that are based on fairy tales and this one is another lovely read. Elyce is strong and courageous even in her fear and up against evil and wicked men. Sir Gerard is perfect for her, and their romance makes for a fun read. I also really enjoyed the secondary storyline with a couple of additional characters that I won't name in the interest of spoilers. An enjoyable read for sure! Looking forward to the next book in this series which releases later this year!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Historical / Fantasy *Rating* 3-3.5 *Thoughts* Veil of Winter is the third installment in author Melanie Dickerson's A Dericott Tales series. This is the authors retelling of Sleeping Beauty. While you do not have to have read the previous books, characters often show up in sequels. Case in point is Sir Gerald, who, along with his 7 brothers, was charged with treason by his step-monster and sent to the Tower of London where escape is almost nonexistent in Court of Swans. * *Source* Publisher *Genre* Historical / Fantasy *Rating* 3-3.5 *Thoughts* Veil of Winter is the third installment in author Melanie Dickerson's A Dericott Tales series. This is the authors retelling of Sleeping Beauty. While you do not have to have read the previous books, characters often show up in sequels. Case in point is Sir Gerald, who, along with his 7 brothers, was charged with treason by his step-monster and sent to the Tower of London where escape is almost nonexistent in Court of Swans. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Melanie Dickerson can be relied upon to deliver satisfying books! This one involves a caring medieval princess, brave knights, suspense, intrigue, faith, clean romance, with a happy ending! There are reminders of Sleeping Beauty, who is awakened with a kiss.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pancha Mantilla

    A nice retelling of the classic sleeping beauty. The princess overhears her father, the king, speaking to a foreign King. On these chats, they agree to marry her to one of the neighbor kingdom's nephews in exchange for about for their mines. The process can not stand this unfair treatment for her people. And take the decision to drink a potion and fake her death. The plan does not go as she plans but fortunately, a knight is willing to help her in her journey to get help and fair treatment for h A nice retelling of the classic sleeping beauty. The princess overhears her father, the king, speaking to a foreign King. On these chats, they agree to marry her to one of the neighbor kingdom's nephews in exchange for about for their mines. The process can not stand this unfair treatment for her people. And take the decision to drink a potion and fake her death. The plan does not go as she plans but fortunately, a knight is willing to help her in her journey to get help and fair treatment for her people. Fun to read novel. The third book of a family saga in which every book follows a different brother. A recommendation for any fan of historical romance. The characters are easy to follow and the chances on the narrator give you a unique perspective.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Myra

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. It was cute sleeping beauty retelling, loved the setting and Sir Gerard🤭

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Another stunning cover from the publisher and totally matches the story, something to love right there. I would say this story is LOOSELY based on sleeping beauty with the sleeping potion because that only takes up the beginning. MUCH of the story is Princess Elyce and Sir Gerard figuring out who they really are and what their purpose truly is. This book is also very much a stand alone. Elyce is so much braver than she realizes, taking a risk with that sleeping medicine, all to escape a horrific Another stunning cover from the publisher and totally matches the story, something to love right there. I would say this story is LOOSELY based on sleeping beauty with the sleeping potion because that only takes up the beginning. MUCH of the story is Princess Elyce and Sir Gerard figuring out who they really are and what their purpose truly is. This book is also very much a stand alone. Elyce is so much braver than she realizes, taking a risk with that sleeping medicine, all to escape a horrific arranged marriage and guaranteed slavery for her people to an evil king. It really is sad about her father as well. Sir Gerard wants nothing to do with the situation when his sister shares what is going on with Elyce, but he DOES promise to pray about it and that's when God reveals to him what he must do. He himself has no desire to travel so far to a foreign land to help a princess with the urgent message to his sister. Answering the call to honor God will change everything for him. Wanted to say my fave character was Ysabeau (incredible name), but that changes at the end, really threw me off too! Loved the other knight's faithfulness and friendship to Gerard, both were brave heroes throughout. The character who is living quietly under the radar, probably a favorite in this story. Not sure if the next book will have more of him, but he blessed me in this one. I would say this book is easily for preteen girls or older, very clean and innocent. I'm never disappointed with a Dickerson book. I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and comments are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Byers

    Elyce wants what is best for her people and doesn’t believe it’s the alliance her father has made with a neighboring ruler, to have her people mine. Along with that alliance is her needing to marry Count Rodrigo. She devises a plan to get out of marrying Rodrigo, and also escape to find help for her people. Meanwhile, Delia, asks Gerard to go help Elyce, and after prayer he heads out to see what he can do to help. This story keeps us moving as these two make their journey, along with Sir Oswalt Elyce wants what is best for her people and doesn’t believe it’s the alliance her father has made with a neighboring ruler, to have her people mine. Along with that alliance is her needing to marry Count Rodrigo. She devises a plan to get out of marrying Rodrigo, and also escape to find help for her people. Meanwhile, Delia, asks Gerard to go help Elyce, and after prayer he heads out to see what he can do to help. This story keeps us moving as these two make their journey, along with Sir Oswalt and Elyce’s maid/companion, Ysa. We meet a few others including Astrid, Bertold, King Wenceslaus, Ysa’s brothers and Father Johannes. Lovely addition to this series and I can’t wait to see who is in store for us next. A complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. A review was not required and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Courtney | Novel Maven

    Princess Elyce cares deeply for her people in the fictional medieval kingdom of Montciel. Her father King Leandre promises her hand in marriage to a despot's nephew in exchange for Elyce's people. King Claude intends to use the people of Montciel as slaves, first for digging a new mine and then for mining riches to benefit both kings. It pains Elyce to think of her gentle people, all of whom work in the sun, toiling below ground for a foreign king. She cannot go through with the marriage and deci Princess Elyce cares deeply for her people in the fictional medieval kingdom of Montciel. Her father King Leandre promises her hand in marriage to a despot's nephew in exchange for Elyce's people. King Claude intends to use the people of Montciel as slaves, first for digging a new mine and then for mining riches to benefit both kings. It pains Elyce to think of her gentle people, all of whom work in the sun, toiling below ground for a foreign king. She cannot go through with the marriage and decides to fake her own death to escape both the marriage and the castle. Elyce will travel to Prague to appeal to King Wenceslaus for her people's safety. Meanwhile in England, Lady Delia from Court of Swans has received a letter from Elyce about her quest to free her people. Delia sends her brother Sir Gerard to aid Elyce in her journey. When Gerard arrives, Elyce's plan has gone awry and her father knows she isn't dead. She is trapped in a deep sleep when she should have been awake already. Gerard has had a vision from God that he must help this woman and immediately volunteers his service to get Elyce to Prague. Elyce and Gerard both have luck on their side during their journey, making for an entertaining tale that stretches believability to its limits -- this couple truly is blessed by God for all their lucky turns. The result is a novel with no loose ends and the ending tied up in a neat bow. Recommended for teens who enjoy the medieval world of fantasy novels who won't mind the absence of fantastical creatures and magic. Parents looking for clean romance or Christian romance for their teens will also want to check out the series. I received an electronic galley copy of this title from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Read the review here: https://guenevol.wixsite.com/novelmav...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angelique Nish

    *I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3/5 Veil of Winter by Melanie Dickerson is the third instalment of her Dericott tales, this one a very loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty. In this book we follow one of the seven Dericott sons, Gerard, and his travels to the kingdom of Montciel. Our female lead this time is the Princess of Montciel, Elyce, and her plight is to save her people from a neighbouring king and her own father who want to enslave the people for their own *I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3/5 Veil of Winter by Melanie Dickerson is the third instalment of her Dericott tales, this one a very loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty. In this book we follow one of the seven Dericott sons, Gerard, and his travels to the kingdom of Montciel. Our female lead this time is the Princess of Montciel, Elyce, and her plight is to save her people from a neighbouring king and her own father who want to enslave the people for their own profit. After Gerard has a vision to help Elyce, they have to work together to survive a harsh winter and gain allies in neighbouring countries. As usual, Dickerson’s book is littered with feel good moments, daring sword fights, sweet romance, heavy religious themes, and fast-paced adventuring. I can always count on her books to bring a smile to my face. Let’s start with Elyce. She had a great start, and her whole personal dilemma was interesting… at first. Then it became really repetitive. Obviously this “problem” was a big deal in the 14th century but I couldn’t help but scoff at her emotional plight (emotional being the key word). Anyway, I liked her at the beginning when she took matters into her own hands and actually did something, but very soon after she became very useless (imo). Gerard was an interesting character. Very typical heroic man, and that’s all I have to say about him really. I did like the mention of historical figures that were scattered through this book. Mainly of key figures like King Richard, Queen Anne and King Wenceslaus… however the dates that these monarchs ruled were off by about 100 years. Oops. The plot was very typical, and the resolutions even more so. But that’s what I expected so I can’t be mad. I reeaaally liked the previous book, Castle of Refuge, so that’s why I’m only giving this one 3 stars. Hopefully I like the next instalment a bit more, but for sure I will be reading it no matter what.

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