Today is my stop on the blog tour for Katharine Orton’s bewitching debut, ‘Nevertell.’ Lina has never left the confines of the prison camp she was born in, after her grandfather was wrongly imprisoned. One night she unwillingly finds herself caught up in a dangerous plot to escape the camp. Despite the chances of success being low, she seizes the chance to see the outside world and together with her friend Bogdan is cast outside in a freezing and relentless world. But there are greater dangers than the cold lurking in the shadows, an evil sorceress with her pack of wolves is tracking them and it’s going to take all of their courage and just a sprinkle of magic if they are going to survive this treacherous journey across the Siberian wilderness.
Katharine has created this imagined world filled with darkness and magic that will delight and chill you in equal measures. She has bestowed upon Lina and Bogdan a seemingly impossible quest to travel across these frozen lands to reach Moscow and the safety of Lina’s grandmother. Each turn and triumph is matched with setbacks and dismay, keeping them just that little bit further from salvation. Katharine continually keeps the reader on their toes with this totally unexpected story and I for one didn’t imagine the surprises and uncertainty that Lina has to face. It gradually builds up, luring the reader into the story and then speeds up to a thrilling and dramatic finale that is thoroughly satisfying for the reader. A perfect winter read, best to be enjoyed under a blanket with a hot chocolate.
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Thank you to Rebecca and Walker for inviting me to join in with the blog tour. ‘Nevertell,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.