THE WINTER KING by Christine Cohen

A village trapped in winter, a tyrannical god, and a girl who will do anything to keep her family alive…
Ever since Cora’s father disappeared through the ice, whispers about her family’s “curse” have grown increasingly louder. Desperate to help her mother and siblings survive another bleak season in the Winter King’s frozen grasp, Cora begins to bend (and even break) the rules she has kept since she was a little girl. But when she discovers a secret that’s much bigger than herself, she realizes too late that she has put herself–and those she loves–in even greater peril.

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Mild violence for adults but may be disturbing for young children. Main character gets whipped to the point of bloodshed and another main character gets beaten. There are also some mentions of torture and beatings.

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Would I recommend this book for...
Teenagers?Yes
Adults?Yes

Comments: This was well written and included Christian undertones and symbolism. It is probably best for ages twelve and up as it deals with some difficult and scary subjects, such as death, disease, corruption, violence, and manipulation. However, the message and writing is sound and the story and main characters are lovely.

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