Book Reviews

Winter’s Captive by Robin D. Mahle & Elle Madison

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 264
Series: The Lochlann Treaty #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published: Dec. 21, 2018
Rating: 3 stars


They thought she was a puppet they could manipulate. But this princess is no damsel in distress.

Or at least she doesn’t want to be…

The black X of the Aramach marked the spot where Princess Charlotte’s life was destroyed. Her fiance has been kidnapped by rebel insurgents, and war threatens to crumble her kingdom if he’s not safely returned. Somewhere in the midst of her inner circle, traitors are plotting to prevent their two kingdoms from uniting. Deciding it’s time to take matters into her own hands, Charlie storms from the castle on a mission to save her betrothed.

But the obstacles are many, and her skills are few.

Due to her sheltered existence, she’s knows nothing of her own kingdom or how to survive in it. But time is running out. The drums of war have sounded. Fighting against rebels and assassins; Charlie must find a strength within herself she never knew existed.

But will it be enough to bring her prince home and save the kingdom?


The kingdoms of H’Ria and Luan have been at war for decades. That was going to end with the marriage of Charlie and Oliver uniting the kingdoms. But Oliver is taken by Aramach rebels.

Can I truly do this? Fifteen years of training to rule as future Queen told me the answer was no. That I should stay in the castle where I was safe, helping to ease the tensions of our people with my mere presence. That I had no business gallivanting off to do a man’s work.

But there was another part of me, smaller, buried – but no less real – saying, If not me, then who?

My first impression of Charlie is that she is quite stupid when it comes to Oliver. She endangers herself and others a few times just to help rescue Oliver. I understand why she delivered a message to her brother, but after that, she could have gone back home. She didn’t have to continue on so she didn’t feel useless. She could have been useful back at the castle.

Due to this, I wasn’t a big fan of Charlie. She was dense when it came to Logan because all she ever really cared about was Oliver. But I think she has potential. We were finally getting to the good stuff at the end but then a cliff hanger. Good thing I have all the books in the series.