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"Winterwood is a perfect blend of magic, historical fiction, and romance—it truly has something for every reader." Barnes & Noble:
"Swashbuckling adventure collides with mystical mayhem on land and at sea in this rousing historical fantasy series launch set in a magic-infused England in 1800.... Bedford (Crossways) adeptly weaves together romance, action, and fantastical elements, all set against a richly realized series of far-flung locations. Conflict both nautical and emotional keeps things exciting." Publisher's Weekly 12/11/2015 | Details & Permalink
RT TOP PICK
"The first book in Bedford's new historical fantasy series, Rowankind, seamlessly blends history, magical lore, hiugh seas adventure and romance into one fantastic story. Bedford crafts emotionally complex relationships and interesting secondary characters while carefully building an innocative yet familiar world. Skilled, brave and smart, the heroine, Ross, must untangle a web of competing loyalties, hidden agendas and self delusion in order to decide how to act. The ending satisfies while enticing readers to return to explore the world further." - RT Magazine
Well I can’t tell you all the answers. But I can say that this book has a fabulous plot and engaging storyline. Don’t miss this fantasy read. It’s quite unlike anything else on the market. - Night Owl Review Top Pick
"A finely crafted and well-researched plunge into swashbuckling, sorcery, shape-shifting and the Fae!
Highly entertaining." - Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
"WINTERWOOD, the first book in Jacey Bedford's new series Rowankind, combines all sorts of delicious elements into a delectable whole. Urban fantasy, historical fiction, magic, shapeshifters, a strong female lead and top it all off with pirates. I certainly couldn't resist the temptation, and the result was thoroughly satisfying." - Fresh Fiction
"A fabulous and fun action-packed story, with an engaging heroine." - Liz Williams
Rowankind, Book 1
A tale of magic, piracy, adventure and love.
DAW 2nd February 2016,
Mass Market Paperback
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It's 1800. Mad King George is on the British throne, and Bonaparte is hammering at the door. Magic is strictly controlled by the Mysterium, but despite severe penalties, not all magic users have registered. Integral to many genteel households is an uncomplaining army of rowankind bondservants, so commonplace that no one recalls where they came from.
Ross Tremayne, widowed, cross-dressing privateer captain and unregistered witch, likes her life on the high seas, accompanied by a boatload of swashbuckling, barely-reformed pirates and the jealous ghost of her late husband, Will. When she pays a bitter deathbed visit to her long-estranged mother she inherits a half-brother she didn't know about, and a magical winterwood box containing task she doesn't want. Depending on who you believe it could right a terrible wrong or it could bring about the downfall of Britain. There's a man - a deadly government agent - willing to use all his considerable powers to prevent Ross from opening the box.
Enter Corwen. He's handsome, sexy, clever and capable, and Ross really doesn't like him; neither does Will's ghost. Can he be trusted? Whose side is he on?
Unable to chart a course to her future until she's unravelled the mysteries of the past, Ross has to avoid the not altogether unwelcome attentions of a dashing but dangerous pirate; evade a ruthless government agent who fights magic with darker magic; and brave the hitherto hidden Fae. Only then can she open the magical winterwood box and solve the problem. Unfortunately success may prove fatal to both Ross and her new brother, and disastrous for the country. By doing the 'right' thing is Ross going to unleash a terrible evil? Is her enemy the real hero and Ross the villain? Should she open the box or let sleeping magic lie.
Whichever choice Ross makes it's going to reverberate down the centuries.
Watch out for the sequel, Silverwolf, due from DAW in January 2017
Winterwood (Rowankind, Book #1) by Jacey Bedford (Historical Fantasy): When your favorite SFF book bloggers rave about the same book, you know you should pay attention. That’s the case with Winterwood. It also ticks off so many fantasy-element boxes. Magic, pirates, shapeshifters, ghosts, Fae – and it’s set in alternate Great Britain in the year 1800, during the reign of King George III. I’m game! :) - Sara Letourneau
Winterwood is a powerfully exciting start to a new series, leaving me waiting in anticipation for book two. How Jacey Bedford plans to top the excitement and adventure of book one, I have no clue, but I can't wait to find out! ~~ Dee Astell in The Nameless Zine
"I was impressed with the emotional level and complexity of the relationships in this book, as well as its unique perspective on social prejudice. The best thing about Winterwood is its many fascinating components, which Jacey Bedford weaves into one amazing story of magic and adventure. Rollicking action is expertly balanced with passionate romance in this novel which will leave you salivating for more, and I loved every moment! I’m already looking forward to the next installment and dreaming about a return to this exciting, magical world." - The BiblioSanctum.
"I should read outside my comfort zone more often: this book proves it. Winterwood is an easy, compelling read which ticks loads of boxes – pirates, fae, adventure, angst, ghosts, wild magic – whilst managing to surprise you with unexpected plot developments and delight you with its beautifully paced story and believably strange world. A delicious page-turner." - Jaine Fenn
"This book has so many of the elements I love in a good fantasy: pirates, fae, magic, a wolf shapeshifter, a heroine who disguises herself as a man, adventure, romance, an alternative historical setting… really, this book is just my thing." - The Book Adventures.
"Swashbuckling action, folklore and characters to care about: this is an authentic English take on historical fantasy, magic and class.' - Kari Sperring