291709Fifth book in the so far mostly outstanding Harper series, The Ring of Winter centers around a former Harper Artus Cimber who is obsessed with an ancient artifact known as -you guess it- the ring of winter. A talisman that is supposed to grant the wearer the pwoer cold and ice as well as immortality.

But the ring comes with a cost. Legend says there is a curse on the ring and that any who seek it are doomed to lose someone they love while they are questing for it. And while Artus has been searching for the ring for a decade, the curse seems to have passed him by.

Until he arrived in the jungles of Chult.

A break in his search leads Artus and his retired army pal Pontifax to book passage on a pirate ship to Chult where cannibal goblins and the last of the dinosaurs roam freely. Its there on the sandy beaches that Pontifax meets his end at the hands of an assassin of ice sent by the Cult of Frost. A cult that is also dedicated to finding the ring and is led by Artus’ nemesis, whom he’s already killed once.

My only complaint is the actual cult. There is no real history or backstory, its just thrown in there to be the evil organization because there needs to be one. The nemesis would have been fine as the antagonist on his own.

Continuing on with the Crimson Shadow series by R.A. Salvatore, Luthien’s Gamble is next.

362051In this sequel to The Sword of Bedwyr, the Crimson Shadow must rouse the peasants and fierce tribes of Eriador to fight the demonic Wizard-King Greensparrow’s bloodthirsty warriors and save their beloved city of Caer MacDonald.