Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 18, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Fantasy
Page Count: 150 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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"Shelter from the Storm" is set in a largely undefined vaguely fantasy world of mercenaries, healers, kingdoms, but the story takes place entirely on a mountain, with two men trying to survive a long cold winter. Kiernan is younger, an idealist, a healer's apprentice who has been sent into the mountain on a important mission .... or is it a fool's errand? Grif is weary of his mercenary life (he's described as a "sellsword") and walks off into the snow, hoping for an easy death. But his fall off a cliff lands him on Kiernan's tent, which the utterly unprepared younger man unknowingly pitched in the perfect spot to keep the wind from blowing it down.

The language here is sparse and lean, much like the landscape. This is NOT a romance with a HEA; there are a few sex scenes, and a certain chemistry that develops between the two men, but this is a survival story with a M/M element. There's a lot of information about surviving the winter, including building protective snow barriers, drinking boiled blood to keep the body strong, animal guts and all sorts of gore that I found incredibly fascinating. This small struggle to survive, minuscule in the world in which it exists, feels quietly epic to me.

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