Cold From the North by D. W. Ross is his debut novel and the first in the new Onyxborn Chronicles.
Thank you so much to Storytellers on Tour for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Cold From the North and sending me a free Advanced Review Copy, in return for an honest review.
Cold From the North is a Nordic-inspired story, that follows Olgruf and his people as they decide to flee barbarian invaders. However, it soon becomes apparent that this is a larger threat than they could have imagined in this story filled with magic, intrigue and secrets.
Cold From the North is a fantastic debut novel — I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! It is Nordic-inspired, and Nordic stories are definitely a favourite (and that cover is incredibly eye-catching too!).
This story has so much lore. Throughout the story, we learn more about the history of the world and its characters, and it made for a world that feels rich and vibrant. Overall however, this is a plot-driven book, laying the foundations for the rest of the series.
Cold From the North is fast-paced from the outset. The start focuses on Olguf and Melcun as they travel to avoid the threat of invasion, taking their tribe across the mountains through the dangerous Widow’s Trail. This beginning section is very panicked and has real tension. The pace doesn’t let up from there.
We also have a few glimpses of the enemy’s point of view, which I really enjoyed. It’s always exciting to see what the main characters are up against, giving a glimpse of their motivations and personality. I’d love to see a bit more character development in the next book — Melcun in particular is a really interesting character as he is starting to learn his magical powers.
In conclusion, Cold From the North is a fantastic read. This Nordic-inspired debut is rich in lore with an exciting, fast-paced story. (Though I do recommend getting cozy before starting this book — so much talk of cold weather had me feeling a little chilly!)
Driven by the promise of an ancient prophecy which will bring the dark ways of an old god back to power and prominence, an army of invaders swarms Ogulf Harlsbane’s homeland slaughtering all those who oppose them.
Along with his people, Ogulf must seek refuge from this savage force. In his search of sanctuary, he is tasked with finding the one person who can put a stop to the onslaught.
Doing so will send him across lands and seas, have him and his closest friend navigate the intricacies of a civil war, and try to win the help of the princess fighting for her throne.
If he fails, darkness will prevail and the reign of the Onyxborn will begin.
About the author, D. W. Ross
D.W. Ross is an author who took the boredom of lockdown 2020 to another level by deciding to write a book despite having no experience in doing anything of the sort before – to say he never thought he would get this far is an understatement. One book has become a series, and now there is no stopping his creative mind as he plots books daily that he will absolutely never get to writing.
Cold From The North was his first novel, with follow up The Darkest Dusk due out in 2021 with the closing novel of the Onyxborn Chronicles coming in early 2022.
When not writing, he can be found watching pro wrestling, reading fantasy, dystopian and thriller novels, gaming, lifting weights and eating chicken wings. D.W. lives in Scotland with his wife.
About the blog tour, organised by Storytellers on Tour
I was sent a free copy of Cold From the North to review by Storytellers on Tour as part of a blog tour — you can view the full tour schedule below. Check out these amazing bloggers and Instagrammers for book reviews, guest posts and extra content!
28th April: The Kickoff
4th May: The Encore