Review in 10 words: Came for the plot, stayed for the romance. sci-fi-fantastic. 4/5
The Iskat Empire has control of the entire planetary system. Certain planets, including Thea have started to bristle against them.
Jainan, recent widow to Imperial Prince Taam, finds himself whisked into an arranged, political marriage with Kiem- known menace within society and a man with a less than stellar reputation.
The pair are suddenly thrown into chaos as Prince Taam’s death grows more and more suspicious.
(I was provided a copy of ‘Winter’s Orbit’ by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review).
I am not a big sci-fi reader. I am a romance reader, and although it would not be fair to called Winter’s Orbit a romance novel Kiem and Jainan’s relationship was my favourite aspect of the story.
That being said, I found the narrative, the political intrigue and actual sci-fi based plot to be very captivating! I commend the author for their ability to thoroughly world-build without info dumping on the reader (especially one who, like myself, is not as comfy in the scifi genre!).
The book plays on the age old trope of miscommunication/misunderstanding as a barrier to happiness for the couple. The POV’s between the couples were easy to follow and I found the two main characters to complement each other well! The book has just a million little touches that make it super comfortable, with a nice slow pace that forces you to become absorbed in the story.
(Content warning: The book does reference domestic abuse in a prior relationship. This is referred to during the story in flashbacks towards the end of the novel but is otherwise alluded to generally).