A mage apprentice and her master... Against three hundred mercenaries sieging a town.

Seventeen-year-old mage apprentice Rielle accompanies her master, Leigh, on a mission to save a viscount from a town under mercenary control. But mercenaries aren't the only newcomers to town. When the mission goes awry, Rielle must choose whether to follow her orders or her conscience. "Winter Wren" is a sword-and-sorcery short story, a prequel to the romantic epic-fantasy series Blade and Rose.

The Mysterious Amazon Customer

Amazon Top Contributor: Fantasy Books

Miranda Honfleur’s Winter Wren (A Blade and Rose Short Story) is a wonderful prequel to her
Blade and Rose series. It’s do a great a sword-and-sorcery short story with a wonderful lead in mage apprentice Rielle, A great supporting cast and an adventure that turns out to be much more than what it first seems (and no I’m not going to tell any more and spoil things). This is a fun book and a great way to “test ride” the series. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises - the book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, it is easy to highly recommend. I’m sure anyone trying out this series will thoroughly enjoy this test ride - and the series itself.

Emily Pennington

Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"Winter Wren" is a sword-and-sorcery magic and villains short story prequel to the epic-fantasy series Blade and Rose. It is full of action and suspense. The writing is excellent and will captivate the reader right from the start.

As a seventeen-year-old mage apprentice, Rielle and her master, Leigh, go on a mission to save a viscount from a town under mercenary control. But something goes wrong and the excitement explodes! The characters are well depicted, and there was good interaction between Leigh and Reille. I own the Blade & Rose Box Set and feel much better prepared to delve into those stories now. This is a really good book for both YA and Adults to enjoy.

About the author

Miranda Honfleur

Miranda Honfleur is a born-and-raised Chicagoan living in Indianapolis. She grew up on fantasy and science fiction novels, spending nearly as much time in Valdemar, Pern, Tortall, Narnia, and Middle Earth as in reality. 

In another life, her J.D. and M.B.A. were meant to serve a career in law, but now she gets to live her dream job: writing speculative fiction starring fierce heroines and daring heroes who make difficult choices along their adventures and intrigues, all with a generous (over)dose of romance.

When she’s not snarking, writing, or reading her Kindle, she hangs out and watches Netflix with her English-teacher husband and plays board games with her friends.