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WINTER RAIN

Engaging Read

By Sebs, member

Mar 3, 2009: As far as I’m concerned, Chris’s choice of update length was golden. There is not a cliffhanger every chapter, there’s a cliffhanger nearly every update (with roughly 10 updates per chapter).

The first few posts are amateurish and blocky, but the prose smooths out surprisingly quickly. Before the end of the first chapter, I stopped noticing any awkward construction, and by the end of the second, the prose becomes very smooth and very good.

The story is based on the Irish legends of wolves who are also men. This makes it a werewolf story – though it is devoid of most of the typical werewolf fare: full moons, silver bullets, monstrous wolf-men, etc.

Probably the most notable theme is the protagonist’s anger issues. Tiergan’s persistent anger is evident from very early, and the process is very well described. I say "process" because he is not an angry person – he does not walk around angry, rather, he becomes overwhelmed by emotion.

Whether or not that makes any sense, trust me that Chris writes Tiergan well, and the characterization and plotting more than make up for any early awkward prose.

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WINTER RAIN

Howling for more

By G.S. Williams, author of No Man An Island

Mar 2, 2009: "Winter Rain" is a well-constructed thrill-ride. Written in the rarely-used, often ill-used, present tense, the writer (Chris Poirer) makes it work: because it puts you into the action, following the dynamic and aggressive life of a young werewolf.

It suits the instinctual nature of these wolves, who run as much on animal cunning as they do on human intelligence. That’s the brilliance of the story, the way instinct shapes the actions of the characters, from beginning to end. Struggles for dominance, the use of force for power, the lowly currying the favour of the head of the pack . . . It all fits together.

The protagonist, Tiergan, is at the bottom of his pack, as a younger wolf, and a little on the small side. Yet he shows a lot of intelligence, and starts working his way up. At the same time, he resists his instinctive urges, wanting to avoid violence despite his inbred anger, and fearing becoming just like his older brother, Faolan. The leader of the pack, with violent mood swings and the strength to enforce his will. The complexity of Tiergan’s character runs all through the narrative, really giving readers a sense of knowing their narrator.

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WINTER RAIN

Breathtaking

By sandrafowke, member

Feb 23, 2009: I had planned a quick perusal of this very fetching looking site, hours later I came out with my mind a buzz and feeling like every sense had been fulfilled. Poirier literally yanks the readers right into the middle and holds us there till he’s shown us everything there is to show. Quick, crisp description, multi-sensory, and jammed full of suspense and intrigue.

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