I started reading the book with modest expectations. After all, given the mighty supply of Young Adult fantasies, one needs to be at least cautious. It would be only honest to say, that the book exceeded my expectations, and very few things were really easy to predict in it.
As for suspense, drama, romance and heroism, 7 Folds of Winter has it all. There are all types of characters, as well – well-meaning but weak, truly noble, downright evil and, of course, ambiguous ones.
For myself, however, I could spot two weaknesses. One is that destined lovers are not particularly romantic for me. I prefer romance that is hindered, relations that are tense and that need clarification between the two partners-to-be. The other weakness I found is that no single character became my favourite. All the “nice” ones were nice enough, but none of them appealed to me definitively. The book is rather long, so there was “time” to get familiar with the characters. I just missed doing that.
I definitely enjoyed 7 Folds of Winter, and did not regret taking it, in the first place.