Winter’s Doom by Daryl Banner

Title: Winter’s Doom (The Beautiful Dead, #5)

Author: Daryl Banner

Publication Date: January 10, 2020



I knew what I did would have consequences.

I didn’t realize it would bring the doom of the world.


The president of the university isn’t happy with me.

Neither is the whole Living government, apparently.


But I signed away the truth,

swore myself – and all I know – to secrecy

and all I need to do is keep up the appearance that my life isn’t

fundamentally changed by what I saw

in the Sunless Reach.


Of course that’ll prove impossible.


After one defiant act

that spins the whole campus out of control,

I find myself once again face-to-face

with the Living Dead,

who apparently expect me to lead them

in some great Revolution

to take the world back as their own.


Do I betray the living, who cast me away?

Do I fight for the Dead, who hail me as their queen?


Once again, the fate of the world rests in my

hands, except this time, I’m not sure

I have the strength to stop what’s coming.


And the very existence of Life itself

may depend on what I do next.


This is Book 5 in THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD series. It is recommended to read this series in order.


Natalie’s 5 Star Review

All of my reviews tend to follow the same format. I think of a few adjectives that describe the story, sometimes needing to break out the old thesaurus depending on how good or how bad it is and then I expand from there. I throw in a few quotes to make my point and usually end with a sentence or two about the authors writing style.

My tried and true review formula, however, doesn’t quite work when it comes to Daryl Banner and his extraordinary Beautiful Dead series. All of my favorite adjectives combined can not express how amazing, stupendous, and impressive these books are. My favorite quotes from the book would give away too much and ruin future readers’ enjoyment. And, a sentence or two about Daryl’s writing style is not nearly enough to express his talent.

Reading this series has been so much fun and Winters Doom was no exception. Daryl’s gift for creating this unique and captivating world of Living and Dead is truly praise-worthy. With quirky characters and a plot that draws you in and keeps you on your toes, you can’t help but become consumed with each written word.

If you are a fan of great writing, out of the ordinary characters and a story that is un-put-downable then I highly recommend this series. Now I just need to somehow get these books on audio so I can relive each moment over and over again.


Start the Series

There is more than one kind of dying.

There is more than one kind of Dead.


Book #1: The Beautiful Dead

Book #2: Dead Of Winter

Book #3: Almost Alive

Book #4: The Whispers

Book #5: Winter’s Doom

Book #6: Deathless (coming soon)


About the Author

Daryl Banner is an author and composer who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Honors College with a degree in both Theatre and Psychology. During his time in college, he wrote, composed, and produced a musical under Tony Award-winning musical and Theatre producer Stuart Ostrow, as well as two original plays produced under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, who also mentored Daryl through the writing of his very first novel.

In addition to new adult and M/M romance, Daryl also writes post-apocalyptic fantasy as well as dystopian. He is most inspired by the smart and unlikely hero, but urges you (the reader) not to fall in love with them; they may deceive you with their innocence.

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