Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
My Non-Spoiler Thoughts
If you love the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, this new series will surely become a favourite. Who knew that there could be another book that could obtain all that makes TOG so great and yet not be a duplicate. After reading Heir of Fire I was a little sad, it would not be till another year for the next in the series to come out. Then I picked this book up and immediately got the fix I needed.
What I liked
Can I say everything, I think I will say everything. This book moved along so fluidly, I in fact read it in a day. Which can sometimes be a bad thing, but with this book it was great. I was rarely bored. From the beginning I was able to emphasize with the main characters. I could feel their loss, and I wanted to help them in any way that I could.
What I didn’t like
There is only one tiny detail that I found a little upsetting and that is the big twist at the end. Well not really big, I just wish it would have been bigger. I hated how I had guessed it from the beginning. I think there was too much foreshadowing and maybe if there had been less I might have liked the surprise better.
Overall though, I look forward to the sequel Ice Like Fire. I can’t wait to find out what happens.