Heart of Ice: a book review

Description:

Rakel, a princess by birth, has spent most of her life exiled on a barren mountain, despised because of her powerful snow magic. Though she longs to be accepted, she hides in her ice-castle and lives with the fear that her brother—the King—will one day order her execution.

Her empty life changes forever when an army of magic users—led by the enigmatic Colonel Farrin Graydim—invade her home country with plans to enslave its citizens. Swallowing her fear, Rakel joins forces with her jailers and uses her magic to save the people who scorned her.

If Rakel cannot defend her homeland, the country will be lost.

My Review: Princess Rakel was exiled to the top of Ensom Peak as a child, where her parents left her to rot, fearing her power. She lives every day wondering if the next person to come up the mountin might bring her death warrant.

Rakel is slightly paranoid and aloof, resigned to a lifetime of loneliness. Bitter experience has taught her trust is not something to give away easily. Although she has done everything possble to try and prove herself harmless, she is greatly feared for her incredible powers, and many people wish her dead. Even the guards cannot be trusted.

When word arrives that her home country, Verglas, is under siege, Rakel is torn. The invaders are magically gifted as she is, and many have been treated even worse. They plan to create a country where magic users can be safe and free of persecution, starting with Verglas. That all sounds rather good to Rakel.

Yet on the other hand, their methods are beyond questionable. She sees the suffering these invaders are causing. It matters little to them wether the people they hurt are innocent or not. There also seems to be more to their plan than meets the eye.

Farren Graydim is a Colonel in the armies of the chosen. He has never doubted his loyalties, not to the cause, nor to his Commander – the man who saved his life. But one detrmined princess will have him doubting everything he knows, and everything he belives in.

If Fozen could make a good animated movie, then Snow Queen: Heart of Ice would make an awsome live action movie. This book takes the best of both the rigiinal fairytale and the movie and blends the in to a surprisingly original plotline.

Okay, so I totally apologize for all my frozen comparisons, but I can’t seem to stop thinking them. I would totally love to see this book on the big screen. Really, it would make such an awsome movie. I love Frozen, but in a lot of ways, this plot is a massive improvement.

Rakel’s powers are impressive, and with the way the author described it, I could almost feel the cold creeping under my skin as I read it. She is well matched by Farrin who, though not as flashy, confounds her at every turn.

The character development is a lot stronger, their pain and struggles are so much more real. Even though Rakel was often cold and allof from everyone, she was always so relatable. You can really see the effects of extreme isolation on her, and understand Farrin’s struggle with his splitting loyalties. The plotline is way more fun, and though we have not yet met the main villain, he sounds a whole lot more impressive than Hans ever was. And Phile the robber maiden had some of the best lines in the book.

Heart of Ice is an easy 5 stars for me, and I can’t wait to see how it ends in Snow Queen: Sacrifice! Pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: A quick kiss, and Phile loves to doa lot of harmless flirting.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: none
Blood/Violence: There are quite a few battles, but really nothing in the way of blood. Rakel is determined to finish this war without killing anyone, a position I greatly respect the character for. Few, if any, people die.
Other: This book does have plenty of magic.

Amazon Kindle Link:Heart of Ice (The Snow Queen Book 1)
Amazon Paperback Link:Heart of Ice (The Snow Queen) (Volume 1)

Author blog:K. M. Shea
Author Facebook: KM Shea Facebook

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