This book was meh. Not like bad meh, just I don’t really know how I feel about it meh. I will say that I enjoyed reading this book, though I think it could defiantly be cut down a little bit. But I will say that I absolutely adore the cover of this book. It’s beautiful and after reading the book I feel like it suits the book as a whole.
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
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.
I’m going to start by saying that I’m probably not going to continue this trilogy. I’ve read the summaries for the next 2 books and to me it just seems like the story is being dragged on longer than necessary. The reviews for Ice Like Fire (book 2) aren’t the most positive, lots of people have mentioned in their reviews that it was boring and not as interesting as the first book. If there had been some massive cliff hanger I may have automatically gone to read the next book, but there wasn’t. I personally like the way the first book finished and I’m just going to leave it up to myself to interoperate the ending.
As I’ve said before, I do love a bit of romance in the books I read and this book had an interesting love triangle. It wasn’t an overbearing part of the story, which I loved, and the entire thing seemed reasonable. The relationships seemed natural, they were realistic and believable, which some books haven’t been able to achieve.
Meria is a strong female character that is well developed, thought out and not headache inducing. She cares so deeply about Winter and I liked her right from the beginning. She does act a bit childish sometimes, but that just makes her seem more like a real person to me. She is a soldier and fights for her life again and again in this book. She is nothing if not a brave main character. Though I won’t say I connected with her as well as I’ve done with other characters, which is fine but I think if I had the book may have been just the slightest bit better.
That being said every one of the characters was well developed to the point where they weren’t 2 dimensional. They weren’t just there to make the protagonist look better, they were there because they’re part of the story. This is their life and they are able to tell their story through Meria, and that made me love this book more than I thought I would
Spoilers about love interests in the next paragraphs
Okay but both love interests are incredibly likable. Like how the heck am I supposed to choose one to root for?! Mather has been there for her, he’s basically her boy next door. They grew up together, they’ve trained together and they’ve been united under the idea of saving Winter. He so obviously cares about Meria and her him, that it’s impossible (at least for me) not to like the idea of them together.
But then there’s the prince who cares so deeply about his people. He knows the servants by name, he remembers things about them and their families that other royals wouldn’t take the time to remember. He’s such a gentleman and doesn’t force Meria into anything, even though they are being forcibly engaged so that winter has an ally (though that doesn’t go exactly to plan). Prince Theron is a kind, playful character that I thought I would hate but ended up loving.
I can’t pick one or the other so until I do Meria will go between the two of them in my head until I settle on one.
Maybe I’ll read the 2nd and 3rd book in the series if I’ve got nothing I’m in the mood to read or if I just find myself checking them out of the library if only out of curiosity. But I don’t think I’ll find myself in either situation anytime soon. I will say that I do recommend this book to anyone who likes a high fantasy novel with a female protagonist.