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A Hint of Frost (Araneae Nation #1)

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"Hope dangles by a silken thread. "

"Araneae Nation, Book 1"

When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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29 November 2015: $1.65 on Kindle

1 December 2014: $0.00 on Kindle

4.5 stars. Originally reviewed for Risque Reviews

I’m always on the lookout for a new fantasy romance. Surprisingly, they’re somewhat hard to find. So, good ones are even harder to find. In my quest, I stumbled onto a gem in Hailey Edwards's A Hint of Frost. The strong adventure plot pulled the story forward and kept me rapt with attention. Lourdes and Rhys are trying to find her missing sister and learn why her parents were murdere
Jess Haines
Jan 07, 2013 Jess Haines rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, adult
I'm torn about this book. To be perfectly honest, if someone whose opinion I trust had not told me that it got better, I would have given up within the first few chapters, maybe sooner.

Before you read my issues with it, I do want you to know that it was a compelling story, and most of the characters were very well fleshed out. The fantasy elements were well thought out, the plot was cleverly executed, and the romance between Lourdes and Rhys was sweet. The ending was satisfying, and the journey

A really enjoyable read!

I truly am at a loss for words on how to adequately review this book. First, I would say it is pretty heavy on the romance which I like in my fantasy reads. There is not much angst, which I also prefer.

The writing is very good, but I wish there was a little more description of the characters and creatures appearances. Especially the Urus (? spelling). The world building was pretty good but again more detail would have made it more 3 dimensional, not to say it was flat bu
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Apr 16, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Every once in a while, I stumble across a book that actually treads new ground; one that is fresh without being weird; one I find myself excited to tell everybody about. This is one of those books.

Someone has murdered Lourdes' parents, making her the new maven of her clan. With the deaths of their rulers, the clan's protectors have turned on them and Lourdes must move quickly to find help. She agrees to marry Rhys, the prince of a feared warrior race. In exchange for the union, Rhys wil
Angela Blount
Apr 18, 2016 Angela Blount rated it it was amazing
Full version of review for RT Magazine: March 2012 edition

4 Stars!

The author spins an action-packed story of intrigue and betrayal, with an endearing romance at it's heart. I adore a good marriage of convenience tale that ultimately turns into much more – and this one is exceptional. The dialogue is strong, the storyline compelling, and the prose artful. I nearly devoured this book in a single sitting, I was so hesitant to put it down once I'd been caught in it's web.

The fantasy world setting i
Oct 15, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars

I love this fantasy romance and the awesome world building. The last time I read the same genre that make me love it as much was Master of Crows by Grace Draven. I did find the name of the clans and some make-up noun intimidating and I have a hard time pronouncing (not that I read out loud) and keep track of the words. It would be handy if there is a glossary page for me. But all these is part of the charm of the book.

Our heroine Lourdes, is the eldest daughter of the Araneidae clan hea
Feb 05, 2016 Celestine rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Great fantasy novel. If you like Grace Draven's Master of Crows or Radiance, you might enjoy this book. Unique and complex world-building. Good characters with a sensuous vibe, but not too quick to rush to bed. I love when an author lets the attraction and romance simmer awhile.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Samhain
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Araneae Nation
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

While I admit that I probably would’ve fared better had I had a map of the clans or perhaps a glossary with my copy, I absolutely adored this story. Had it not been for the m
May 26, 2012 Yui rated it really liked it
It is a rare and marvelous day when I find a book that actually tread new grounds. Especially now when hundreds of Vampire, Angels, Witches, Demons, and Shifters variation are scatter all around the world of UF publishing. Once in a while you hit a fresh story but too weird to understand. But when I find a book so fresh and the writing beautifully executed I couldn't stop myself from overachieving and try to write a decent review to gush about it's awesomeness.
The only real problem I find here
Sep 12, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, magic, dragons
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lourdes becomes the new maven of the Araneidae clan after her parents are poisoned. Not only that but she also makes a deal to accept Rhys, a Mimetidae clansman, as her partisan aka husband to protect the safety of her clan.

As the main character, Lourdes has a strong sense of duty towards her clansmen and a loyalty to protect them and do whatever she must to save them. Her character attributes help her make the right de
May 02, 2012 delane rated it liked it
Well....Hmmm...I liked this. I really did. And I can't wait to hear what some more of ya'll think of it... (K! It's FANTASY! Let me know when ya read it!)
I think maybe it was just a bit to MUCH fantasy for me...I've gotta have a bit more of the Urban thrown in there...pure fantasy usually kind of makes me feel...I don't know...dumb I guess.
Confused-Sheltered-Her-Whole-Life-Female...CHECK! Although she did NOT annoy me. I liked her and felt for he
Apr 26, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it
Beautiful, sweet, exciting, fascinating.
I loved the unique world, characters, and its setting. They were all surprisingly easy to envision and become attached to.
This story was about a battle for survival between clans, with a sweet love story that is born from sacrifice, duty, and honor. I was rooting for Rhys and Lourdes ever since their first glimpses of each other in the midst of fierce conflict. However, nothing goes easy for these two, who are forced into a relationship and then expected
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
What a pleasant surprise! Intriguing plot & characters woven throughout this world - at times it is intense with danger & betrayal everywhere and at times, it's smoking hot with chemistry sizzling between the H/h. What a unique blend of fantasy & romance. Loved it.
Jun 05, 2013 Stephanie rated it did not like it
I gave up. The main character made absolutely no sense to me, she was supposed to an aggressive warrior and yet she was so wishy-washy with her brand new husband. The spider thing had me ick-ed out and I couldn't really figure out what these people were. Ugh. No thanks.
Tami (synchro from BL)
I don't feel the love... It has a nice story flow, but I have some problems with it.

Some of the plot construction seems clumsy and predictable to me (e.g. the sister/treason stuff/Rhys' big secret/the relationship development between Rhys and her etc.). I didn't like the "virgin till real marriage" line - that is a very typical m/f romance thing - over-used and expandable. Also the groom not being allowed to see her wedding dress before the ceremony.

Of the characters I liked Rhys best, but he al
Sophie Morgan
Jun 03, 2015 Sophie Morgan rated it it was amazing
Wow. I loved this book. Well-imagined with beautiful descriptions and amazing characters. I was sucked in immediately and I didn't want to put it down. Lourdes was a rich character, strong and capable though she didn't always flaunt it, and Rhys a sweet, sexy, man-of-few-words hero. The plot moved along well, and Edwards described the world in subtle layers so I never felt like going "Huh?" It is a completely new world so of course there's a bit of learning, but like I said not in a way that hit ...more
Apr 29, 2012 VampireNovelFan rated it liked it
More like 3.5. A Promising new series!

The new Araneae Nation series by Hailey Edwards kicks off with Lourdes, daughter of Araneidae clan leaders, running for her life from treacherous enemies that have poisoned her mother and father with plans to usurp power. Lourdes refuses to give up easily and she wants revenge, so she decides to ally with the venomous and cannibalistic Mimetidae clan through marrying their maven's mercenary warrior son. Rhys the Cold is this warrior, and he is committed to
I didn't really understand this book.

I mean, I got that it's part romance, part fantasy, part murder mystery...but what the hell were the characters? At first I thought they were just some sort of magic race, but then there was mention of fangs, and poison and silk spinning from their fingertips...are they some sort of spiders? Like, half-human, half-spiders? Not all of them can spin, but they all have silk spinners in their fingers...I just...I just don't know.

To be honest, I didn't pay too muc
Feb 21, 2013 Lulu rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This book was a tremendously pleasant surprise, having some of the most original world building I have read in years. This is more fantasy romance, no humans in sight, with a large cast of characters that inhabit Araneae Nation. They look human but have fangs (of varying degrees), venom (of varying degrees), spinnerets in their finger tips for weaving thread, a matriarchal society that live in underground caves or "nests", and, yes, there are those among them who battle their "flesh h ...more
Critique de Book
Apr 21, 2012 Critique de Book rated it really liked it
Title: A Hint of Frost
Author: Hailey Edwards
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 17, 2012)
Available: $3.85 at Samhain Publishing
Rating: 4 stars
Rater: Lesleigh

For a novel with such a chill throughout, the author’s lush writing provides an especially warm and welcome counterpoint. I found myself lulled by her rhythmic use of sentences, some long and textured and other short and sparse. Readers who enjoy minimalist writing with few descriptors would do better looking elsewhere for a
Jun 01, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
As someone with arachnophobic tendencies, I was kind of expecting to be creeped out by a book about spider-people, but not so much. They mostly seemed to be web-spinning, sharp-toothed humans.

The thing that gave me a hard time with this book is that the tone starts off very grim and scary and hints at kink. But by the end it seemed sweet and earnest. I mean, ok I guess, but I was a little confused by the author's intentions.

I also thought it was kind of odd that the heroine was described as fie
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 03, 2014 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasyromance
Interesting world, even if I would have liked more explanations. What I did learn is that there are many clans. Some richer, some poorer, doing different things in life. And they are well, human spiders. They can spin, they have venom some of them too. Spider people, cool.

Right, the book starts with battle. The rich clan's guardians attacked and killed a lot. Lourdes, our heroine marries Rhys (from the cannibal clan) so they will have new guardians. I never did get why they fell in love, for it'
Wow. Despite the fact that I obviously thought this looked good from the descriptions, it really surprised me too. I thought both the MC's were very well developed. And Rhys was super hot in his small little gestures and kindnesses. Lourdes was strong, and while it's hard for us a lot of times to accept arranged marriages, she accepted her duty without doubt because it needed to be done. Really interesting world. Really quick read, although at 60 pages in I already felt like I had read a full-le ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Travelling book chosen by namita.
A Hint of Frost begins in the middle of a coup attempt and follows the eldest sibling as she takes on the role of Maven (ruler) of her clan. Lourdes becomes Maven after the murder of her parents and must safeguard her people while seeking justice for their deaths. Lourdes' clan is wealthy and nonviolent so they had a protection agreement with a warlike clan from the south, the Theridiiae. However, the Theridiiae wanted the Araneidae's wealth and staged a coup attempt. The reasons for this are in ...more
3 stars

A Hint of Frost is a first book of Araneae Nation series and also my first foray into Hailey Edwards's work. The premise and the worldbuilding is interesting. Often we encounter people with magic system (wizard, witch, etc) or people that can shift into carnivorous animal and/or have the ability of said animals. The people of Araneae nation is spider people. Naw, not that they turn into spiders because it will make my skin crawl. But their ability, culture and society hierarchy is more li
I was taken in by the summery of this, but I never thought I'd enjoy it as much as I did. Instantly, I fell in love with the world, and Lourdes. She's not your everyday protagonist, and I really enjoyed that about her. She has that "kick-ass" vibe to her. My favorite character is easily Rhys. I fell in love with him upon introduction.
Easily the best thing about this book, and I noticed this from word one, is the writing. Ms.Edwards does a spectacular way of taking words and creating magic. Plot
There were some aspects I liked. It's an imaginative fantasy world, though the world building is on the clunky side and kind of confusing. I got confused a few times about who was who. I liked the idea of a (view spoiler)

I did find the hero/heroine dynamics could be a little alpha controlling with feisty heroine who's feistiness is more about show. I tend to get a b
Mar 25, 2016 Bec rated it really liked it
A Hint of Frost starts right in the middle of a community under attack. This is a community that does not use violence and to their horror are being attacked by their own protectors. Mc Lourdes is willing to risk it all and do what it takes to save as many of her clan as possible. Even if that means making a deal with another clan that is less than ideal; the fact that the other clan has cannibalistic tendencies does not help.

The Araneidae clan is a clan of humanoid spider hybrids. It seems like
4 1/2 stars to an awesome voice of a new author I just discovered last night! Love it when that happens.

"A Hint of Frost" is fantasy romance, heavy on the fantasy and especially the world-building. Edwards does a tremendous job in weaving, literally, a fantasy world richly detailed with a unique race of spider-like people who people the Araneae nation. Divided into clans of shifting alliances, they remind me a little of the Drow of the Forgotten Realms universe, except they have spinners, venom
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“Forgive me, Old One." Vaughn stifled a yawn. "Is there a point to this bedtime story?"

Rhys picked up the fork from Vaughn's plate and drove it into his brother's thigh. "There. I've made four points for him.”
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