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Ice Will Reveal (The Time of Turning Back #1)

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Orphaned siblings Jarrod and Whisper Thornn grew up as “mercy kids” at the powerful Holy Temple of the One Goddess. Devout, law-abiding Jarrod became a loyal Temple Guardian, whereas restless, unscrupulous Whisper escaped to an apprenticeship with a rich thief as soon as she came of age. For years, they have barely seen or needed each other.

Then, Whisper accepts a dangerou
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Paperback, 309 pages
Published November 29th 2012 by Hadley Rille Books (first published November 23rd 2012)
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Casey Blair
Loved this. The characters were compelling, all with different priorities and beliefs that made complete sense from their perspectives. I loved Whisper and Jarrod's relationship in particular. I tend to be suspicious of books that hang on prophecy as a major plot element, but this one has a really clever take on the interpretation and perception of prophecy, gods, and magic. I love the contrast of utter conviction and uncertainty characters feel about the foretold. Some parts of this book are hi ...more
Adr_enne
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Classic epic fantasy with a modern sensibility regarding the abilities of women, which made it all the more interesting.
Lindsey Duncan
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-fantasy
This is an intriguing fantasy novel of destiny, intrigue and what it means to be chosen ... and if that all sounds a bit familiar, the story makes it into a strength. Fantasy readers are intimately acquainted with these ideas, and "Ice Will Reveal" does an excellent job both in examining them and in playing off our expectations. This is a book that takes familiar ground and makes it new. The use of religion is also particularly vivid - we're left wondering, just as the characters might be, which ...more
Brian Palmer
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's fantasy that strongly reminds me of the Dragon Age video game series. Magic is badly understood and had strong costs for those who use it; there are alien races who hang about meddling with it, and a lot of humans with conflicting ambitions. Mixed up in this are politics and religion (the dominant religion of the area worships a Goddess who in years past had actively struck down enemies of the state).

A number of other reviewers have highlighted that this features strong female characters. I
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Karin Gastreich
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel will appeal to fans of quest fantasy, especially those who like to see woman characters take on traditional quest fantasy roles. The story is grounded in prophecy and religious devotion to the Goddess, to whom mortals look for guidance in their efforts to contain an encroaching evil called the Blight. Whisper, co-protagonist along with her brother Jarrod, carries most of the show with her spirit, humor, and practical cynicism. Jarrod's religious conviction and all-around unfailing Goo ...more
Heather
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As grand fantasies go, this one is full of things I love: smart, often kick-ass women; interesting politics; weird magic; strange folks who are probably bad but not exactly, specifically villainous; and of course, the undead. The writing is excellent, the story is adeptly-told and well-paced. My only beef is that I wanted to know what happened to everyone! But we'll have to wait for the sequel for that, I suppose.
Kim Vandervort
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut fantasy with plenty of twists and turns, beginning with the main characters: brother and sister, as different as night and day, both essential to the plot. With strong characters that defy stereotypes and themes that delve into questions of fate and chance, Dvorin's Ice will encourage re-readings and keep fans waiting breathlessly for the next installment.
Cheryl
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Solid fantasy book. I have some criticisms, but I'm eager to read the sequel (whenever it finally gets written!) so you know I enjoyed it overall!
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First in what promises to be an original fantasy with a bit of a twist on prophecy stories.
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