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Crown of Ice

(The Mirror of Immortality #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  834 ratings  ·  142 reviews

The revised, second edition is here:

Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact
Paperback, 242 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Month9Books, LLC
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Vicki Weavil It is out now! It was published in Sept. 2014. However, there will probably be a new edition published in the future, as it will no longer be publishe…moreIt is out now! It was published in Sept. 2014. However, there will probably be a new edition published in the future, as it will no longer be published by Month9Books after August 2016.(less)
Vicki Weavil It can be read as a stand alone, but there will be two more books in the series -- companion novels. (They each have a different protagonist, but they…moreIt can be read as a stand alone, but there will be two more books in the series -- companion novels. (They each have a different protagonist, but they do include characters from CROWN OF ICE).(less)

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Always Pouting
Mael Voss, a mage, has put a curse on Thyra Winther making her the snow queen. Thyra has until her eighteenth birthday to resemble a mirror for Voss or she'll become a wraith and live in a limbo for eternity like the other girls who had been cursed before her. Thyra is getting closer using her skills at math but she needs more help and decides to lure a village boy named Kai who's math skills can help her finish the mirror in time. Unfortunately when Kai is gone without telling anyone his family ...more
Cristina Monica
*2.5 stars*

I had such high hopes for this one. If you’re a lover of fairy tale retellings, the Snow Queen's original tale or simply the Disney movie Frozen, I bet you’re pretty curious about this one, aren’t you? Sadly, it was a disappointment for me.

The Snow Queen as a main character was pretty entertaining, that’s for sure. She is eerie, cold and cruel sometimes, I admit.


And, yes, she is pitiless and doesn’t know what love means but, between us, how often do we read stories with such main char
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc, young-adult
That was pretty awful. Like, unbelievably so. I usually try to find something positive to say about the books I read, but this I honestly did not enjoy one bit. It kind of hypnotized me with how absolutely awful I thought it was.

This a young adult retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen, told from the perspective of the queen, 17-year-old Thyra Winther (yes, really). She was changed into the Snow Queen by an evil sorcerer, mael Voss, and has until her 18th birthday to fix a shattered
Tomoe Hotaru
Sep 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
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No disrespect, but this book was so boring I actually lost my temper reading it. Why? Well mainly because it was filled with all talk, talk, talk, talk.

She meets a powerful foe, and they end up yap-yap-a-yapping. She meets bandits who has a piece of the puzzle that she must take from them; they go chat-chat-a-chatting. Oh no the evil mage has returned to the palace, and God forbid! he subjects us to another blah-blah-a-blabbing.
Basically, this entire book was not only that cartoo
I have a weak spot for fairy tale retellings, especially when they promise to add something new to the story. Crown of Ice gives an unique twist to the Snow Queen, fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, because it is told from different point of view. We have an honor to listen to the story from the lips of the Snow Queen herself. You know, I always imagined her like a tall, cold, serious woman. So imagine my surprise when at the beginning of Crown of Ice she starts with:
"My name is T
Jun 25, 2014 marked it as to-read
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Crown of Ice, is a luscious and fantastical retelling of the Snow Queen. In this version, a master mage wizard named Mael Voss conjured the winds and started the avalanche that killed Thyra Winther parents, leaving her orphaned, but he spared her for a purpose. He wants Thrya to be -what many were before her- his Snow Queen, but her magical existence comes at a price, for Voss demands each of his Queens to piece back a magical mirror before her eighteenth birthday.With only five months left, Thy ...more
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
“The last piece. I must place it. Give it to me.”

I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First; I do like the cover of this new edition. A lot better than the first one.

However, the story was quite a let down. The Snow Queen is probably my favorite H C Andersen fairy tale and I'm one of those people who wasn't completely enamored by Frozen because it was not the retelling I wanted. Don't get me wrong; I liked Frozen, but I can't see it as a retelling of this fairy tale
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
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As a kid I really was fortunate enough to get and read many of H. C. Anderson's fairy tales. I loved them and had a nice collection of them. But somehow "The Snow Queen" was never among them and it wasn't before Frozen exploded worldwide that I have heard of this tale. Now with Crown of Ice I think I've got to understand it better.

The first thing I noticed while reading Crown of Ice was how much it stick to the real story. There were a lot of new elements, w
Nasty Lady MJ
Sep 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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You’d think with the success of Frozen that there’d be more YA Snow Queen retellings. But Crown of Ice was only one of the only few that I’ve seen.

That being said.

I didn’t finish it.

Really, this has not been my week with books. It’s like everything that looks good ends of sucking.

Why I should’ve loved this plot?

There’s so many reason The Snow Queen, anti-herorines, quests, but none of them were successfully used by this book. And to be honest, this makes me sad.

I th
Heather A
DNFing at 28%. This was just awful. I just did not like it one little bit. I didn't like it from the start, I particularly disliked the main character. While books from the bad guy's point of view are always interesting to me...this one was not. I hated her tone, her personality. I frankly wanted to slap her.

It drove me up the wall how often she kept saying to herself whenever she started to feel emotion or anything "nope, not going to feel it. Not going to give into this. Let it go." (Other th
Jun 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

why do i keep reading this crap!
Sophie Elaina
I was very intrigued by the concept of this book as soon as I read about it, I just loved the idea of a Snow Queen retelling. To begin with I really wasn't enjoying the way in which it was written and I didn't connect or sympathise with the characters at all. The main character whom the story is centred around is Thyra Winther (The Snow Queen) and the plot follows her in her task to fix a mirror which would enable her to become the immortal Snow Queen or if she fails become a wraith to which she ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

CROWN OF ICE offers so much more than just the tale of The Snow Queen with a change of perspective. A solid YA adventure with teenagers who learn so much about themselves, and each other. Even the expected happily ever after offers believable surprises that underscore the maturity and independence they each have gained.

The heroine of of CROWN OF ICE is an sympathetic villain, and the author does a fantastic job balancing both sides of that dichotomy. T
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Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

Actual Ratings 3.5 STARS

Crown of Ice is a retelling of the classic Snow Queen tale that is told from the pov of the Snow Queen herself, Thyra Winther.

As a young child, after her parents death she was taken by Voss; a powerful and cunning wizard, and turned into the Queen of Winter so she could complete the mirror to bestow upon him immortality. And if not then she would fall pray to the curse of being a wraith, like many before her.

To complete this talk she gets the help of Kai
Apr 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
Holy fuck and all other things holy. My favorite fairytale's retelling? Give. Me. Now. Lol, I was just about to buy it, until I saw the publication date. The cover is least now I have something to look forward for
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing re-telling of The Snow Queen!!!! I can't wait for everyone to read it :D
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Usually, when I read fantasy (especially YA fantasy) novels based on fairy tales, they don't turn out to be very good. "Crown of Ice" is the exception.

Thyra Winther is orphaned as a young child and raised by an unloving foster mother until she is taken by the ruthless wizard Voss. He turns her into the latest incarnation of the Snow Queen, and gives her a mission - reconstruct a magical mirror by her 18th birthday or turn into a wraith just like prede
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
3.5 stars

An inspired retelling of the snow queen. The beginning is quite slow and did drag a bit, but once the magical components were expanded I really wanted to know what would happen next.

What I liked
- Thyra is scrupulous and determined enough that she will do whatever needs to be done to obtain her goal. She really does have a heart made of ice, badass heroine to the core!
- She is not a damsel, her life is in her own hands.
- The story line flows well and I was invested in the plot. Will she
Michelle Hauck
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Some of the things I enjoyed about this retelling of a Hans Christian Anderson story. I love the amazing cover of Crown of Ice. It really represents The Snow Queen for me.

The author did a magnificent job with the character arc of Thyra Winther. Thyra undergoes a gradual change as she attempts to repair the shattered mirror to keep herself from being turned into a wraith on her eighteenth birthday. Her cold heart begins to melt when she enlists the help of Kai and is saddle with Kai's friend Ger
Jun 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this took me ages to finish for such a short book, and I only did it because I skimmed during the second half of the story.
Crown of Ice is a retelling of The Snow Queen, pretty faithful to the original story (as far as my memory can tell) only adding some new elements to make it more interesting. The problem is, as a whole it's boring. 50% of the book is filler dialogue that doesn't add anything to the plot, to character development or anything. There were some major plot inconsistencies al
Melanie Page
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Crown of Ice (Month9Books, 2014) by Vicki L. Weavil is a retelling of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. Crown of Ice is told from the point of view of the Snow Queen, a miss Thyra Winther. In this retelling, we learn that the infamous mirror is indeed scattered in shards, not specks. Whomever is Snow Queen must finish reassembling the mirror by her 18th birthday or be turned into a wraith. Snow Queens are chosen by Mael Voss, a wizard, who bestows a new Snow Queen with wintery powers ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
DNF - 35%

I hate to not finish books but I honestly couldn't handle another I this, I that, you this, you that sentence. And that's all there was in this book!

This is a cute little story of a Snow Queen trying to save herself by putting together a magical mirror that was once broken. It's obvious there are twists, world building, magic and more characters to come in this first book of a series; but I just couldn't handle the writing style any longer. Not only is it juvenile but extremely repeti
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
''This is not an easy story to get into, though it is narrator in the first person there’s quite literally a wall of ice between the reader and the main character – and you know I’m not crazy for impersonal books (my opinion you may feel differently). It’s expertly done, since the Snow Queen is as cold as ice and does not feel but made my reading hard all the same.

Character development in this book is extraordinary, no character finishes in the same way it starts. Thyra comes a long way from an
Nora McKinney
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very pleasant and positive teenage fantasy, with a strong heroine who loves math, and emphasis on all the correct points: competence, love, morality, and a little bit of realism for good measure. The beauty of the heroine is never emphasized, only her skills, her brain, her determination. This is so refreshing: a heroine who is exulted for her talents and not for her appearance.

I'm sure I'd have loved it as a 15-year-old. My adult brain had to employ suspension of disbelief at some points, but d
*An ARC was provided by Month9Books in exchange for an honest review*

Crown of Ice is a book that I simply had to read, despite not being familiar with it's source of inspiration: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. And here's why: the synopsis described the main character, Thyra Winter as 'scheming' and 'unencumbered by kindness'. Those are definitely not the usual adjectives used to describe female protagonists - especially in YA. The blurb goes on to say that Thyra is logical and a gift
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-2014-read
This was a very pleasant surprise. The writing is reminiscent of the style of the fairy tale it takes its inspiration from, and the characters are nuanced and refreshingly real and solid. Thyra especially is a wonderful heroine to read as she is unapologetically calculating, cold, and selfish. Her character arc is simply lovely because while there is change, while she does grow and learn, she never loses the intrinsic core of herself.

The supporting characters are also wonderfully incorporated in
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'Crown of Ice' is a mesmerizing reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale, "The Snow Queen." The story follows Thyra Winther, who was orphaned when she was a young girl and later taken away by a sorcerer to become the Snow Queen. Thyra's beautiful, immortal, and can do magic. But there's one catch - she must finish reconstructing a special mirror before her eighteenth birthday. If she fails, she will be doomed to wander the halls of the palace as a mere wraith. Knowing her bir
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Crown of Ice was a spectacular retelling of The Snow Queen. Although, the basics were similar, it contained much original ideas that I utterly enjoyed.

My favorite thing in the book was definitely Thyra Winther. When she is young, she and her parents get into a blizzard. She survives, however, her mother and father are buried in the snow. Hence, she
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this story, from beginning to almost the end. I will admit that the end ticked me off. Not enough to ruin the story for me but it took off a half star for me. I wish that it at least had an epilogue with only that question and the answer... If you have read it, you now what I am talking about.

This book was fantastic, and so different from anything that I have ever read. I loved every single page of this book, and I very much look forward to whatever comes next from this amazing a
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“How about a little teaser from CROWN OF ICE?

Thyra Winther, the current Snow Queen speaks about her "home":

At night the palace’s crystal halls are tinged sapphire. One of the first bits of magic that Voss taught me was to set the carved walls alight so that I’m not forced to walk the halls in darkness. I conjure a cold light that glows within the thick walls without melting the ice. I mastered this trick quickly once I knew what those shadows held. If I leave an area in darkness, they come—the girls who reigned as Snow Queen before me.
“I must find it.” Their hollow words wind about me like a shroud. “The last piece. I must place it. Give it to me.”
“My parents lie somewhere beneath the snow, buried with my mortal life.” 1 likes
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