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Of Ice and Snow (Fairy Queens 0.5)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  229 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
"A captivating series!" -Jennifer A. Nielsen, author, The False Prince

Otec thought destiny forgot him. The middle child of the clanchief, Otec is the overlooked son in an overflowing house. He dreams of escape and adventure, so when a mysterious stranger offers both, he doesn't need persuading. But when his faraway village comes under attack, Otec will do anything to save
Paperback, 158 pages
Published July 8th 2016 by Starling Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Amber Argyle
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
From the first page:
Pushing aside the thick brush, Otec eased into the shadows of the ancient forest. Branches scratched at him like a witch’s fingernails. He tried to ignore the itch that always started under his skin when he found himself in a space that was too tight. Soon, midday had darkened to twilight under the impenetrable fortress of leaves.
“Where’s the lamb, Freckles?” Otec asked his dog. “Go get her, girl.”
Freckles perked her ears and sniffed the air. They hadn’t gone more than a hal
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
I would like to thank the author, Amber Argyle, for providing me with an electronic copy to review. Right off the bat, I am drawn to the book because of the breathtaking cover art. Striking and haunting at the same time, this cover is mesmerizing and helps to set the mood. Bringing readers back to Ilyenna's parents at their first meeting, Otec and Matka are drawn together under circumstances that neither of them can control. Of Ice and Snow features a fast moving plot with movie worthy fight sce ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great prequel novella in the Fairy Queens series! I did not fall as much in love with this as with the Of Fire and Ash novella, but it's still very, very good. I really do love this series. A lot.


Of Ice and Snow is the prequel novella to Winter Queen, the first book in the Fairy Queens series, and it tells the story of Ilyenna's parents, Otec and Matka. I haven't actually read Winter Queen yet, but that did not stop me from loving Of Ice and Snow. In other words - you can read t
Sara Burr
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
3.5 Stars

Of Ice and Snow focuses on the story of Illeyena's (main character of Winter Queen) parents Otec and Matka, and how they were brought together. While this is not my favorite of Amber's books, it is definitely a great little edition to the series.

Otec who we know as a leader of a clan in Winter Queen, is a young man who tends to the sheep of his clan and wanders the wilderness around the village. He is the unimportant son and we come to know him as a man who is insecure around other peop
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Amber Argyle for giving me this book to review. Of Ice and Snow is part of Daring Hearts compilation, I have not read the rest yet but I hope to soon.

Otec has always been the overlooked son of an overflowing house. When a young woman, Matka, one of the highmen staying in his village, wants to look for a plant, he is happy to help. When he is away, his home is attacked he must find a way to save his family but can he trust Matka as he is not sure if she is friend or foe. Is Otec willing
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been enjoying the Fairy Queen series. This one is about Ilyenna's parents the main character of the first book. Since this is a prequel, you don't even need to know that fact if you haven't read the other books. She doesn't make an appearance in this book, but it is nice to keep in mind for those that have read the series.

I really liked Otec and Matka the main characters. There is a lot of growth for both characters in such a short book. The book is also packed with action and war. The fae
Ashley Martinez
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to what looks to be an exciting series. I can't wait to read the other books in the series to see what happens. The story was paced well and I loved the action. In the beginning, it was a little hard for me to get into but once I did I was hooked. I also enjoyed the two main characters Otec and Matka.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has the potential to turn into an interesting story, but it isn't there yet. The primary issue is that everything is rushed. We have no time to get to know the characters, only what they think of themselves - we need the chance to see it for ourselves. A person can tell you a hundred times that they are kind, soft-spoken, anxious around strangers, etc, but if in the first few chapters, all you see is them picking a fight with a stranger and hitting on the man's sister, you are not incl ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourth son of a clan leader, Otec is often overlooked by those in his village, and he prefers to spend his time tending sheep in the mountains and whittling wooden figures for the village children. Returning to the village as winter approaches, Otec discovers that all the men have left to fight the Raiders; and the village is full of strangers taking refuge. To pass the time and earn some money, he agrees to take Matka, one of the visitors, to the mountains in search of a rare flower. On their s ...more
Joanne Hampton
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting storyline good characters. Otec, a clan chieftain who didn't want to be chief. Bringing people together to keep the monster invaders away, but all went array with lots of fighting and killing while losing many members of the clan. Will they win? Good book. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than Expwxted

I had low expectations for this book, but it was a surprisingly quick, fun, light, easy read. Although it is definitely more simplistic than other books in this genre, the quick and easy reading was a nice change. I am looking forward to reading more of this series and author.
Pat Raab
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From shepherd and whittler to leading an army against the Raiders - Otec has to take on a responsibility he never expected or wanted. And he is mesmerised by a beautiful stranger who is not what she appears to be. And they both make bargains with fae that they hope never to have to fulfill ... An engrossing tale.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read and I enjoy reading stories of fairies, elves and supernatural beings. This novella has lots of action and adventure and a little bit of romance thrown in. Definitely a page turner and although I do prefer full length stories I will be reading more in this series.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The strong

Great story line and characters faithful to life in their strengths, weaknesses and insecurities. Aclear picture of how one builds character through ones actions
Dana Wood
Didn’t resonate with me. The fairies seemed hardly like fairies at all. And the clansman was just a pawn who never seemed to step into the hero of the book. Wanted to like it but yawn.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Takiyah Dudley
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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a very well written story. intriguing characters with a similar storyline buggy engaging.
I liked the general story once things got going. However, it took several chapters to get the story moving. I am still interested enough in the story to read further in the series, so that's a plus.
Liz H {Redd's Reads}
A good start to the series. I'm not a big fan of stories that focus on war and fighting, and that was the majority of this book, but I will keep reading!

I could not put this book down! Amber Argyle is an amazing story teller. If you like fantasy I highly recommend!!!
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"You are my light," he continued. "Without you, the darkness would swallow me whole. I will not give you up. I will not allow anything else to be taken from me."

Sometimes, I'm not sure if I should read a prequel of a series first, or after I start getting into the series. But it worked out fine to read this first. (I mean...that's why it's a prequel, right?)

This novella was packed full of action and was nicely written. And that COVER!!! *drools*

Actually, ALL of the covers in this series are a
Lennie McDonald
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow just wow - wonderful book that was fun to read. Found it very fast paced and it definitely holds your attention from the start. The interaction between Otec an Matka as they face heartbreak, hope and loss is fantastic. Hope Otec's little sister has a story of her own - was heartbreaking to see her disapear in Storm's boat.
Ashley Ferguson
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club!

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I'm a huge fan of Amber's Fairy Queen series - it's dark and gritty, but also full of beautiful world-building, memorable (and sometimes terrifying) characters, and even a few glimpses of hope and light through the horrors of war. I also really love novellas that reveal the background of more minor characters, so I knew I had to read this story as soon as I heard the Ambe
This is the prequel to Winter Queen and tells the story of Ilyenna's parents, Otec and Matka. Otec feels like he is overlooked by his family, and is simply a farmer, while all his brothers go to war to protect their home. When he comes back from the mountains with his flock, he meets Matka. She asks him to take her to the mountains in search for a rare flower. He agrees, but on their second day gone, Matka notices smoke coming from Otecs village. They see that his village has been attacked. Otec ...more
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Otec had a pretty good life. Being the middle child of the Clan Chief, nothing was expected of him. He spent his summers in the mountains with the sheep only returning for the winter. This year was the turning point in his life.

Upon returning to the village, he found all the men had gone to fight the Raiders near the coast. Hundreds of Highmen from Svassheim was camped at the east end of the village. Matka was unlike any woman he had ever met before. She is small yet strong, beautiful and creat
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short read that sucked me in. I sympathized with Otec instantly. He just wanted to do carpentery but the world wanted him to step and be in charge. Fortunately he had it in him. Since I read winter queen I knew this would be a somber read. It was still sad to see otec arriving too late to rescue his sisters from slavery. Matka was such a good foil to him. He was the naive young man who thought everything would work out in the end. Matka on the otherhand was outcast embittered by a father who o ...more
Lene Blackthorn
Surprisingly good novelette describes the story of clanman Otec, overlooked middle son of the clan chief, and his adventurous journey with foreign priestess Matka. Finding themselves in the middle of war, each of them must face own problems and make hard decisions, shaping them into completely new features. Shy, awkward Otec lacking any self-confidence slowly turns into fair and decisive leader, while Matka faces even harder dilemma. Love and betrayal on the background of the fight for survival ...more
Deborah Andreasen
Otec was never meant to lead. He's awkward and shy. Otec is a throw away soon. He's content to live his summers chasing lambs through the mountains, and hunkering down in the winters with his family, transforming wood into beautiful carved animals. No one sees the details and beauty in the world like he does. No one, except for Matka. The brave and haunted woman the traveling highmen have brought to their borders. Their first encounter trips a series of horrific events that change everything Ort ...more
Dee Maglio-Hart
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In of Ice and Snow we meet Otec and Matka, he is the middles son of a large clan family in the town of Schye. Matka is in Schye as a part of a group of travelers seeking protection from raiders. Otec and Matka are sent into the mountains by Matkas leader to retrieve a specific healing flower. While there Schye is attacked within by the travelers whom are actually raiders from the country of Idara. Otec discovers that Matka is also a Raider and a warrior. The attack sets off a war across the Clan ...more
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