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(Her Pitiless Command #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Winterglass is a sci-fantasy about one womans love for her homeland (Sirapirat) and her determination to defeat the Winter Queen who has overtaken the land.

The city-state Sirapirat once knew only warmth and monsoon. When the Winter Queen conquered it, she remade the land in her image, turning Sirapirat into a country of snow and unending frost. But an empire is not her
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Apex Book Company
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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
One day you will fire all that you are, like a bullet, into the heart of the winter queen.

Even though I was really intrigued after reading the description, Sadly I DNFd it at 44%.
Im not able to really give you a proper review, so Ill give you this:
The story has
✅ a queen made of armor and ice which loves her female general
✅ a badass main character who does not care if her lover is female or male
✅ a competition to become a lieutenant of the queen and be trained by the general
✅ people who
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When we read stories, we are driven by a desire for closure, but we also long to have our satisfaction deferred until it is earned. We feel cheated if closure comes too soon, so the success of any story depends on keeping us in a protracted state of suspense as much as releasing that tension in a gratifying way. These contradictory impulses a desire for the end and for making the end desirable were dubbed textual erotics by the literary theorist Peter Brooks, a term that applies in both a ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

DNF @79%

I didnt really like this and even though I DNFd it around 80% I marked it as read because I could have just as easily kept skim reading until the end and it would have made no difference.

I wasnt interested in the romance or in the world building but honestly the writing was what ruined this for me completely.

Im not someone who complains about writing style a lot,
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an appropriate book to finish out my year and my reading challenge for 2017.
Winterglass is a beautifully written story...

It is beautiful at first, snow, Mother would say, until is erases and turns all you know into a copy of itself. Soon you no longer recall a time without; soon you forget warmth and buffaloes dozing by the riverbank. Soon, you remember only what it wants you to remember.

First and foremost, I loved the diversity in this book, LBGTQ forward in a totally normative
Lex Kent
3 1/2 Stars. This is high fantasy with steampunk like elements. It is a loose retelling of the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Due to the length, I guess you would consider this a novella, but I didnt even realize that while reading. Considering all the world building that was needed, there was a lot packed into this story in such a short time.

There was a lot of LGBT representation in this book which I liked. Lesbian characters, transgendered, gender-fluid, and there was no issues,
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Your mind is a weapon, Nuawa, and we shall nurture it in the absence of fear. One day you will fire all that you are, like a bullet, into the heart of the Winter Queen.

3.75 stars.

This is one of the most unique retellings I've ever read. Drawing on elements of the Snow Queen fairytale, Winterglass is an intriguing and action-packed story set in a steampunk Asian fantasy setting. All the characters are queer and/or POC, and heteronormativity and cisnormativity do! not!! exist!!! The gender,
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I need to add a little snippet to this before I completely forget. Complete review some time in early October.

Completely gorgeous prose, typical for Sriduangkaew's work at this point. Unapologetically queer. Women living their best and worst lives. Is it sci-fi, is it fantasy? Who cares, it's perfect.

**11/6/17: I first read this almost 2 months ago and it's still ENTIRELY FRESH in my mind, always a great sign. Winterglass seamlessly blurs the lines between sci-fi and fantasy, which I love if
Tracey Callison
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: aoc
[edit: oh my god, I did not realize that this author was Requires Hate, the horrible abusive racist troll/harasser. I regret giving them any of my money and wont be any more. ]

Just as youre really getting into it, *record screech* its please deposit coin to continue, ie its a novel that is being put out in pieces, not a stand alone story at all. Im really getting tired of that trend and Im not inclined to encourage it.
(Murderbot I love you but you should not have been four hardcover books at
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 60%

I loved the diversity in this story, but the writing wasnt for me. Maybe if it was a full book and had time for more explanations of the world and events, but as it stands, theres too much info crammed into too small of a space for me to connect with it.
Tyler J Gray
My full review and more also on my blog!

Actual Rating: 3.25

This story is beautifully written. A queer retelling of the snow queen. It has fantasy, sci-fi and steampunk elements. Interesting and tough characters that I did like reading about. The world-building was beautiful too.

Fantasy sometimes goes over my head as it did here. I would have liked a bit more explanation and in-depth but I don't think it's a story fault. I think it's more so me being easily confused and not well versed in fantasy
I absolutely adored this, it's one of my favourite reads of 2017 and has so much re-reading potential I'm already looking forward to reading this again

Might write a proper review in the future!
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Galley provided by publisher

I am angry at this book. Angry because that's not an ending. Angry because there's throwing you straight into a world, but then there's lazy worldbuilding. Angry because of the lazy characterisation and lazy relationship development. But mostly angry because I put up with all that in the hopes that I'd get a satisfying ending and I didn't.

(But Charlotte, you say. Life often doesn't have satisfying endings. Yeah, but this ain't life, is it. This is fiction, and I would
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF at 28%

I had no idea what was going on. NONE. The writing style is weird and we are just thrown into this world with no explanation of anything.
It has a lovely cover with a fantastic queer world but it was putting me on a slump.
I loved the atmosphere and the slow pace. I couldn't quite picture the world, there weren't enough details about it but the imagery and descriptive prose created an atmosphere, a feeling, so strong it almost didn't matter to me. I'm left with lasting impressions of an icy, powerful queen and a beautiful, cold world here you have to be ruthless to survive.

Winterglass meshes sci-fi and fantasy - I'd say it's sci-fi at the core but it's based on a retelling of Snow White and the fantasy feel is
I am really not certain how to review this book - it's unlike anything I've ever read before. The setting blurs the lines between sci-fi and fantasy in some really interesting and unusual ways, which kept me off-balance as I read. The world building is intricate, and lovingly conceived, but since you are thrown into the deep end and very little is ever explained it, again, left me feeling off-balance. It's a very slippery little book.

The writing is artful and lovely, and the imagery is striking
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Winterglass is the first book of the year that I have given 1 Star. So congratulations on that. I wasn't sure what I was going into when I picked it up, but my hopes weren't especially high because it's so thin. But I was not expecting the confusing/ boring/ uneventfulstory. Because there was only 114 pages I found that the more exciting parts of the book fell flat with no emotion or tension. There was too much description on matters that weren't important, while others which are INSANELY more ...more
Benjamin Appleby-Dean
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy
My first impressions of this book were very positive - Sriduangkaew has a knack for description and vivid prose, and her world-building is creative, original and intriguing. Her book is also unapologetically, matter-of-factly queer, which I appreciated.
Both main characters are complex and well-drawn, although some readers might find neither of them especially sympathetic (though this wasn't a problem for me) - there's an (appropriate!) lack of human warmth here. The ambiguious dance of their
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stupendous: meticulous and beautiful prose scaffolds this dense and rewarding novella. Perhaps some of the finest prose in contemporary SFF, each sentence is its own reward. Yet WINTERGLASS is also a complex political tale, one withholding of easy answers. In conversation with the long history of orientalism in SFF and still of its own making. Wonderful read. Highly recommend.
Nov 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
Looking fw to this one, as I totally loved The Snow Queen as a child.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the world building & the queer characters (so many non-binary characters, plus a lesbian lead). However, I was a little let down by the ending. I hope that there will be a sequel novella one day.
Sophie Ligaya dela Cruz
Maybe I just dont have enough brain cells to understand this book properly (there are no wrinkles up in my cranium, yo. Up there, its as smooth as the rolling sea), but I must say: Winterglass was rather difficult to dig through! (A full review will be posted on my blog,!) ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is some irony in "Winterglass" feeling like, of all things, a warm bath.

This retelling of "The Snow Queen" takes such care to describe in exquisite (yet never florid) detail the land of Sirapirat, from its architecture to its fruits to the clothes on its people's backs, that the experience of visiting Sriduangkaew's world is a sensuous one indeed. Lovers of captivating and succinct worldbuilding should find plenty to love here.

Main character Nuawa, a master duelist and extreme trauma
Full review posted here.

Thanks to Apex Book Company and Netgalley for the ARC to review.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I struggled with it for the first thirty pages as I acclimated to the setting and the style of writing, but then I found myself invested in both main characters. I knew they would likely end up working against each other and I wanted to see what would happen, especially as their relationships developed. The descriptive prose blew me away, and I loved that the story was set in a
Lara Corona
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Entirely amazing. Read it for the gorgeous prose, for the excellent world-building, for the original retelling of the Snow Queen story, for the queerness (yay! non-binary representation). Just read it.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is mysterious and the writing is beautiful. However, I didn't care for the characters. They are so ruthless. This book just wasn't really for me.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
The author attacked rape victims. No amount of beautiful writing can redeem that
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Elle Maruska
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wavered between a three and four star rating but ultimately went with four because this book is beautifully written with intriguing characters, innovative magic systems, political intrigue, and lots of queer people kissing.

I think my biggest issues were mostly with the abrupt ending but I suppose that can 100% be forgiven, especially if there will be more books in this series. I also felt the tournament aspect of the book was unnecessary; none of the characters even seemed to care about it
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Look at the one star brigades that showed up the day of Cathy Young's reactionary hit piece on the author of this beautiful novella. Kind of obvious, too, with "Igor" calling the book "mediocre". I really don't get this desire to brigade authors for some sort of imaginary cause. Read the bloody book and stop paying attention to that bullshit discourse. And now with Young attacking Sriduangkaew it should be clear that these brigaders are on the wrong side of history.

Book is amazing, beautifully
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I will always and forever be a fan when you got a diverse queer as hell cast. Not just that. A diverse queer as hell society. When the writing doesnt feel the need to explain and nitpick into the queer relationships and genders; they just ARE.

To incredibly simplify it: lesbian swords and guns. And really it only gets better and more diverse from there.
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