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Of Ice and Shadows

(Of Fire and Stars #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,308 ratings  ·  212 reviews
The long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed YA fantasy Of Fire and Stars! Mare and Denna travel to a new and dangerous kingdom where Denna will be trained to tame her magic by a mysterious queen who is not all she seems. Perfect for fans of Malinda Lo and Kristin Cashore.

Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last--only to face a new set of dangers.

Mare just wa
Hardcover, first edition, 464 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Audrey Coulthurst This depends on whether or not a) the book sells well (tell your local library and your friends to buy it!) and b) when I have time to dive back into …moreThis depends on whether or not a) the book sells well (tell your local library and your friends to buy it!) and b) when I have time to dive back into Denna and Mare's world again. My next book will not be a continuation of the series, but I may come back to it after that. I always envisioned there being three books, and I know what happens to Denna and Mare after Of Ice and Shadows.(less)
Audrey Coulthurst The book was originally slated for March, but got moved to August. It comes out on August 13, 2019.

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I think this was a great follow up and the author has vastly improved at world building, but, and it's definitely a me thing, I found the plot kind of dull? It does feel like it exists for a reason though, and I liked Denna's growth. I'm just not the biggest fan of books where a large chunk is training. But I did love the overall growth and I still love the relationship between Denna and Mare.
Whitney Atkinson
DNF at 50%

I had this book out from the library for over a month but hardly could make my way through it. I ended up moving away and having to return this to the library, which was a great conclusion to my everyday questioning myself, "Should I DNF this?" I was just bored. I feel like I've read this story before in a 2013 generic fantasy. It's a journey book with random side characters interspersed and nothing to anchor me to the story because the girls' relationship is getting more distant as De
May 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: buy-asap
Trina (Between Chapters)
Some interesting things happened toward the end, but overall I didn't feel invested. The climax happened so quickly I didn't realize it was over and it left me wondering why all the build up? Mare was nearly intolerable with her constant prejudice against an entire nation of people. Just not as interesting as the first book for me.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*comes out of the closet* OF ICE AND SHADOWS!! 2019 you sneaky bastard better be quick! *slowly comes back to the closet and wait*
Not bad.. but I liked the first book a lot more.

Of Ice and Shadows was a nice sequel for me to listen to. It was honestly more of background noise than anything but I really did try to focus on it. In it, we still have the same princesses that we fell in love with in the first book: Mare and Denna. Yet, there was something missing in this book.

Not going to lie, nothing really happened in this. At least for me because things didn't start to get interesting until the very end of the book. Each pri
Lily L'Heureux
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lea (drumsofautumn)
DNF @ 35%
I'm the saddest bean!!! Ever since first reading Of Fire and Stars, I had always hoped that it would get a sequel because we saw so little of the world and magic system in the first one. On top of that, Audrey Coulthurst's Inkmistress was literally my favourite book of 2018. But I was so bored by Of Ice and Shadows. I tried pushing my way through it for over two weeks, eventually put it down and just never felt like I wanted to get back into it :(
Danika at The Lesbrary
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
After falling in love with Of Fire and Stars, I was eager to pick up the sequel. Luckily, I thought it was even stronger than the first one, developing the characters, fleshing out the world, introducing two equally interesting plots, and keeping the core of Denna and Mare's relationship.

My full review is up at the Lesbrary.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt, lgbt-2019
The Good
– Both Denna and Mare grow more into individuals
– Plotwise, there was usually something going on
– Some genuine moments of intrigue
– Decent choice of scenes?

The Bad
– Rough, amateurish writing style
– Indistinguishable "voices" between the two main characters
– All the telling over showing
– Huge lack of self-awareness in terms of xenophobia
– Author doesn't know how to build meaningful relationships between characters
– Final battle was basically just a confusing sneeze
– Apparently, we're expe
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3.5 stars

full review now on my blog!

Maybe I should’ve reread Of Fire and Stars prior to picking this up, but I was too excited when the ARC arrived on my Kindle. If you have the chance to before Of Ice and Shadows, I’d definitely recommend. Unfortunately, there’s no way I was putting anything on hold to see my gay princesses together again.

At the end of the first book, Mare and Denna are off on an adventure together. The princesses are seeking help for Denna to tame her magic, while Mare bec
Colleen Corgel
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy, young-adult
This is a very sweet continuation of the first book, Of Fire and Stars, but with a little more intrigue and action. In the first book, it was mostly revolving around Mare and Denna as they figured out their feelings for each other, and navigated the issues in Mare's court. This time around, the girls get more time apart, and that's a good thing. It still is a bit of a coming of age story, so they needed to have time to find themselves as individuals before their relationship could get any strong ...more
catherine ♡
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I shook my head, bewildered. "I've always known what lay ahead."

That was me, basically. I was okay with the first one and I was okay with this one — they were both predictable and I could've told you after a few of his scenes that (view spoiler).

Both of them seem to have the same issue where I just felt like there was no PURPOSE. In most YA novels, the hero(ine) gets somewhere a
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was so good!!! it was a little slow at the start but once the plot kicked in i loved it; learning more about the magic system was my favorite part. the character development worked out so well (mare and denna both grew so much and it felt so natural) and it was just!!! great!!!! highly recommended
Rahma Abdelrahman
(June 24, 2018)
Ok, but doesn’t the description give away too much? I hope there are enough surprises in the book itself to make up for this...
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book and its prequel were both amazing. I love them both and I recommend them to anyone who loves "YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people" (Comment if you know where that is from)
Dennaleia (Lia) and Amaranthine (Mare) were amazing protagonists and I loved reading about their adventures from Havemont to Mynaria and even Zumorda as well as Corojva (I think that's how it's spelled, correct me if I'm wrong) and Kartasha.
Anyways, overall this duology was amazi
Chantel (BW Reviews)
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
PLEASE. I'M SO READY. I was excited for Inkmistress and really enjoyed it, but I want Denna and Mare!
Dec 09, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: series-i-dropped
dnf at 6%, chapter 5.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019

“Blood is not the only thing that keeps a heart beating.”

Even though this one had a rough start for me, it really picked up by the end! The first half felt rather slow and less action-packed and I forgot many things considering world building from the first book.

But as soon as I got into the story and the plot picked up a little, I found myself really enjoying this and wondering what was going to happen next.

Especially the characters made up for the slow pacing for me. Denna and Mare were i
Jamie Coudeville
This was really great. A bit of a slow start. I was surprised to like Denna's chapters more than Mare's. Not that I remember much from the first book. But the magic stuff was more interesting than the politics. I wonder if there will be a sequel, there were a few loose ends.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is such a great follow up to Of Fire and Stars. While the plot could have been expanded, the depth added to the magic system and the additional world-building from spending time in Zumorda really propelled the series in a great direction! I highly recommend continuing on with the series, and I hope for additional books in the future!


The plot is one of the things that I wish the book would have done better. Honestly, I think the issue is that the book simply wasn’t long enough. Ther
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Look at that beautiful cover! Can't wait to read!
Will Miller
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could just sit and read everything about this world forever probably. I love all of it.
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not going to lie, I'm a little disappointed. Maybe I shouldn't have banked so hard on my nostalgia for the first book to get me through the sequel, especially after I finished rereading the first book earlier today.

I thought the romance was going to be more present than the plot in this book, since I wanted to see more development with Mare and Denna... unfortunately, I got development with Denna's character and a little with Mare that doesn't quite seem earned, but nothing with the two of
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, glbt, fantasy
After faking her death, Denna and Mare are finally back together and seeking help with Denna’s magic abilities. After concocting a cover story, Denna must pretend to be Mare’s maid during their long journey to Zumorda. Once they arrive, they discover that Zumorda is very different from the world they’re from. Magic abilities are prevalent and used open in everyday life, which is something Denna and Mare are not used to. While Denna hopes to find someone willing to train her, Mare has started to ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-books
I read this one directly after finishing the first, so I had no lag time. You would think that would be a problem, and the events of the books would meld together. Yet, there is a stark difference between this book and the first book. They were very different tones. And it is hard to explain, because I was a bit underwhelmed by the second book. I felt the first book was stronger overall, and the second book fell into some traps that took my enjoyment out of it. Not overly egregious but still, I ...more
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to Balzer + Bray for my review copy.

Of Ice and Shadows picks up pretty much straight away from the events of Of Fire and Stars. Together at last, the Princesses Mare and Denna are travelling in secret to the Kingdom of Zumorda where they seek training for Denna’s volatile gifts, and to seek aid in the fight against Sonnenborn. When the Queen takes in interest in Denna’s abilities and offers to train her hers
Sam (Hissing Potatoes)
It's not a terrible book, but it is boring and surface level, especially in worldbuilding. I never felt invested. It contained a lot of introspection/infodumping/weak writing. Despite time moving, the plot moved sloooooooowly. The dynamic was basically "Denna/Mare feel helpless/above current events, someone threatens/insults the other spurring the first to explode in rage, they feel guilty," rinse/repeat.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-rep
While the first book in the series will always hold a special place in my heart, I do love how much more of the world we get to see in book 2. I feel like we're finally seeing the world Coulthurst has created, and it's filled with magic, secrets, and two women fiercely protective of the other. I could not put it down from start to finish.

While the ending seemed a bit rushed to me, I am unable to think about nothing more than what will happen in book 3.
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Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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