Of Ice and Shadows
Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers.
Mare just wants to settle d ...more
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.
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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 becom ...more
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 ...more
While the ending seemed a bit rushed to me, I am unable to think about nothing more than what will happen in book 3.
Rep: Sapphic main characters in a relationship; secondary PoC and queer characters.
Of Ice and Shadows continues Mare's and Denna's story as they go to Zumorda to get help for the Sonnenborne's invasion of Mynaria. Mare is representing herself as the ambassador for her kingdom, and Denna, thought to be dead, is posing as her handmaiden; their goals are two-fold as Mare seeks alliances and Denna a trainer who will help her control he ...more
A very solid sequel that provides a worthy follow-up to Of Fire and Stars, Of Ice and Shadows expands upon an already interesting world and magic system while leaving plenty of room for a third part to clean up any loose threads left behind. It also wraps up this storyline neatly enough to stand alone (something a lot of middle books in a trilogy fail at, if I'm completely honest).
First things first, if your least favorite part of the first book was the political intrigue, ...more
E-galley provided by Edelweiss and Epic Reads in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and quotations are based on an uncorrected proof
But some things required a person to be more than a name.
A kingdom in need of a fighter.
The threat of a war that could destroy everything.
Or a girl holding fire in her hands.
In terms of a sequel, this book does really well on carrying and developing onward from the first one. Everything I liked about the first book was brought back full force a...more
What lost me was the last quarter. It felt way too rushed and easy. The enemy was only found out after every other possible option was crossed out. And the real enemy was then revealed to be this overpowered final boss-type beast and it was just way too much. After one final "dramatic" fight and a "tragic" death the good ones win an ...more
A fantastic sequel two both of the previous books set in this world. This book is a direct sequel to "Of Fire and Stars". But it is also,in many ways, a sequel to "Inkmistress", which takes place many years before the events of this story. While reading "Inkmistress" isn't required to understand the story, I w would recommend it, since it will increase your enjoyment of the story.
The pacing, character development, and storytelling in this book are superb. The ending is very satisfying ...more
Solid sequel to an excellent series.
I really enjoyed the growth that Denna and Mare both make throughout the course of this book--both as individuals and as a couple. We meet so great new characters in this book! I was super intrigued by the Zumordan Queen and I think there will be a lot to unpack with her and Denna's relationship in a later book should Audrey Coulthurst chooses to bless us with a third installment.
I am convinced this author just can’t write. Nothing was improved on the story. The characters are dull, the plot still doesn’t exist, the world is a bit more broad but not really. I feel as if the author has just done the same plot of the last book and it’s just so bland. Everything I said in my review of the first book can count for here.
I can say I found this book highly enjoyable and fun to read.
I appreciated the world building, the characters development and was hooked till the last page.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
If you haven’t yet, you need to read “Of fires and Stars”, you will then fall in love with it. After you fall in love with it be happy and know there is a second book “Of ice and Shadows”. I promise you will not be disappointed. You will
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Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, an ...more