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Web of Frost

(Saints of Russalka #1)

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire, but can she trust the only person who’s taught her to use her gift?

Russalka is a proud empire, frozen and vast, protected for centuries by a royal family who works miracles from the saints. But rebellion stirs in the streets, and its war-hungry neighbors threaten to invade. The young princess K
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Eventide Press
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Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it

3/5 stars

The story is so good and entertaining.
There's so much politics involved in this book, I was not expecting that (I really liked that).
I really liked the magic system and the world.
This was a very surprising read.

The main character I did not like very much, half of the book I kept thinking "Why?/OMG/ No".
She made very rash decisions (some of them I understand) always saying it was the best for her people and her "obsession" and need for Ravin it’s just annoying.
Yes, she was a girl wit
Alice (Married To Books)
I was on the blog tour for this book, thanks to Barclay Publicity for letting me be a part of the tour. See my full post here: https://marriedtobooksreviewsandblog....

For me, studying History as one of my FE College course subjects and at the time of being contacted about this tour, I was studying the Russian Revolution which Web of Frost is inspired by. So, I couldn’t say no to reviewing this one! Katza has visions of evil things happening not just to her but citizens of Russalka. There have be
Ardent Reader
1.5 stars
Honestly, I can’t remember what the story was. The book was full of politics. I haven’t read many Russian revolution and Russian folklore, so this may be one of the reasons for my low rating. And also I dislike the main characters katza and ravin, Katza for being a naïve and ravin being a creepy for all the time. Katza was happened to be the next ruler, but she doesn’t know what happens around her.
I’m not sure whether to continue with the series.

i received this book from the publisher
Web of Frost is the first book in the Saints of Russalka series, which is set in a fantasy country inspired by Russian folklore and the Russian revolution. It incorporates both political and religious themes, with a magic system based on saints and blessings. It promises court intrigue, a compelling romantic dynamic and a perfect wintry atmosphere.
Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver.

For most of the book, I didn’t love the main character. She starts the book being a naive fool, then she takes a 180
Cindy ✩☽♔
Rating ~1.75?

"I am whole already. Without you."

Well, that was quite the bloody nightmare, until right about the end when our heroine finally started to use her brain.

For most of the book, my feelings fluctuated between this:
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And this:
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But like I said, at the end, our heroine finally found the brain I think she lost somewhere at the beginning and finally, I could see myself possibly rooting for her.
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Things I liked:
The setting, Russalka ~ Russia
It's a place visited not nearly e
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a slightly biased editor, and I can't wait for everyone to meet Katza! ...more
Jan 18, 2018 marked it as will-not-read-finish
I've tried to read this, I've tried.

But Smith did something with the Russian language that I just can't abide. I don't know if she did what Leigh Bardugo did, and changed words just a little to suit her needs or is she just gets them wrong but dear god, are they wrong. Plus they're italicized so it's like seeing all the mistakes on the page ahead of time. I've read Smith's previous work - also based in Russia - and while the language in it wasn't horrible - there were mistakes. But this was just
Morgan | Mashleas Reads
Thank you so much to the publisher and Lindsay Smith for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Web of Frost through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and do not represent thoughts about the author or publisher.

I enjoyed Web of Frost for the first 50% of the book and then unfortunately I found myself a little bored. The world building was great. As a big fan of Russia and its history I enjoyed seeing the similarities the author had drawn. The idea of using Saints as magical aids was intriguing
Darque  Dreamer
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Web of Frost will immerse you in a world of mysticism and folklore. With its elegant prose, and vivid imagery, it feels like a dream. For those who love enchanting stories full of Russian folklore and stunning twists, you will not be disappointed.

I was absolutely stunned at how much I enjoyed this one. Lindsay Smith enchanted me right from the start. I could see everything in my mind so clearly as if I was watching a movie set in a fantasy world.

Web of Frost introduced me to an incredible world
Whitley Birks
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
There was a lot of potential here to make a really interesting, unlikeable/messy main character, and I've seen a lot of reviews touch on it but none of them have brought up what I think is the biggest problem - Katza kind of doesn't have much to her at the start of the book.

When the story opens, she's bogged down with thoughts of all the things she isn't. Mostly, that she isn't her brother, the golden child of the family who just died. That's...pretty much the sum of her character, she's a lack
Grace T
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katza, heir to the throne of Russalka, is troubled by visions that seem to prophesy she will destroy the country she wants to nurture and protect. Ravin is a darkly attractive prophet who wishes her to seize control of her tentative powers and use them at her own will, free from the restraints her tsar father and state officials have imposed. Katza must decide what she and her struggling country truly need--complete freedom or complete control--before they both fall to pieces.

Web of Frost is an
Savannah Holland
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Web of Frost by Lindsay Smith
- loved the magic system
- the Russian bullshit I live for
- too easy/fast for Katza to master the magic and grow a spine
- lil predictable
Notes From 'Round the Bend
Ugh, I have so many complaints about this book and I have to admit, I got so fed up with the ‘heroine’ that I only skimmed the second half. The description promised a lot of things it never delivered on and I HATED Katza, the main character. The fantasy veneer over events heavily based on/influenced by the Russian Revolution was pretty thin, though the unique religious structure was just interesting enough to keep this from being a straight-up F review…barely.

I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katza is a naïve young woman who gets taken advantage of the moment someone sees her as something other than a useless and untrained princess. Reminiscent of a villain origin story, Katza is lead down a dark path where she believes she’s doing right by her kingdom, yet her people know she’s the one making them suffer.

To anyone who reads this book and complains that Katza is naïve and isn’t making morally pure choices, THAT’S THE POINT. Katza gets angry, she does the wrong thing, she acts like a
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Waiting for Book Two!

I liked this almost more than I’d like to admit. The setting felt solid, and it was easy to picture the details of each place in my imagination because the writing allowed for it — that’s a definite plus. There are books I’ve read where I can hardly conjure up any ideas of what things look like, either because there’s nothing to go off of or because the prose is so flowery and ephemeral it obfuscates the actual concrete details.
Several times I wanted to kick the main charact
Angela Cramer
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part historical, part fantastical, Web of Frost is worth the read.

A young girl is destined to be married off to ensure prosperity of her family's throne. Instead, she finds herself to be married, yes, but instead of moving away, she is to be trained to take the throne. Mourning for her older brother, Katza, born of powerful blood, fears everything especially herself. But the Silov's are powerful and her visions show her the way.

When an uprising kills her father, Katza finds herself truly alone.
Erin Arkin
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 - 3 stars

Web of Frost is the first book in the Saints of Russalka series by Lindsay Smith and as soon as I read the summary, I knew I wanted to get my hands on this book. I ended up having mixed feelings about this one and it may be because the books I love typically include characters that have me fully invested in them, but I wasn’t really a fan of anyone in this story. With that said, the story itself was interesting and kept me turning the pages.

This story is centered on a young princess
Ashley Dawn
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an intriguing book. Katza is a princess who never expected to be in control of her kingdom. It was always supposed to go to her older brother. Her job was to marry whichever royal her father deemed and strengthen ties to a bordering empire. Life has a way of changing everything. Her family has always had power, but the priests have limited how much they can use it.

Katza wants to do what her older bother would be proud of and be a voice for their people. Her brother used power more than
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Katza is definitely thrust into a role she isn't prepared for (in many, many ways), while also dealing with grief. She's angry and feels like she lacks a support system, and she (understandably) turns to the people and actions that give her a sense of control.

I was sometimes frustrated with her wavering, but I was more frustrated with the portrayal of it. Sometimes it seemed like what we were shown she was thinking/feeling at a given time wasn't consistent with how she talked about it later, and
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Dec 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
When she had her ephiphany/epiphanies at the end, I just wanted to yell at Katza: "You don't say?!?!?!" It was just too obvious. And as a result of this, she seemed weak and stupid at best, and downright evil at worst.
The Russian lore in this book wasn't good. Several words were in cursive like they were foreign, but they were completely made up, e.g. "tsarika" instead of "tsaritsa". The author also seemed to think she could just take some random syllables, smash a -ev or -ov on at the end, and
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this so much, but unfortunately it was just not what I expected or wanted from the premise. The main character spends most of her time being very obviously manipulated and what I thought was going to be a dark or potentially twisted romance was a huge letdown. Sometimes I'm okay with a main character being manipulated, but in this book it was the most obvious manipulation in the world. Katza expects it from everyone else except the obvious person (who everyone keeps saying is ma ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Web of Frost is the first installment in the Saint of Russalka series about a young girl name Katza who rises to power after a series of unfortunate events during a time of government uprising of the Russian revolution. Due to her magical heritage, she is prone to visions and is able to call on the saints to do her bidding. These aspects of the story were what intrigued me enough to pick it up. U
Jan farnworth
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes i go into a book thinking i know what age group it geared for as it was this one i was expecting a middle grade novel but what i got instead was a fantastic young adult novel that has been crafted magnificently.  

I was delighted with how much i love this interesting tale of a hierarchy that uses the saints power to defend their country.  They have made everyone believe that the government are the only ones who can understand the blessings from the saints.  Then we are introduced to Rav
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

I like the kind of flowery language in this writing. It rly works well with the vibe of the world and the setting. It was sometimes a little bland but I kept reading because I wanted to see what was gonna happen; the politics are very relevant in These Sinful Days but also its its super interesting to see basically the other side of the revolutions where the ruler isn’t a mustache twirling villain

The magic was also super good. I really like the world building around the blessings and saints
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
An intricate and enticing introduction to a fresh fantasy world. The lush fantastic-Russia setting and court politics provide a backdrop of intrigue for Katza's development into tsarika, while her relationship with Ravin will appeal to fans of the Darkling and Kylo Ren. Personally, I'm excited for perhaps more exploration of Nadika and the Mozgai use of the Saints' blessings in the second book, as well as plenty of revolution and the evolution of the tension between Katza, Ulmarova, and the Russ ...more
Kel K.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I tried several times to give this book a chance but I just could not get into the story line. It sounded so promising, about a Russian queen trying to save her people with her powers. The beginning of the story was just too slow, and the opening scene with the prophet was intriguing, but the story lost me when prince Fahed came into the story. I'm not sure if it was Smith's writing style, but I am very disappointed by this book. I hope o
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from netgalley in exhange for sn honest review.

I actually really enjoyed this book. The politics and royal intrigue kept my attention and the character development was not terrible. A little slow, but some people take a while to learn who they are!
Trey richardson
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok

She is a weak ruler. Her power may be great but she has a super weak mind. Most of the book was her being manipulated, the worst part is it wasn't even sky, she is just dim. It felt like I was reading about a twelve year old girl with no backbone.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Katza is very young. She’s in her late teens. Completely unprepared to lead her kingdom of Russalka. Her father has left her completely in the dark about the kingdom, the web of intrigue around court life, the unhappiness of her subjects and her magical abilities. So once she gains some power, of course she mucks it all up.


I’m not down on an anti-hero per se, but Katza was a little hard to take. She w
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am sorry to say this.... I didn’t like the story at all, I didn’t like the romance, I didn't like the characters.... The only thing I liked was the last page, it was quite intriguing. ...more
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Lindsay is the author of multiple novels for young adults, including Sekret and A Darkly Beating Heart, as well as the comic series Black Swan. She is the showrunner and lead writer for Serial Box's The Witch Who Came In From the Cold, a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2017. Her short stories and comics have appeared in the anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats, Strange Romance Vol. 3, and Toil & Tr ...more

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