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Beasts of the Frozen Sun

(Frozen Sun Saga #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,044 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.

Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people's souls, to see someone's true essence
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Blackstone
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Jill Criswell It's a trilogy, so Book 2 will be released in 2020 and Book 3 in 2021. Thanks for your interest!…moreIt's a trilogy, so Book 2 will be released in 2020 and Book 3 in 2021. Thanks for your interest!(less)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
First off, I'm so in love with the cover of this book I can't hardly stand myself!

I'm going to leave the book review at 3 stars for now, but will probably read it again when the book is released. I loved the story line. I loved Lira and Reyker as well as a few more side characters in the book. I just felt like there was something missing or too much of one thing.

There is a bit of grimdark in this book and some things are graphic more so than others. I loved the mythology and the feeling I was w
Lucie V.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
✅ Viking inspired
✅ Mythology and special powers
✅ Good characters
✅ Realistic, slow-paced romance
🆗 Predictable plot and romance
❌ Repetitive plot

I enjoyed reading this book, but it was nothing really new. A girl saves an enemy coming from a faraway land, hides him, and heals him. They both learn to know and trust the other and of course, trouble comes for them. Nothing in the story was really surprising or unexpected, but it is still a good book.

The mythology holds a big part in this story. Not
ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Meet the love child between Daughter of the Forest (Juliet Marillier) & Sky in the Deep (Adrienne Young):D Beasts of the Frozen sun is a fantasy inspired in Celtic and Viking mythology. We follow the journey of two enemies: Lira, the daughter of a Chieftain in an Ireland inspired setting and Reyker, a warrior from a far distant, cold land from a clan known as Beasts of the Frozen Sun, inspired in Nordic/Scandinavian se

Title: Beasts of the Frozen Sun
Series: The Frozen Sun Saga #1)
Author: Jill Criswell
Release date: August 6, 2019
Cliffhanger: Yes
Genre: YA fantasy

You wield the lost sword of the Frozen Sun. A weapon of the Ice Gods in the hands of the Green Gods’ soul-reader. ’Tis a story poets will pen, a tale fit for the scriptures.”

This book sounded right up my alley and I couldn't wait to get started on it. A historical setting with clans, warriors, forbidden love, God gifted women with unique powers, and an
3.50 🌟

Jill Criswell undoubtedly nailed how Gods and Goddesses play with mortals on Beasts of the Frozen Sun! This is a fantasy based off of Celtic mythology and if you're a fan of the Vikings show.

This is a wonderful love story of Lira and Reyker who were doomed from the very beginning, as each belong in a different clan.

"You will chase what you cannot catch. You will love what you cannot keep, You will kill what cannot die."


💫Lira - a god-gifted soul-reader and daughter
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Beasts of the Frozen Sun
Author – Jill Criswell
Series – Frozen Sun Saga #1
Cliffhanger? - Yes
Publication Date – August 6, 2019
Genre – YA Fantasy
Type – Double POV
Rating – 4.25 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I immediately have to comment on how much I loved the bond that developed between Lira and Reyker. I absolutely LOVE books about enemies coming together as a love interest and this defi
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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“He is everything you fear, and worse. He is also everything you hope, and more.”

I was just halfway through Beasts of the Frozen Sun, and I already loved it so much I ordered a hardback copy. I’m both excited and furious that it’s the first in a trilogy, because it means I’ll get to spend two more books following Lira and Reyker’s stories but also that I have to wait AN ENTIRE TWO YEARS to find out how it all ends! How has this story not go
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Like many people, that gorgeous cover draw me in pretty much immediately. The premise of this book was very interesting and I was excited to find out if the inside was as good as the outside.

I ended up reading this book in two settings. First, I read 42% and I really liked where the story was going and I thought this was going to be a 4 stars book. But then some other shiny new books distracted me and I had to put down this one for a few days. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the last 58% quite as
Marta Cox
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oo such a pretty cover, there's no wonder it caught my attention. This is set on an island not too dissimilar in many ways to ancient Britain and has what I can only describe as Vikings attacking with the usual murder, rape and pillaging going on but actually there's far more to it than that. We have Draki, a truly nasty villain who appears to be a demigod of some type and he's pitted against Lira who is also God touched in that she can quite literally read souls. Her ability is both a blessing ...more
3.5 Stars ✨

“Oh has my love forgotten me? The days pass by, storms ravage the sea. I toss in my sleep, as he calls from the deep. My love, my love, return to me.”

Beasts of the Frozen sun is a forbidden love story full of action. It’s based on Celtic/Viking Mythology (one of my faves).

Lira is a Soul Reader who finds Reyker (a beast warrior from the land of the Frozen Sun) half dead, washed up on the shores of Glasinth. She nurses him back to health, even though he is a huge threat to her clan.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beasts of the Frozen Sun is a Viking mythology type of story centered around Lira and Ryker. It's obvious from the start, these two are destined for each other and great heroics and/or doom. Two young people who are essentially forced into situations and ideologies that are well beyond the scope of their lifetime and part of a much larger picture. The characters are excellent in their complexity, development and humanity. Interactions are engaging and entertaining. The story is mythical and dyna ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Full review at Whispers & Wonder

The wolf must be kindhearted, and the deer must be brave.

In a world where warring gods manipulate humankind to carry out their wills, magic and mysticism cloak the land and sea, and clans battle for primacy, a spark of passion, and tears of treachery carried upon the wings of time descend through the ages. A girl in the clutches of a monster hidden beneath the skin of a man; a boy with eyes far older than his years; a mark binding them together forever. The boy, n
The Nerd Daily
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura Erne

Jill Criswell’s debut novel, Beasts of The Frozen Sun, was a knockout! The writing was spectacular and the characters were unique and headstrong. I’m not one to like an intricate gods system and yet, I finished this book strangely grateful for it. It was a fierce and dark tale about warring clans with a severe hatred of the unknown, a ballsy heroine who can read a man’s soul with one simple touch, and a brooding love interest forced to
Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!

Let me just say, the cover is what drew me in! Yes, I totally judged this book by its cover, and what a beautiful cover it is! 

Beasts of the Frozen Sun is Jill's debut novel and the first in a new fantasy trilogy that I'm really exited about! I really don't want to give anything away because it's such a beautifully written novel, clearly inspired by Celtic and Viking mythology and you need to experience it firsthand.

We follow the journey of two enemies: Aillira or Lira for
This was too EPIC and SAVAGE right to the very end.

I'm grappling for air, my weak heart is exhausted.

▪ Star-crossed romance
▪ Enemies-to-lovers/forbidden love
▪ Dazzling world-building
▪ Unnecessary Gods ruining the world
▪ Struggle after struggle after struggle after struggle... you get my point?

The sequel release is too far away to promise I'd read it.

3.5/5 stars
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cover...oooh the cover caught my eye. It was bloody brilliant. Looking at it caused my imagination to travel to the worlds yonder. The blurb of a kickass heroine, a hunk of a warrior, different lands, forbidden love, gods manipulating humans, power and battle all forced me to read this book. And boy, did Jill Criswell deliver!!

Lira lived in Glasinth and was a soul reader, a power gifted by the gods. Reyker was a savage washed ashore to her lands, barely alive. Lira recognized him to be the b
A Book Shrew
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
Please, please tell me I haven’t fallen into a slump of reading books that start out incredibly amazing, and then bore me in the second half. Please don’t say it’s so. Because BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN is the second book in a row that has failed me.

Full review at A Book Shrew

The good. I’ll start with that. First and foremost, I need more vikings in my library. This reminded me so very much of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. You can read my gushing about that book here. This book, told in alter
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book was in one word amazing. But I’m getting way ahead of myself. Let’s start chronologically. First, the book cover, which is gorgeous! It was the cover that drew me first and then the blurb held my attention.

Second, writing style. The author’s writing style is so on point with beautiful prose that was a pleasure to read. I fell down the rabbit hole from the first page and kept going deeper and deeper until it was vital for me to get to the end of the book before I could do anything else.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
The Bookworm Central
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book ripped me apart and the most frustrating thing is that I have to wait extra long to read the next one because it’s an arc. I literally have no words. I’m happy, frustrated, torn, in love, confused, and practically desperate for a happily ever after. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with myself now except dive into this review.
Recently I finished A Kingdom of Ash by our beloved Sarah J. Maas and since then have been in a huge YA fiction funk. I’ve struggled to get back into my favo
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A breathtaking fantasy for fans of Juliet Marillier, Tamora Pierce, and Robin McKinley., Beasts of the Frozen Sun is endowed with myth and mist and fire in a way reminiscent of a classic tale. What I loved most in this fantasy was the dichotomy of the men in Lira's life, torn over the traditional teachings of masculinity and striving towards emotional understanding. A wonderful start to a must-read series. ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
*Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I really wanted to love this one. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sounded right up my alley. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my cup of tea. There was nothing particularly wrong about it, and it certainly wasn’t bad. It just didn’t captivate me the way I was hoping.

The characters weren’t my favourite. Lira and Reyker weren’t terrible though. They were good, strong people who experienced growth and used logic and loved each other very much. I just personally wasn’t very en
I have an habit of not reading the synopsis of a book before I read it. So this one was really different from what I thought it was, but in a really good way!

The start was a little bit slow for me, but once the story kicked in... I just couldn't stop reading it! I literally lost hour of sleep reading this book!

I loved to see how mythology and actual people could be linked. How you never know what will happen to you until it does. How a small but vigorous girl can move mountains if she feels thr
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Aug 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
I misread this title as Beats of the Frozen Sun and now I'm disappointed for some reason

also hello hello fellow writer from the Florida swamps!
Christi M
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I really wanted to like this one. I really enjoy the fantasy genre and felt I had recently been spending too much time away from it, so when I picked it up I was ready to dive in and fall in love. What I found was a nicely done book that just wasn’t for me.


I can’t tell you how much I enjoy fantasy, especially epic fantasy where a whole new world is created, new land, new politics, new magic systems. Something completely unlike our own that I can just melt into and forget the world aroun
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Beasts of the Frozen Sun is the first in a new fantasy trilogy about a girl touched by the gods, and a boy who is supposed to be her enemy.

I love books inspired by mythology and playing with gods, and I loved the narrative in this book around the two different stories about what happened so many years ago. Which god is the hero, and which is the villain? Which one of them is the traitor? And how does the mortal woman the gods
Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.

When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland—one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun—Lira helps the
Courtney ✌
2.5 stars - It was really difficult for me to decide between 2 and 3 stars for this one. I went back and forth a few times before the story ended. By the book's conclusion, I found that I had to force myself to keep reading for the majority of the story.

What I Liked:
I really loved the world and the general mythology incorporated into the story. Both were the strongest story elements for me as the plot was building. Generally, I liked the two main characters and I felt for them throughout
Savannah (forest_reader)
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic Viking-themed story! This book, written by Jill Criswell, has gods, magical gifts, chilling warriors, and so much action I could barely put it down. The story follows Lira, a soul reader who saves an enemy warrior from death. As Lira and Reyker's forbidden bond grows stronger, they discover that the threat from an evil warlord grows stronger, and they must find a way to save themselves, their souls, and their people.

This book has so many elements to it. Even the synopsis falls
Amber (The Book Bratz)
I really really wanted to love this one. The premise and the cover are amazing so I figured it was going to be a perfect fit. Where I did like the characters I had a hard time with the writing style, we just weren’t meshing. 😓

DNF @ 30%
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Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like ...more

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