A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
I really enjoyed this! I picked it up after seeing Sara in Prague and thinking that I should read it because it sounded good and I was so right.
I really liked the world and the court set up. And the way the Wintonians talked about Winter was so beautiful. I love that she managed to make something so cold and potentially desolate sound warm, inviting and beautiful.
I will admit that the overall story line and the character type twist isn’t anything ground breaking, but I think it’s well done and written. And the magic type twist I didn’t see the reasoning for at all, and I really liked that!
Meira is a fairly typical fiery girl who wants to prove herself, but she learns about herself and the true meaning of courage and belief along the way. I know, typical cheesy review line, but it’s true! 😂 I liked her relationship with Mather, but more towards the end – it feels like she grew up. And I loved her with Theron, as despite the speed, their connection felt more natural.
I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Sir. I spent most of the book wanting to smack him 😂😂 but I get why he acted how he did.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I will definitely be picking up book 2!
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