by Vicki L. Weavil
Published by Month9Books Release date : September 9th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
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Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own.
Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
CROWN OF ICE is such an interesting and unique (to me) fantasy. It’s a retelling of the story, the Snow Queen, which I am not familiar with AT ALL. I am actually using this to my advantage, because re-tellings are always a hit or miss. I am so curious about the original story now though!
After being turned to the current Snow Queen, Thyra Winters in on a quest to repair a mystical mirror before her 18th birthday. Failure is not an option; since she would be turned into a wraith like her predecessors. Completing more than the others before her, Thyra is now desperate to complete the mirror with only 5 months left before her birthday.
Thyra was such an interesting and conflicting character. She is selfish and cold; becoming this way over time since the death of her parents and then becoming the Snow Queen. I wouldn’t say I agree with everything that she did, but I can’t say I blame her either. Desperation can create monsters out of us, and I feel like Thyra was heading that way before Luki and Kai.
Kai was an easy character to like. He is kind, smart and loyal. I felt really bad for him, since he had dreams to go off to school, but felt obligated to say home and care for the family mill. He too, was desperate to help Thyra finish the mirror, but for his own reasons. I felt his actions were conflicting too. Thyra called him out on it. Yet again, you can’t blame him for his desperation either.
The romance between these two was slow building, and so realistic. I loved it. Kai really got under Thyra’s skin and thawed her heart. The changed in her were subtle, not quick, adding to the realism of the situation. I especially love that it didn’t consume the plot of the story. Sure, love was a huge aspect of it, but there was so much more to it than that.
The ending was bitter-sweet, yet perfect at the same time. I love that Thyra was strong enough to fight for what she wanted, not giving everything up. Of course, a part wishes it didn’t happen this way. But I am more satisfied with the way things turned out.
I really liked it! CROWN OF ICE is such a fascinating fantasy, with love adventure and enjoyable characters. I recommend for all fans of fantasy!