Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil
Released- Sept 9th 2014
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.My Thoughts:
Crown of Ice, is a luscious and fantastical retelling of the Snow Queen. In this version, a master mage wizard named Mael Voss conjured the winds and started the avalanche that killed Thyra Winther parents, leaving her orphaned, but he spared her for a purpose. He wants Thrya to be -what many were before her- his Snow Queen, but her magical existence comes at a price, for Voss demands each of his Queens to piece back a magical mirror before her eighteenth birthday.With only five months left, Thyra is desperate and will do anything to find the missing shards and piece back the mirror before she lingers as a ghostly wraith for the rest of her days.
This was a really fun book! I really enjoyed Weavil's writing style. The story itself is a classic tale, but I liked the unique twist and turns that Weavil included to keep the story moving at a determined pace. I also thought it was quite smart to apply mathematics logic to solve the puzzling equation. I've never seen that particular element before and it intrigued me. I also loved the rich setting that made me shiver, the enchanting spells and all the animated animals and characters that brought this book to stunning life and wild entertainment.
Thrya is a rather conflicting character, one I can easily sympathize with but can't help be disappointed by her actions at the same time. To be fair, she doesn't really mean to be this cold, selfish, unflinching jaded girl and we see clearly through her memories and back-story that she wasn't always this way, but the fear of a fate worse then death prompts her to do unforgivable things if she wants to survive. Still, behind every wrong, I can still feel the struggle in her throughout the length of the novel, which always made me hopeful.
Kai is a very easy character to love from the start. He has a genuine goodness and enthusiasm about him that is infectious. He's warm and caring and thoughtful, but what I found so refreshing about him the most is his intelligence and his love for knowledge and travel. He doesn't believe in marriage before education, which I find an extreme rarity in fictional male characters. I also can't forget to mention Luki and Bae! They were the perfect touch to this already moving and magical story.
I really enjoyed the romance, it was slow building and tender rather then the swoon-worthy I'm use to. It was never really about that all consuming powerful love, but a steady connection and challenge throughout the story. Still, I thought it was kinda perfect. It really fits the tone of the story and made the sweeter moments stand-out more. Plus, it was really comforting to be able to sink into the fantasy and not be absorbed by the romance for a change.
All in all, I rather enjoyed myself with this one. Crown of Ice, is a clever and solid enchanting adventure filled with magic, love, friendship and self-discovery that was perfectly paced and wonderfully written and I look forward to reading what Weavil has in store next! A fun escape!
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