by Amber Argyle
Release Date: June 19th 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
~Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~
Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.
Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation.
With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever.
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Amber graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less crazy larger people.
It follows Ilyeena, the wise woman of a tribe who, after being mortally wounded, is given a chance to become the queen of winter instead of dying. She says maybe to the offer in order to help her people, immediately gets captured and then spends the rest of the book looking for freedom and getting the odd bit of help from the fairy realm.
Okay I did enjoy the book, it was well written and there was enough of the world presented to be interesting. Ilyeena was strongly written and despite some fairly insane choices, I could feel for her struggle.
The secondary characters needed some work but as we only get to see them from Ilyeena's head, this is more of a 'character doesn't think too deeply' thing rather than a poorly written character thing.
I did have a small issue with the fairy aspect, it didn't seem to impact the story much and felt more like an afterthought.
But I do recommend this book and I will be reading book two. I've already forked out for the paperback copy of both.