Title: Kingdom of Ice and Bone (Frozen Sun Saga #2)
by Jill Criswell
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: September 22nd 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Lira and Reyker have lost everything. Including each other.
Lira of Stone watched her home burn and her clan fall beneath the sword of the warlord known as the Dragon. She believes the man she loves, a warrior who defected from the Dragon s army, is dead. Alongside her exiled brother and his band of refugees, she will fight the forces that conquered her island. But the greatest danger may come from Lira herself with the blood of banished gods running through her veins, she s become a weapon, and no one is safe from the power of her wrath.
Reyker Lagorsson thought he was done being a Dragonman. That was before he saw Lira leap from a cliff and vanish into the sea. Determined to honor her memory by protecting her people, Reyker must feign loyalty to the warlord, undermine him at every turn, and seek alliances with renegade soldiers without succumbing to the battle-madness that threatens to possess him once more.
When the Fallen Ones offer Lira a chance to defeat the Dragon, her quest leads her to a place she never expected Iseneld, the warlord s homeland. Her journey into the heart of the Frozen Sun will put her on a collision course with Reyker, costing both of them more than they ever imagined, and leaving her with a terrible choice: to save their countries, she must forsake everything she loves.
Kingdom of Ice and Bone is book 2 in the Frozen Sun saga so proceed with caution reading this review. There is most definitely gonna be at least partial spoilers. Okay. You have been waaAAAaArned.
Well then. Now with that out of the way. Kingdom of Ice and Bone picks up right where Beasts of Frozen Sun ends. Reyker and Lira both are unaware that the other is still alive and are mourning the deaths of their love. Lira is with the nomads and her brother, Gareth, and Reyker is a bit lost after losing Lira. Wanting to honor the man Lira thought him to be, he decides to secretly work against the Dragonmen and devote himself to helping Liras people. The two spend most of the book just barely being out of the others reach and I felt so frustrated and sad for them not knowing about the others well-being.
Just like with Beasts of the Frozen Sun, Kingdom of Ice and Bone starts quickly and keeps up the pacing all throughout the story. Lira and Reyker both get even more character development. Lira begins to accept her powers she has obtained and learns how to hone them becoming a very powerful and capable main character(yas get it girl). Reyker is struggling with the internal battle between his good and bad side but he ultimately has good intentions. Also, we get some more DRAKI. Draki is an amazingly written villian. I found myself reading book 1 absolutely despising him but we get little peeks of other sides of him that had me changing my mind. Ugh. He gives me such Darkling vibes I love it 😂 I JUST WANT A REDEMPTION ARC FOR HIM OKAY. The setting is new taking us to the land where Reyker comes from. With it, we get new Gods and monsters and get to see the place Reyker calls home. I loved learning about Iseneld and how it differed from Glasnith.
Sequels can oftentimes not be as great as the first book in a series but I honestly liked Kingdom of Ice and Bone more than Beasts of the Frozen Sun. There was so much action and twists that kept me glued to the story. And now it is time to address the ending. Yes hello 911 I’d like to report a crime. THAT ENDING IS NOT ALLOWED JILL. I am still reeling from it and I finished it a couple days ago! NOT FAIR.
I am giving this a 5 out of 5 stars. Book 1 was really good and helped set up everything that made book 2 amazing! I will be eagerly looking for the next up in the saga.
“I will break you, Ryker” Aldrik thought, “so no one else can.”
“How in Gwylors name did you do that, Lira?” “Divine Inspiration.”
“A man is nothing without his morality. My father taught me that.”
“The power Veronis gave me had saved my brother. If I could keep those i care about safe, I would embrace these gifts. And hope I could keep them under control.”
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 Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).
Check out the link below to see the full tour schedule!
https://favouritepagesbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/08/tour-schedule-kingdom-of-ice-and-bone.html We’ll update this daily.