- Page Count: 416
- Release Date: October 14, 2014
- My Rating: 4 stars
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, and serving her kingdom 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 kept getting this book mixed up with Shatter Me so I stalled on reading it, but it’s like this glorious little whirlwind of a YA fantasy plot that made me eat every single word I’ve ever said against YA tropes. I loved them all. And I’m not even sure if it was ironically? I was just straight up entertained.
Tropes in a nutshell: Meira is part of a group of outcasts trying to take back their kingdom of Winter & free their people from the evil kingdom of Spring (that sentence might sound cheesy but the worldbuilding is seriously so great). But before that happens, she gets to angst over whether she likes Mather, the only guy she’s ever known who’s remotely around her age, or Theron, the prince of the kingdom where Meira’s squad flees to. So obviously the guys have to take of their shirts and swordfight over her…
The whole story was basically a series of hilariously convenient moments where something showed up at the exactright time. I was just laughing and rolling with whatever came up the whole way through because the plot never, ever got dull. Throughout the whole thing I was just like
I really did like Meira for the most part, too! She had some odd moments of judgement where she’d trust her dreams more than what was happening in real life, but I liked that she was tough and had realistic thoughts & reactions. She’s a believable warrior. I saw the plot twist coming from the first chapter, but the way it was revealed was perfect.
I honestly didn’t mind this love triangle, either! I liked both Mather and Theron… I couldn’t get as strong of a sense of Theron but hopefully the next book clears that up. Right now everything’s grand.
The worldbuilding was seriously awesome, too. I just really love snow, so any story that mentions an icy area gets automatic stars.
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