November 22, 2020

#BookReview: Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Frozen Sun Saga #1) by Jill Criswell






Synopsis: Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.

Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people's souls, to see someone's true essence with only a touch of her hand.

When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland--one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun--Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he's been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.

As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira's life, for Reyker's soul, and for their peoples' freedom has only just begun.



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Rating: ⭐
My Review: I think that if you enjoy adult fantasy then this one might be up your ally.  With the way that this story is being told I felt that it was closer to adult fantasy vs. young adult.  I felt very confused right at the start of this one and that just never left.  This one just wasn't for me in any form.  












Review

"Beasts of the Frozen Sun sweeps the reader into a lush and vivid world of magic and betrayal, crowned by a heroine who captivates from the first pages and a love story powerful enough to bring time to a standstill. An amazing debut."

--Erin Beaty, author of the Traitor's Circle trilogy

"Beasts of the Frozen Sun is a fierce saga, beautifully told, that will transport readers to a time of magic and gods, battles and clan warfare. A totally engrossing and epic adventure-I couldn't get enough of Lira and Reyker's story."

--Jessica Leake, author of Beyond a Darkened Shore and Through the White Wood

"A fast-paced, epic tale, a brilliantly imagined world, unforgettable characters, and a wonderful love story-Beasts of the Frozen Sun is a great start to what should be a compelling new series."

--Juliet Marillier, award-winning fantasy author of the Blackthorn & Grim and Sevenwaters series



"This intense, action-packed start to a series offers star-crossed lovers against a brutal backdrop and violent tests of loyalty. Criswell's world-building is particularly noteworthy, and the mythology and reality of Lira and Reyker's world are captivating. VERDICT: Purchase for fans of Game of Thrones-inspired fantasy." --School Library Journal

About the Author

Jill Criswell is a writer of young adult historical fantasy. 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). She is the author of Beasts of the Frozen Sun, the first book in the Frozen Sun Saga.










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