📖 BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN (Frozen Sun Saga #1) BY JILL CRISWELL
(TW: on page death, grief, abandonment, battle scenes)
↠↠Publisher: Blackstone Release
↠↠Date: August 6th 2019
↠↠Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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 war lord 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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I very much enjoyed this fantasy book!!!!!! ESPECIALLY THE ROMANCE!
Lira and Reyker are enemies-to-lovers, and have to overcome a language barrier + learning to trust one another wholeheartedly. But they somehow manage to become one another’s favorite person, with undying loyalty and support.
At one point he holds her in his lap as a gesture of comfort. ONE OF MY FAVORITE ROMANTIC THINGS ❤
The world-building was also very interesting, especially the clan aspect. Each cultural group has its own belief system and politics (another element Lira and Reyker have to learn about one another)
The main thing I wasn’t a fan of was how abruptly the plot moved and setting shifted. (overall the whole book could’ve been longer)
But other than that, I wouldn’t change anything about this book!!!!!!! I can’t wait to read more of the series 💜
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).
Prize: Win (1) of (3) BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN bundles: a signed copy of the book and some author swag (a bookmark, pendant, and magnet) [INT]
Start Date: August 14th, 2019 | End Date: August 28th, 2019
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