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The Cold King [Kindle Edition]

Amber Jaeger
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of The Hemlock Bay Series comes a new retelling of an old tale…

… Not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every Beauty is a maiden just waiting for love…

Calia Thorn has lived her entire life in a small town sheltered by the Cold King’s mountain. Working day and night to care for her younger siblings, complete her unending chores and please her selfish, lazy mother has left her with few dreams for her own future.

But then even those meager hopes are taken from her when the Cold King comes down from his mountain to demand a new servant. Ungraceful, unladylike, undesired and unwanted by even her own family, Calia is chosen to be sent to the palace.

The Cold King has lived for three hundred years under a curse imposed by his own father. With no hope of ever breaking it, he settles for keeping his heart frozen against any pain— or hope.

When his new servant arrives, she challenges him in ways no one ever has and sparks fly. But not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every beauty is a maiden just waiting for love.

Sometimes happily ever after isn’t so easy…


The Cold King is a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast.


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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sense. This book has none. December 15, 2013
By Crystal
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Cold King is a bad book. In general, I don't look for excellence in my romance novels. I enjoy them after a long day to take my mind off of work, and I'm more than willing to let some details slide. Maybe the author didn't do their research perfectly, but so what? It was entertaining.

However, I occasionally come across a book so bad that even with my brain turned off it still hurts to read, and the Cold King is one of them. To be frank, the setting of this book is badly fleshed out, and I don't feel it deserves the rating it has. Let me elaborate on why.

1) Characterization is flawed and uninspiring

a) The Cold King is greatly feared, but aside from some personal quirks, he really doesn't seem like such a bad guy. Wearing a mask and imprisoning a man for stealing a rose doesn't make you a tyrant or a demon - it makes you a theatrical jerk with a love for melodrama. Cruel and unusual deaths, rape, taxes that cannot be borne, oppression of the populace, obsession... those make a king worthy of fear, and the Cold King really just seems too nice for all that.

b) Calia is a weak protagonist described as a strong one. It seems like she's being set up to be a strong woman, but when push comes to shove she shows no spunk, wit, or strength of character. She breaks very fast for someone who's being fed regularly, and she just lets herself be pushed along by fate (you know, she didn't have to go to the palace; she COULD have packed and left to seek her fortune somewhere else. She also could have kicked the Cold King in the nits a couple of times, just because locking your servants up is a very good way to inspire disloyalty. Consequences would have been dire, but I would have been very happy.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hot King February 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love beauty and the beast stories. This book is decidedly different then most variations. It is refreshing and wonderfully written. The characters were fleshed out very nicely and are much more believable then talking clocks and candlesticks ( though I do love the Disney version). The transformation of the beast is gradual and at times painful, but it is done in such a way that does not seem far fetched or forced. A wonderfully romantic fairy tale that leaves you happily sighing at the end ( although I do think that it needed at least one more kiss in it). The only other thing that I wondered about that wasn't really explained was how the beasts servants assumed that calia could break the curse. The king didnt even know how to break it, so why did the servants suspect she could? When she first spoke to him about his curse she suggested true love would break him free. And the second thing I wondered, when she first arrives the servants whisper about how she is different from the others. I believe it, but I would have liked a bit ore insight on his past girls and what exactly made her seem so different. This was a wonderful book which I will read again and again. An instant favorite. I am very picky about the books and authors I read. Most of the books I open I don't even finish because they are not worth my time. Not true with this book!! Well done Amber Jaeger! I will be looking for more books by you. Also as a quick side note, for this who care- the editing and spelling in this book were meticulously correct. I only noticed two small errors. Now stop reading reviews and buy this book!!! You will never regret the time spent with the cold king and his lady. :)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! April 1, 2013
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- a more beleiveable beauty and the beast

- good character development; characters feel like real people

- great storyline; it will suck you in

-clean and smut free without feeling like a pre teen romance book

Yes we have all heard the beauty and the beast story a hundred times, but this book is completely fresh. It centers most on the interactions and character development of Calia and the Cold King. What makes these characters so real is their imperfections and how the two are perfectly imperfect for each other. Great story for all ages.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been great, but... July 1, 2013
By Heidi
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I, too, am a sucker for retellings of the Beauty and the Beast story. However, for anyone to even compare this book to Robin McKinley's book is ludicrous. Her story was a polished work of literature. This effort was amateurish and almost juvenile. It was an interesting twist on the story and so much could have been done with the premise, but the characters and dialogue were childish, the descriptions shallow and incomplete. Certain words like "horrible" and "terrible" were overused. Important background information was never divulged, subplots were abandoned, and it just seemed unfinished in so many ways. I just can't recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So much potential wasted August 19, 2013
By Valerie
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If you must read this book because all of the great reviews have convinced you to get it, make sure you borrow it through the Prime borrow program. It is not worth even the $2.99. This could have been a great book. It had all the bones of a good book in the making but the main character just drove me crazy. I couldn't have cared less what happened to her. I didn't see how she was so "special" that had the other servants wondering if she was the "one". I did not see how she got voted to go to the Cold King in the first place. Her back story was slim and didn't set up the tone well. I didn't see why everyone in town avoided her. And then the Cold King's treatment of her at first was to help her settle in better? Really? And she cried. A lot. About everything. I want a little backbone in my heroine. In the end this is a lot of potential wasted. And please, please, authors everywhere, stop using "shocked" all the time. Just a personal pet peeve. Get a dictionary and a thesaurus and find another word, any other word. It seems like all characters go around in a constant state of shock, especially the heroine. Stop it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Tortured doormat and the jerk' version of 'Beauty and the beast'
Calia is unloved by her mother(who is shown to be an extremely greedy and awful human being), thought to be ugly(being tan does not equal ugly- dont worry dear readers once her... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by logicat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I chose the rating I did because I loved reading this book. Amber Jaeger weaves an intricate retelling of beauty and the beast... Read more
Published 1 day ago by kerryandam08
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy, clean read
This story is a fun twist to the original plot. It was easy to read and enjoyable. I would recommend this book.
Published 4 days ago by Rachel Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very nice twist on Beauty and the Beast.
Published 12 days ago by Cynthia Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
This was the one super good book I've read in a while I LOVE I mean I LOVE IT I cannot stop reading it
Published 19 days ago by Mickeal Ades
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!
reminded me of beauty and the beast! Love the story. kept me interested and read very quickly. it's hard to find a good book that's makes you feel the emotions of the character. Read more
Published 1 month ago by megan thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars Rough Draft - Not a polished manuscrpt
As proponent and fan of self-pub, I salute those authors with the chutzpah to publish their own book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by guttersnipe
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!!!
It is a great book for children, (Overlooking the bad language) Considering I'm a picky reader, I give it one hundred stars. Also check out the Fire king. I LOVE AMBER JAEGER
Published 1 month ago by Jean S. Lasker
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a good book. The Cold King really had a heart ...
This was a good book. The Cold King really had a heart of gold. His servants loved him. Calia was a good match for him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dovefan
3.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Beast with typos
A modified version of beauty and the Beast. I would have given it 4 stars, but the typos got worse as the story progressed. I would read another book by this author, however.
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Amber Jaeger lives and works in beautiful West Michigan with her family. She is the author of Falling, Winter's Dream, The Cold King and The Fire King. She continues to work on The Hemlock Bay Series and other works when she's not busy being a mom, wife or nurse.

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