Daughter of Sun, Bride of Ice (Ice and Fate Duology) Paperback – August 18, 2019
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It was overall very depressing.
The main character, at one point would be intelligent and reasonable then at times childish and frivolous. I’m not sure if I like her. And the part with her combing her hair.
This....was the most annoying part of the book. The fascination with African American/Black people hair..comparing it to wool...that got old quick. And it drove home the point that this author didn’t seem comfortable writing a black character.
The love interest Kay, is great in the first 60% of the book then lapse into this drunken fool, clueless fool.
The king is a moron. A moron with too much power. The other characters were just white noise.
The story started out ok, with a great journey. Then the author kills off all the supporting characters midway. It seemed pointless and manipulative. This wasn’t the only way Kay and the princess could of been together. It cheapened the story.
So, Kay and the princess bonds ....who saw that coming. (Eye roll) Obviously they are meant to be but his father and aunt disagrees. Sigh. I feel like they were being mean to him for the sake of being mean. It felt hollow.
The story and plot was kinda boring. The whole boy and girls love save the world ..is kinda overdone. Honestly I didn’t care about their kingdom.
Just dry and kinda boring...
A strong, out spoken heroine, a hero who seems not to be who he claims, a prophesy that needs to be fulfilled, a rare type of magic, a long and dangerous journey; these are the familiar elements that form the base of the story. But as any chef knows, it is not the ingredients that make the dish, but how they are put together. HL Burke weaves a compelling story that draws you into her world.
While this book contains a full story arc, it ends on a serious cliff hanger, which is to be expected as it is advertised as a duology.
I'm eager to read the sequel, and I'm looking forward to another visit to Frorheim!
The worldbuilding, the plots and plans, the relationship between Kajik and his brother, and of course our fiery princess Arynne is amazing! Love Burke's humor that she weaves through, along with plenty of moments of heart. The romance is adorable, the villain is awful.
I picked this book up to reread and it broke me out of a mental health slump, as well as a reading slump, and I love books that can do that. Highly recommend this book and the sequel!
You know when everything is going wrong for the poor characters and you're just silently screaming trying to figure out how it's all going to get worked out? Yeah, that's this book. 😅 It also has that thing of "oh, yeah, I see where this is going" but in a good way, like where you're in anticipation and it's just thoroughly enjoyable. Ya know?
Anyway--I love fiery, stands-her-ground Arynne. And Kajik is exactly the kind of sassy, charming, hurting, layered hero I adore. Can't figure out how to say morre without spoilers...
The world is so fascinating and cool!
Also...so much cringing secondhand embarrassment 😆. Poor characters.
I dove straight into the second book--you'll want to have both!
Arynne, an orphan and the ward of her brother the King of Solea, is the princess who volunteers to return to Frorheim. She has ulterior motives. She has heard (via her servant, who was originally from Frorheim) that she would be welcome to use her magic skills there, unlike in Solea where her gifts are frowned upon. Arynne is impetuous but tender-hearted, and the journey to Frorheim is fraught with danger and risk. She’s not the only one with ulterior motives: there are things that she hasn’t been told and people who don’t want her to arrive.
H. L. Burke is great at building complex worlds, and this book did not disappoint. Her character development is fantastic and the interpersonal relationships of the various family members are easily relatable. Sibling rivalry, brotherly loyalty, a father with Denethor complex, it’s all there. No spoilers here; I’ll just say that this story was well worth my time.
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You might at first not find the heroine that likeable but hang in there, it gets to be an absolute page-turner!