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Carlie has created two worlds in Of Ice & Air.
The Cloud Palace of Taivass-maa is where Princess Kailani grew up. The only world she’s ever known. That all changes on her 21st birthday. Her father promised to tell her about what happened to her mother all those years ago.
She’s shocked to find out she’s a child of two worlds, Taivass-maa, and her mother’s world, the Ice Palace of Idenvarlis.
Taivass-maa is as different from Idenvarlis as night and day. One a land of sun and clouds, soft and gentle. The other a land of snow and frigid cold. All hard edges and ice.
Kailani is a strong willed, confident young woman and she finds a way to get to Idenvarlis. Once there she’s acquainted with her other family and welcomed with open arms.
Kailani quickly masters the powers she’s been gifted from this new world, and already proficient in battle and armed with a natural instinct, she immediately sets off in search of her mother.
A quest filled with monstrous beasts and unforgiving lands, Kailani will be tested to her limits as she attempts to rescue her mother and return to the palace alive.
The world building is richly described. Each is vastly different but both have so much wonder. And with new worlds come new beasts. One has Feegles, small furry dragons large enough to carry a rider. The other has the Blenorai, beasts that look like a cross between lions and bears, and they carry you over the frozen tundra at dizzying speeds. What a fantastic thing to ride these creatures.
Start this book with one thing in mind. This is a fantasy with worlds beyond imagining. Let yourself go with the flow, set aside disbelief, and have grand adventures. Follow Kailani as she finds her place in both worlds. Watch out for the nasty beasts and those who try to stop her. And cross your fingers for a happy ever after.
I received an ARC copy for my honest review.
Kailani is headstrong and willful. Nothing gets in her way for long. She has the gifts of magic and empathic communication and is skilled in weaponry. She goes against her father’s wishes and disobeys her grandparents, venturing alone into a strange world with only her Blenorai-kai, an unusual, bearlike creature named Mishtag, for companionship.
The incidents and events that happen to her on her journey to the place she believes her mother was taken are creative, making for an intriguing tale.
The condition she finds her mother in is pitiful, and the journey back to safety is fraught with danger and betrayal.
This book should appeal to young women who are looking for role-models, and stories of strength and perseverance.
Carlie Cullen has created an interesting fantasy world, worlds actually, populated by some intriguing creatures. I was reminded of the classic Brothers Grimm stories in some respects. I liked that the creatures, domesticated and wild, were uniquely hers. She has a fertile imagination.
I found the pace good for the most part and there was plenty of action. Cullen does a good job with her battle scenes and I had no trouble understanding the action. However, I found the brutality of Garalia’s rape, while well written, off-putting and surprising for a novel of this kind. This is not a Young Adult book in my opinion.
I mostly read science fiction and thriller genres with an epic fantasy thrown in now and then. Cullen’s story is quite different for me and I found it difficult to relate to her characters—I suspect that the lack of an X chromosome may have something to do with it. I’ve given it three stars, not as a negative, but to indicate that for me, it wasn’t my cup of tea, but wasn’t a waste of my time either
I love letting my mind run free, to live in the fantasy of odd creatures and magical abilities that make all things possible. I rode the Blenorai with her, over the ice, through the Lost Mire and the Silent Forest to the Land of No Souls.
The adventure is long and treacherous, fraught with danger. She fights, surviving with the help of magic and her animal companions, the Blenorai.
Carlie Cullen creates strong characters and original worlds that awe and amaze. Her heroine will fight bloody battles against man and monster alike. Kailani is a warrior princess in every sense of the word.
The ending seemed a bit abrupt, but I can live with it. The story is finished and I got the ending I wanted. How can I be upset with that? I think I feel this way because I did not want the story to end. I love a book that makes me want more…more…more.
I received an ARC Of Ice and Air by Carlie Cullen in return for an honest review.
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