Scalding Ice and Goldfire: Dark Fantasy Romance (Lost Souls Series Standalone) Kindle Edition
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I went into this book knowing which characters from Incanta would be at the center. While I did not know who Lyvie was specifically, I had a gut feeling that this tale would be of the girl who approached Zeitlin when he was sitting with Cytriah. I was mostly curious about this book due to the fact that Zeitlin is a character that has not had it easy and while he made horrible choices in Incanta, we also found out that he has suffered greatly in this dark world that Avie Adams has created so eloquently! I really wanted to find out more about Zeitlin's background and what happened to him to make him do the things he does.....and boy does Adams deliver. She fleshed his icy character out completely and you can't help but feel dismayed.
Lyvie, on the other hand, seems to be a character that witnesses much horror around her, while being involved with it herself. I feel she is a character that is meant to witness what is happening in the plot, more than a character who truly drives what actually happens. We start with her being accepted into a chapel for her new Reviver....and I was just as dismayed as she was to find out that she is to be a second Incanta....not a first. This doesn't bode well for Lyvie at all, as the first Incanta seems to hate her on sight. This fuels Lyvie's need to be in The Tower, wanting to drink, relax. fall in love with a man. She wants to escape this hell she seemingly has been thrust into.
Lyvie comes across as a girl stuck in mad infatuation. She falls headlong into lust over Zeitlin upon first seeing him....and things only go downhill from there, as he is not a man to be struck by desire, ruined as he is. In the peripheral, we have Reviver Ree, a kind man who becomes friends with Lyvie...a man who loves her yet gets nothing from her in return, as she is blind to the cold indifference she receives from the man she desperately wants.
The twists and turns in this book had me truly excited with all the outcomes. Some of it made me sad, horrified, and others I expected. This book was excellently written and edited. I think the only issue I have is that these books are simply too short. 200 pages can equate to 2-3 hours for me, if not less.
The Lost Souls series by Avie Adams has turned into my new favorite series that I've read this year. It's the biggest surprise for me of the year as well. These books are true gems. And this one, Scalding Ice and Goldfire ended up being my favorite of them all. I absolutely loved it and could not put the book down.
This book takes place around the same time as Incanta Soul-Catcher but revolves mainly about Lyvie, a new Incanta who got a place with a Reviver in a chapel where she doesn't have it easy at all being a second Incanta to the first Incanta loaths her and really has it out for Lyvie. In the meanwhile she gets hopelessly infatuated with the coldhearted Zeitlin (who we also know from Incanta)
As flawed as she was, I really liked Lyvie. She really goes through hell during this book, but we can also see a big change in her towards the end. It was such great character developement! Her obsession with Zeitlin was quite intense, slightly extreme and sometimes I wondered why she did this to herself but it all did serve a purpose in the end, which I was glad about.
I'm also glad this book delved more into the character of Zeitlin because it made me look at him in a whole different way than I did in Incanta. He has suffered so many awful things in his life so I understand him more now and his decisions. It totally changed my whole perspective of him.
There were so many new secondary characters that I just loved. Mari and Ree were my two favorites. As well as Kair, who I thought was pretty brilliant. Mari was such a good friend to Lyvie and I just really adored Ree and kept wishing he would end up with Lyvie (of course I won't say if they do end up together. No spoilers!)
And just like I said before in my reviews of the other books, the writing is absolutely gorgeous. My opinion on that will probably never change. It's a delight to read this book word for word, page after page, chapter after chapter.
Overall, Scalding Ice and Goldfire by Avie Adams was yet another great addition to the Lost Souls series. The world the author has created is so very unique and addictive. I really can't get enough these dark fantasy books. I loved it!
I volunteered to review a free copy of this book.
The characters were stellar; they pulled on my little heartstrings like crazy. This one was more emotional compared to the first two books but in every good way possible and very well done. It was nice to read about an Incanta who was ok and was romantically emotional. The main character was more human and relatable (the other books made the characters otherworldly and not quite human).
The world building was again very good. Avie Adams seems to continue to build onto her world through every book, building the culture and the surroundings. Very immersive, beautiful, and dark imagery.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy.