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Shards of Ice: An M/M Retelling of 'The Snow Queen' (Grim and Sinister Delights Book 9) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : September 29, 2020
- File Size : 1281 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 190 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B08D8R4L42
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : B08H5BYG14
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #100,531 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I loved the plot. It keep me wondering about the actions on the characters, particularly Kai, who was far from predictable. It made things so much more interesting. I also loved the way he made me feel. There so many time I wanted to just yell at him and I just love when a book makes me feel such strong emotions. Tristan was also a nice character, maybe not as fascinating as Kai, but still very nice. Avery was also so intriguing. I loved everything about him, yet I cant really say I like him, but I guess I'm not supposed to. His dialogues were the best. He had me rereading what he said and thinking about it frecuently.
I did had things few things I didn't liked. At the beginning it took me a while to get fully interested on the story, but once it got my attention, I found it hard to stop reading. Also, I didn't loved the ending, mostly because I would like so much more dificulties than they actually had t, but that would be only me, who loves angst, I guess other readers will have a good time.
Overall, A great book, absolutely recommeded, but consider the warning tags before reading.
Shards of Ice by R. Phoenix is part of the Grim and Sinister Delights series and is a dark retelling of Hans Cristian Andersen’s The Snow Queen set in an m/m format. Be forewarned the trigger warnings here should be believed but even though this is decidedly a twisted version of an old story it is done so very well with compelling characters and a created world that will knock your socks off. Author R. Phoenix has given us a place where the veil between the magical realm of the fae and other mythical creatures and the human world is easily breached. One would do well to remember that faeries can be good and bad but they all demand a price when granting another a favor—sometimes the price can be steep as is the case for young man named Kai who is left badly injured in the snow after being mugged. He is helped by a white haired stranger named Avery.
Before long, Kai is seeing Avery everywhere and slowly but surely, and despite his long time feelings of love for his best friend, Tristan, he begins to fall under Avery’s spell. Then Kai makes a promise—and everything changes. From emotional subjugation and abuse to knife play the torture Avery inflicts both terrifies and arouses Kai. He is totally enthralled but Tristan is not out of the game yet—he too has a special secret and if he can pierce the magical hold Avery has over Kai then perhaps the two men who have always loved one other can find their way back to who and where they long to be—together.
This author does dark and multi-layered plots so well. It’s not just that we so often despair that good is not going to triumph it’s also the visceral quality of an evil so twisted and malevolent that you must acknowledge how when something is just so bad it is actually done so well. That’s how Avery is for me—a character I almost loved to hate. There is also this revelation in the story that love will win…eventually. It will be a hard fought, desperate fight with lots of pain and some sacrifice but in the end Kai and Tristan will get what they truly want—each other—and really, in any fairy tale who could ask for more?
Superb writing aside (it's a givin), there is so much to love here. The gut punches every time Kai was cruel to Tristan. The alluring yet terrifying atmosphere Avery brought with him every time he showed up. The truly terrifying fae. That BEAUTIFUL epilogue. I know! I just complimented an epilogue. There's a first time for everything.
I don't want to say much because I don't think it's explicitly stated and if you have any experience with R Phoenix's books you know her endings could go either way. What I will say is that I did love the ending. It was so sweet a wonderful wrap up. BUT if it had gone the other direction I can't say I'd be mad because I was high key feelin' Avery. Don't come for me. I said what I said. Five stars because Tristan is the sweetest little cinnamon roll who needs to be protected at all cost.
Also I just want to put it out there, even though I know it's never going to happen, but Rissa, sis. If you wanted to do something with that epilogue none of us would be mad. I don't even care if it's just a scene and a half, I'll take what I can get.