Summary (Via Goodreads): A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Like a lot of first books in high fantasy books there is a lot of world building, but at least with this world building kept you engaged in the story and also the characters.
I like Meira, she is basically Arya mixed and Cleo from Falling Kingdoms. While her character covers the trope of a young girl who wants to be warrior but gender norms keeps her from doing so. The story is framed differently Throughout the book she keeps getting visions from Hannah, who was the former Queen of Winter before its defeat, and in the end the visions actually means something.
I also like that there isn’t really a love triangle, or if it is, it is very down played. One is Mather is who set to be King of Winter, the other is Theron who at one point Meira was forced to marry in order to secure an alliance. I felt both of those characters lacked development but hopefully in future books will gain some character development.
Another side character is Sir, the main who raised Meira from when she was orphaned. He basically serves the Obi-Wan role in the book.
If I were to point out a negative I would say the villain. I didn’t feel that he had any type of development or was really any interesting. Another is the ending and how anti-climatic it felt, and how rushed it was.
In the end, I thought the book was great and excited to read the sequel.