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Fantasy of Frost (The Tainted Accords Book 1)

by Kelly St Clare

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The world in Fantasy of Frost relies on a unique premise: two worlds, in rotation near one another, one hot and one cold. These two worlds exist in a symbiotic relationship, the weather mildest and most bearable on the sections that are closest to one another.

It’s a fantastic idea to build upon, and St. Clare does a good job of drawing out this basic premise into two rich and very different cultures.

Olina, the main character, has lived always veiled and under the cruel hand of her mother, the ruler of the warmer world. Olina is an engaging character who bends to the abuse she suffers, but never quite breaks. Instead, she makes heartbreaking compromises in the hopes that one day, she will be ruler and able to steer her own fate. Despite being reserved, she has a quiet strength to her that’s refreshing to read in comparison to the loud, brash heroine or the weak-willed ones that seem so prevalent in YA fantasy nowadays.

The story itself starts out slow, with some fantasy conventions I’ve seen before (oppressed noble child, oppressed noble child secretly learning stuff behind oppressor’s back, forbidden love). I’d recommend sticking with it, though, because the story throws an unexpected curveball into the mix about a quarter of the way into the book, and things start moving more quickly from there, with the stakes growing higher and broader than Olina and her personal troubles.

The first book very nicely sets up the next one, leaving you wanting more while still feeling satisfied with the plot arc and revelations in book one.

In short, a lovely, compelling read with a good set-up for book two.

Recommended if you like: unique worldbuilding, a reserved but strong heroine, fish-out-of-water tales, plot twists, puppies (seriously, PUPPIES). ( )
  AndreaGS | Mar 30, 2015 |
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