Published October 14th 2014
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.
I’d seen this book around a lot and I’ve had it on my shelf for almost a year but I just never got around to it. But I’m glad I finally picked it up!
I loved the concept of this book! I love that the kingdoms are split into seasons. That’s such an amazing idea to me. I did wish there was a little more world building just because I almost loved the world more then the actual story.
I did really like the characters. I started to like them a lot more towards the end and I really started to know
The writing style was really unexpected to me. It was very deceptive and it was a little much for a YA book. It kind of made the book drag on. But it wasn’t awful by all means. I just wasn’t expecting it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m very curious to see what happens next.