Title: Lord of Snow and Ice
An innocent Beauty. A fearsome Beast. A dangerous passion.
Mystery and speculation surround “the Dark Prince,” a sorcerer who dwells in a kingdom cursed by endless winter. Though shunned by all, Prince Stellan secretly crusades against a zombie plague unleashed by his tyrannical father against the Five Lands. But only an alliance with Aldebaran will provide the support he needs to eradicate the plague once and for all.
Clarysa, daughter of the Aldebaran king, struggles under the weight of her role as princess. She yearns for adventure, but her father prefers to keep his youngest daughter safe within the palace walls. During one of her rare sanctioned trips beyond the walls of the castle, Clarysa comes face to face with the answer to her prayers.
She’s heard the tales of Stellan’s dangerous nature. She knows a romance with him is forbidden. But one smoldering glance draws her deep into a world of dark magic and sensuous rapture.
CONTENT WARNING: Magic, mayhem, and epic snowfall.
Author: Heather Massey
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: October 1, 2013
Genres: Fairytale Re-telling, Fantasy Romance
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I do love fairytale retellings and this one was no exception. The world and the characters were both wonderfully written and intriguing. I really liked Stellan and Clarysa. However I think a book about Lionel would be really awesome too.
I thought the romance between the two was well written and not predictable. Stellan had just enough coldness and sensitivity shown to really want to make you dig deeper to see which type of person he really was. Clarysa, I have to say would have been me if I lived in this world. I dislike getting all dressed up to go to balls and play political games. She knows what she wants and she tries to go after it although she didn’t always go about it the best way. Lionel, which is Clarysa’s cousin and Stellan’s friend was a really great character. He had a serious ego problem but he had fun and was always there for his cousin and friend. I would love to see him get his own book.
There was not really anything I did not like about the story though there were a couple of parts I thought was written a little awkward. I thought the villain did a good job of being evil and everything was explained very well. There were a couple twists to this story that I wasn’t expecting and I did really like the ending. I can’t help but wonder if there will be another book though because there is still Stellan’s father and Uncle that could pose a problem down the road?
All in all this was a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast as well as just an all-around good story. I recommend checking it out.