I feel like this book snuck up on me. I had tried, twice before this, to start this book and get into it. Needless to say, I failed.
But this time, it felt like gauntlet had been thrown; a challenge issued. Also, I’d just finished reading three books that left me rather underwhelmed. I needed fantasy — I needed action and adventure.
I needed young men letting out their testosterone-and-hormone-filled frustrations in shirtless swordfights.
This is YA heroic fantasy at top form, even if it does take about 90-ish pages to really get going. Once it gets going, however, it really doesn’t let up until the finale. I must say, I was more than impressed with how much action there was in this book!
For me, action > romance.
The “love triangle” of sorts takes a serious back seat to the plot — thank the gods! — and my only hope is that it doesn’t, therefore, dominate the bulk of the second book. And, yes, I am actually excited there’s a second book. While this novel closed up its primary conflict beautifully, there’s definitely more of this world left to explore and some questions still left unanswered.
I’m ready to watch the kingdom of Winter rise again.