Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel NeumeierIn this gorgeous, dark fantasy in the spirit of Jacqueline Carey, a princess and a duke must protect the people of their nations when a terrible threat leaves everyone in danger.
With the Mad King of Emmer in the north and the vicious King of Pohorir in the east, Kehara Raehema knows her country is in a vulnerable position. She never expected to give up everything she loves to save her people, but when the Mad King’s fury leaves her land in danger, she has no choice but to try any stratagem that might buy time for her people to prepare for war—no matter the personal cost.
Hundreds of miles away, the pitiless Wolf Duke of Pohorir, Innisth Eanete, dreams of breaking his people and his province free of the king he despises. But he has no way to make that happen—until chance unexpectedly leaves Kehara on his doorstep and at his mercy.
Yet in a land where immanent spirits inhabit the earth, political disaster is not the greatest peril one can face. Now, as the year rushes toward the dangerous midwinter, Kehera and Innisth find themselves unwilling allies, and their joined strength is all that stands between the peoples of the Four Kingdoms and utter catastrophe.
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Winter of Ice and Iron
Sometimes a release late the year has its advantages. I closed the book already aching for more of the characters and setting, and immediately settled in for a reread. Add to Bag. There is a depth and gravity to this world, with a magic system deeply grounded in a sense of place. In exchange, the powerful beings sap the life force of those who serve.
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Winter of Ice and Iron is spellbinding. Neumeier is unhurried in her story telling, slowly building us a world as cold as you could imagine, and characters that range from instantly likeable to prickly with a good heart., Thank you!
If Ms. Rachel ever held a "how to write speculative fiction" workshop, I might just have to open the door to my introvert-hobbit-home and be there with bells on. Or, at least think about it for more than thirty seconds. I've only read her YA stuff so far I hadn't even heard of this one, but I've been living my life with a head in a bucket lately. So, yay for this review. I'm going straight away to pick this one up