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, 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.
This was a reread for me and I listened to the audiobook. I’m glad I chose the audio because it was so well done. I didn’t like Meira at first because she was annoying. Always asking to go for the dangerous missions, which I could understand her motivation. She wanted to be valuable for Winter, but she was more important than she knew. She grew and I really liked her growth.
The magic in this story is so interesting. I remember bits and pieces of what’s to come with the next books and it made me all the more excited to continue my reread. I think the magic (that we learn of in this first book) is explained well and has mostly clear boundaries. It makes sense within the world.
I don’t totally love the idea of the potential love triangle, but I’m also not super mad about it. The romance is very light in this first book, but I know it will go further in the next book and I’m excited for it.
I think the villain was a great one. He’s evil, but it’s also not totally his fault. I think he was a really well done bad guy.
Overall, I’m excited to continue my reread and I think this is a series that many will love.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.