A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
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’ve been in a really big high fantasy mood lately, so when this book arrived in the mail, I read it immediately. I have also heard a lot of great things about this book on instagram, which is for obvious reasons, so that made me more excited to read it.
I was in the middle of my midterm when I read the book. Imagine the struggle that I had to deal with in choosing whether I wanted to continue reading or study. I chose both. I managed to make time to read this book. This book was THAT GOOD that I couldn’t put it down when I had to.
What I loved most about this book is the world building. I think the author did a really good job with it. I could easily differentiate Kingdoms in a Season (Winter, Spring, Autumn, and Summer) because they have different topography and the people have distinct features as well according to their Season, for example, Winterians have blond/white hair and pale skin.
If you don’t know me already, I adore a badass female character. I don’t know why (maybe it’s just my feminist heart). I love how Meira is so good in using her chakram and she fights well too. There were times when she doubted herself, if this is the right place for her, what can she do to help and fight for Winter. It all has a lot to do with her not remembering much about Winter because she was still very young when Winter fell. So, she had a lot of conflicts with her inner self about wanting to prove herself to Sir.
This book didn’t have much romance in it as compared to other high fantasy books. But I still really liked the romance. When Theron appeared in the book, I fell immediately in love with him. He was so caring and understanding. He knew and understood Meira’s feelings because in some ways they shared lots of things in common. I also love how Theron was so artsy with writing poems and he had paintings in his room and books too.
Over all, I give this book 4.5/5 stars. If you’re looking for a high fantasy book to read, check this one out. You won’t regret it.