Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Cursed by Ice

Cursed by Ice
Cursed by Ice by Jacquelyn Frank

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have not read the previous book (and didn’t realize there was one until this one started), but I think it reads fine as a standalone. It was like a mix between a historical and paranormal romance, with a mythical spin.

Garreth is the second brother awakened after a horrible curse. He went along with his brother’s foolish plan to search out immortality only to get trapped freezing to death over and over again, unable to escape. His brother, Dethan, eventually works out a deal to free him to fight for a goddess, but he is still forced to endure the freezing torture once every night. This has obviously led to a very bitter sort of happiness between the two. While happy to be free, Garreth is essentially still a prisoner, forced to search out war in a goddess’s name and freeze to death on a nightly basis. All of that changes when they attack a city inhabited by a warrior woman who will not be defeated.

Sarielle has been held captive under threat of punishment for her little sisters. She went to great lengths to obtain the power to control a dragon-like creature. During Garreth’s raid, she is forced to let loose the creature on them only to find it gravely injured. After the fighting is over and it becomes clear that she was being forced to fight against them, Garreth immediately orders aid for her. She and the creature are linked at the soul level which means she produces the same injuries it has. Through the journey to save her, Garreth develops some pretty strong feelings. Much girl drama and brother drama ensue, but we ultimately get a nice happy ending (with some caveats). If historical fiction is your thing, this series will probably suit you well.

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