Hello everyone! I’m back with another Blog Tour review, this time for Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell! If you want to hear what I thought about this action packed book and also enter for a chance to win a prize pack, stay tuned!
About the Book
Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.
Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.
When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.
As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.
About the Author
Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).
Beasts of the Frozen Sun was unlike anything I’ve ever read! It features intense danger, a slow burning romance, and worldbuilding that will suck you in from the first page.
The story follows Lira, a girl with a gift that allows her to read people’s souls. With this gift, she can view memories and feel emotions locked away inside someone. This was such a unique gift, and I enjoyed getting to learn about what she can or can’t see with that gift.
There were a lot of really cool elements to this story that really made it shine for me. One was the language gap between Lira and Reyker! Too often in fiction do characters from opposing cultures (or even planets!) speak the same language, which seems more like narrative convenience to me. The gap between Lira and Reyker goes on for a long time, and I enjoyed their early interactions more because of it.
Another element that I loved was the supernatural/religious lore in the book. We learn a lot about the gods worshipped both in Lira’s land and in Reyker’s. The gods play a big role in some parts of the plot, so I’m glad that Criswell included a lot of detail about this.
Also, we totally need to talk about Reyker! He was such a complex and deep character. I loved how protective and devoted to Lira he could be. He was written in such a way that he’s obviously a powerful warrior, but he doesn’t overshadow Lira’s own strength! They’re romance didn’t start with insta-love, and in fact they seemed to be at odds for a while, before circumstances drive them together.
I also want to talk about our villain, Draki. He’s actually dangerous, and terrifying, and powerful. From the first time we see him on the page, he’s already menacing and pretty awful, and he only gets worse as time goes on. He’s definitely not the sympathetic villain type, but in this book, where we have other villians as well, I don’t think that’s too much of a problem.
My only issue with the book was pacing. It starts off fast paced, but there are times when I just felt that it lulled a bit. (I can’t say where, as it would spoil things a bit!) Things picked up and became action packed again, but just be warned that there’s a bit of a lull to push through.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book! I can’t wait for the sequel! (That ending though!!!) 4.5/5 stars for me.
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Start Date: August 14th, 2019
End Date: August 28th, 2019
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