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Greta Kelly

Autor(a) de The Frozen Crown

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Obras por Greta Kelly

The Frozen Crown (2021) 166 exemplares
The Queen of Days (2023) 33 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th Century
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
USA
Locais de residência
Wisconsin, USA

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Greta K. Kelly is (probably) not a witch, death or otherwise, but she can still be summoned with offerings of too-beautiful-to-use journals and Butterfingers candy. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband EJ, daughters Lorelei and Nadia who are doing their level-best to take over the world.

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Not as good as The Frozen Crown but still quite good. I love how much Askia comes into her powers.
 
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eklein86 | Aug 14, 2022 |
When Radovan takes over the Kingdom of Seravesh, Princess Askia flees across the sea to Vishir to plead for help, only to end up in a tangled web of court politics.

Court intrigue and politics are some of my weaknesses when it comes to fantasy. I’ll gladly forego all the violence, blood, action, and ultimate battles for court intrigue. Give me a bunch of characters who manipulate each other, have ulterior motives, and hold your fate in their hands and I’m a happy reader. Except I was a little frustrated with Askia and her childish behavior, so The Frozen Crown was a bit of a disappointment.

The Plot: Interesting Court Intrigue

Princess Askia and her soldiers have been pushed out of Seravesh by the invading Rovan Empire, who worked with her usurping cousin. Idun is supposed to be a place of safety, but the Roven Empire is prowling on the edges. With her life in danger, Askia convinces her childhood friend, Prince Iskander of Vishir, to take her across the sea to Vishir so she can petition his father the Emperor for an army to drive out the Roven Empire.

But Vishir is not Seravesh. Even though she spent her childhood traveling Vishir with her late parents, Seravesh has become her home and she has no idea how to navigate the foreign halls. At every turn her Seravesh ways are met with resistance and mockery from the Vishiri court, until she learns to play the game to get what she needs.

There’s magic, danger, and court intrigue at every turn in The Frozen Crown. The story moves quickly as Vishiri court politics seem to be mercurial and Askia struggles to keep up. It’s a dizzying game with some surprises thrown in, but, at the same time, complications and roadblocks are expected, so aren’t complete surprises. It just begs the question of what’s going to happen next.

Overall, the story is quite simplistic: a princess trying to keep out of Radovan’s, the ruler of the Roven Empire, grasp by getting the attention of the Vishiri emperor so she can gain an army. Of course, there’s more to it that Askia needs to do in order to fulfill her needs. But it’s a simple story couched in court politics that changes with the wind.

But it also falls into what I think of as boring fantasy pitfalls. There’s a great deal of focus of the clothes and costumes the members of court wear, as well as large ceremonial gatherings that require special attire. Then there’s the focus on teaching Askia how to properly use her powers, which was mildly interesting, but felt like overly large scenes for smaller plot points.

Despite the stereotypical fantasy bits, The Frozen Crown presents an interesting enough story, but it’s really the ending that steals the show, taking a turn I didn’t expect. It’s a quick, easy, and uncomplicated read that attempts to throw curveballs.

The Characters: A Young Princess

Askia is a bold, outspoken princess who was raised far from the land she becomes heir to. With a mother from Seravesh and a father from Vishir, she grew up traveling Vishir, exposed to war and battle, until she was orphaned and tortured by the Shazir. It presents few problems to her, though, as she appears to carry trauma when it suits her. Instead, she attempts to march full force as a Seravesh princess into a foreign court that doesn’t take well to her presumption.

Askia is young, and it shows. I liked her fire, but was annoyed when she expected the Vishiri court to bend to her. She refused to play their games even though she needed them, so came off as a pampered brat with far too many love interests. The Frozen Crown isn’t listed as being YA, but, with Askia being so young and so impudent, I got a very strong YA vibe. Needless to say, I was not impressed with her. Nor was I impressed by the men who kept falling in love with her.

The one I was absolutely impressed with was the emperor’s primary wife. In Vishir, the emperor is married to a number of women in order to stitch the empire together. His first wife Ozura, though, rules over the other queens and it is she who determines if another woman will be allowed to enter court. She was strong and insightful and continually pushed Askia. She also had her softer moments and points, but I adored the strong hand she had and how self-assured she was.

There were a number of other characters surrounding Askia, from Prince Iskander to the head of her guard to her Vishiri lady-in-waiting, who helped round out the story and Askia. They were all interesting in their own ways and added a bit to the story, but also felt very one note.

The Setting: Polar Opposites, but Fascinating

Most of The Frozen Crown takes place in Vishir, but the lands north of it strongly reminded me of Russia. They were painted as being cold with heavy, white winters and full of evergreens. It’s also clearly European-inspired with fortresses and cold castles. Even though little of the story takes place there, it still left a strong impression on me, likely because it did feel so stereotypically European.

Vishir, on the other hand, is described as warm and sun drenched. It appears to be the polar opposite of the lands to the north. It’s full of bustling color, indulgences, and frivolities. It also made me think of Morocco. With the bold colors, fragrant foods, warm climate, and darker skinned characters than Askia and her people, I couldn’t shake the feeling Vishir is Moroccan-inspired. It was vibrant and beautiful. There was such a strong sense of place that the world was probably my favorite part of it, and I really wanted to stay in Vishir forever, even though women are more limited in what they are allowed to do and are often to blame for men’s actions.

The magic system was probably the most fascinating to me. Since a good portion of the story is focused on teaching Askia how to use her powers, there’s quite a bit given about it. I liked that there are two sides to the god, one that rules over magic and one that fosters a religious order that seeks to purge the land of witches. The powers themselves are well-described and it was easy to figure out what was in the realm of which power. I was a little disappointed the more elemental powers didn’t figure much in the story, but the other three (the powers of healers, truth witches, and death witches) were fascinating. With the way the book ended, I’m hoping for more exploration of the magic system in the next book.

Overall: Fun Court Intrigue, but Uncomplicated

The Frozen Crown is not a complicated book, but I did enjoy the court intrigue when Askia wasn’t annoying. Askia spoiled much of the book for me with her childish unwillingness to work with the system she desperately needed help from, even though she had grown up in and around the very same court. In theory, this was an interesting idea. In execution, I think the main character falls short and I have a hard time looking past her bad points to find an interesting story. Overall, not a bad start to the duology, but I hope Askia matures quickly in the second book into a figure worthy of being a queen.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a review copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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The_Lily_Cafe | 2 outras críticas | May 29, 2022 |
Strong female character, magic, messed up love...hexagon? Loved it!
 
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eklein86 | 2 outras críticas | May 27, 2022 |
Askia is determined to save her people. And the threats that she must face among the way are tremendous. She must face the Vishir's political games after being raised out of them and having little idea on how they work. She must determine who is friend and foe. And most of all she must determine how far and just what she will do to save her people.

This book was a wonderful book and I can't deny that by any means. It jumps straight into the story and even though it can be slightly confusing at first because you have to remember all the various names, various political and military positions, places, and such, it definitely keeps one interested. Askia is a wonderful character who tries to do her best and who thinks things through. She is fiercely loyal, especially to her people as well. I loved reading her story and I loved how I wasn't constantly getting annoyed because her decisions seemed frivolous or stupid. At one point she says, "I might not be beautiful, I thought. But I am strong." I think that this quote shows the real strength of her character and was my favorite quote from the book overall.

The system of magic seems wonderful and isn't to excessive or convoluted, which I personally adored. And Askia's relationship with her closest friend, Illya, that is something that I need to see the outcome of because honestly the pull there is strong and heart warming.

Kelly overall writes wonderfully and knows her pacing quite well. This book was one were you wanted to keep reading and don't want to stop. One that you could very well binge in one day because the twists and turns are well paced and interesting, to say the least. The ending is just the right amount of dramatic, in part I believe because of build up and the fact that it wasn't just something random and didn't feel rushed or thrown in.

In conclusion, I loved this book to a great degree and I will be putting the next novel on my to buy list and will be impatiently awaiting its release!!
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marple21 | 2 outras críticas | Dec 3, 2020 |

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Obras
3
Membros
268
Popularidade
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Avaliação
3.9
Críticas
4
ISBN
17
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