Review: Kingdom of Ice and Bone by Jill Criswell

Hey all! Today, I’m excited to share my review of Kingdom of Ice and Bone, which is the sequel to Beasts of the Frozen Sun, which I reviewed (and loved) last year!

Thank you to Favourite Pages and the publisher for including me on this tour and sending me an ARC of the book! Check out the rest of the blog tour schedule here, and check out my Instagram for a cute photo of this book series!


About the Book

Title: Kingdom of Ice and Bone

Author: JIll Criswell

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

POV: 1st Person

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: 9/22/2020

Page Count: 437 pages

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Synopsis:

Lira and Reyker have lost everything. Including each other.

Lira of Stone watched her home burn and her clan fall beneath the sword of the warlord known as the Dragon. She believes the man she loves, a warrior who defected from the Dragon s army, is dead. Alongside her exiled brother and his band of refugees, she will fight the forces that conquered her island. But the greatest danger may come from Lira herself with the blood of banished gods running through her veins, she s become a weapon, and no one is safe from the power of her wrath.

Reyker Lagorsson thought he was done being a Dragonman. That was before he saw Lira leap from a cliff and vanish into the sea. Determined to honor her memory by protecting her people, Reyker must feign loyalty to the warlord, undermine him at every turn, and seek alliances with renegade soldiers without succumbing to the battle-madness that threatens to possess him once more.

When the Fallen Ones offer Lira a chance to defeat the Dragon, her quest leads her to a place she never expected Iseneld, the warlord s homeland. Her journey into the heart of the Frozen Sun will put her on a collision course with Reyker, costing both of them more than they ever imagined, and leaving her with a terrible choice: to save their countries, she must forsake everything she loves.


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).

Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


Review

Pros

  • A ton of character growth!
  • Very fun viking/celtic story
  • The worldbuilding was very
  • THE ENDING (I NEED THE NEXT BOOK ASAP!)

Cons

  • A bit more slower paced than the first book
  • THE ENDING (I NEED THE NEXT BOOK ASAP!)
  • The fact that Lira and Reyker aren’t together very often in this book
  • Less action scenes than the first book

I’ll start out by saying that this review will definitely contain spoilers for the first book, as the book picks up right where the last one left off. Lira and Reyker are separated and think that the other is dead. Because of this, we don’t get too much of the pair together, which was disappointing. There were a ton of times when the pair crossed paths but just missed each other, which was so frustrating (in a good way!) to read! It definitely happens in real life, so seeing it happen in a book wasn’t too unrealistic.

I definitely loved how Lira grew as a character since the first book. She’s not the girl who’s future was almost completely controlled by her father, but a badass who runs her own life and has people to avenge. Reyker was more or less the same, but he’s already a complex character, so I’ll give him a break.

For me, the pacing was a bit off in this book, probably because there were less action-packed scenes than the first one. It dragged in some places and at times I wished that I could speed through some parts.

All in all, I’ll give Kingdom of Ice and Bone 3.5 stars. I’ll definitely be back for the sequel next year!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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