Book Title: Heart of Ice: Snow Queen
Book Author: K.M. Shea
Page Count: 227
Publishing Date: December 17, 2015
Publisher: Self Published
Date Read: July 30, 2017
Heart of Ice is elegantly enchanting. It is a faerietale for fantasy lovers. Shea has done an exceptional job with pulling you in to a story full of wonder, humor, and magic!
“Even if they say my magic is evil…I do not see it.”
The Plot: Princess Rakel has been exiled to her castle of ice since discovering her magical abilities as a little girl. Always living in fear of not being accepted by her people, and the possibility of execution from her royal family, Rakel’s life has been sheltered to making ice sculptures and living through the books in her library. All of that changes when the danger of an army of magic users threatens the villages nearest her castle. Can Rakel melt her fears and join ranks with the guards in charge of holding her prisoner to defend her kingdom, even if it means defending those who shun her for what could save them?
“Monster. Freak. Darkness-touched…But if I help them…things might change.”
I know a book is fantastic when I finish it in one day because I could not put it down! Heart of Ice is beautiful, charming, witty, and hilarious! It is lyrical and magical and the ending left me with hope of an even better sequel, and possibly romance! I felt like I was reading a Frozen version of The Princess Bride because Shea did an amazing job with writing an elegant faerietale that also had humor and theatrics! I could see it clearly in my mind! This book has such fantastic imagery, and the characters are exceptionally developed!
“Rakel’s magic leaped to life with the ferocity of a windstorm. It swirled in her veins and twined around her fingers.”
Rakel will forever be my Snow Queen! I am so in love with the beauty and grace of this character! She definitely does not have a heart of ice. She lived such a sheltered, shunned life that she did not deserve, and yet, she shows true beauty in her actions to try to save her people! She is a commanding presence with a pure soul and she is so powerful! I love that, even though she has a right to be skeptical of those around her, that she does allow herself to makes friends, especially with Phile!
“If I do nothing, I am as despicable as they believe me to be.”
And, the Best Jester Award goes to Phile Silver-Step The Robber Maiden! I am blown away at how much I adore Phile! She is truly the comic relief of the story, but has a humongous heart of gold and teaches Rakel to love and trust those around her! Phile is definitely my favorite character because she is brave, strong willed, independent, gloriously funny, and leads with both her head and her heart!
“When inspected from head to toe, Rakel could see that Phile was a concoction of loud colors and foreign notions.”
Now, I have to talk about Oskar and Captain Halvor together because I love them both equally. They are so similar in character but play tremendous roles in the story. They are both brave, handsome, kind-hearted, and both loved our Queen with loyal ferocity! I don’t know where the story would be without them!
“I’m getting fiercely lonesome for Handsome Halvor and Ogle-worthy Oskar.”
And lets talk about our beautiful children, Kai and Gerta! They bring such light and innocence to the tale! They see Rakel’s true heart and never doubt her once. They are both equally brave and loving, and give off such childish wisdom and whimsy! As can be seen in this amazing quote spoken by Gerta:
“There’re nice magic users, too! It’s just like reindeer; the mean ones are the one everyone talks about.”
Last, but not least, we have Farrin Graydim, one of our villains. Or is he? Farrin is mysterious, cunning, and surprisingly soft hearted. He adds a layer of intrigue to the tale with being such a powerful foe, and yet having a side that makes you doubt what you know of faerietale villains.
“But what kind of terrible things has he seen that have given him a strange combination of formidableness and vulnerability?”
This book is phenomenal! It is perfect for fans of Frozen, The Princess Bride, and fantastical faerietales! It gets all the stars from me and I cannot wait to read the next installment in The Snow Queen and K.M. Shea’s Timeless Fairy Tales series!
Author Q & A:
What inspired you to write Heart of Ice?
Kitty: The book started off when I asked myself, “What would happen if there was a very powerful girl who was scorned day in and day out by other people, and one day was asked to save everyone who had hurt her…” (A lot of my book ideas happen when I ask myself “what if.”)
Then I ended up reading the original Snow Queen story, and it struck me how the Snow Queen was written to be a villain, but the events of the story weren’t her fault. She wasn’t even trying to hurt anyone. She just wanted to be with others, but her magic was too powerful to make that a reality. This fit in well with my earlier desire to write about a scorned girl. So I decided to write a version of The Snow Queen in which I would give her the recognition (and the happy ending) she deserves.
Do you feel you relate more to Rakel or Phile?
Which dashing man would you choose: Oskar, Captain Halvor, or Farrin?
What is your favorite faerie tale?
Is it just a coincidence that the phrase “As you wish” pops up so much, or is there a Princess Bride fan in there?
If you could be magic user, what would your ability be?
Will we find similar types of characters in The Timeless Fairy Tales series?
What do we have to look forward to from you in the future?
About The Author:
My pen name is K. M. Shea, but my readers—I prefer to call them Champions—call me Kitty.
I love to write funny, clean stories with strong characters. Books like that are among my favorite to read so naturally I love writing stories like that as well. My philosophy is that life is tough, so books should be something that makes you relax and laugh!
I completed my first novel in eighth grade. It was a horrendous mess and a crime against humanity, but it was fabulous practice. I’ve written steadily since then and have worked as a journalist, a library staff member, and a newsletter editor. In 2014 I was able to quit my part-time work and write full time!
I’m a huge book geek—I love everything from the classics to science fiction, but fantasy and young adult are my favorite genres—and I’m a pretty big nerd as I love video games, super heroes, computers, and I have a passion for book memes.
I have tri colored collie I call Perfect Dog who is my near constant companion, and I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to grow an indoor mint plant I call Bob. (Well…Bob the VI as I’ve had to replace him a lot.)
Thank you to the author, K.M. Shea, for sending me this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review and for the Q & A!
All quotes used are from the book, written by the author.
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