Crown of Ice was a spectacular retelling of The Snow Queen. Although, the basics were similar, it contained much original ideas that I utterly enjoyed.
My favorite thing in the book was definitely Thyra Winther. When she is young, she and her parents get into a blizzard. She survives, however, her mother and father are buried in the snow. Hence, she becomes an orphan and is adopted by a woman who's not treating her so very kindly. In a couple of years a mage takes her away from the village to his secluded ice castle and makes her his new Snow Queen, bestowing eternal life on her under the conditions of completing a powerful mirror. All of these tragic events shape Thyra into the cold, I could say icy, self-confident, logical girl whose every step is calculated. She's also quite brave, but in a different way than most protagonists. She had to learn to fend for herself. This is what she's been doing ever since her parents died. It's not like she had a choice. However, when she brings Kai to the palace, she starts to change. Not just because of their attraction, but because after so many years of solitary, she gets to know something else and gets to see things from a different perspective. Her character arc is vast, but she's a likable character at the beginning as well as in the end.
As for the magic and world building, I have mixed feelings. I can't say it's not maximally elaborated and initially I was a huge fan of it. The wraiths, the mutated animals, the places were all very interesting. But later on, it just went overboard. Thyra had new, not fitting abilities out of nowhere in tight situations and at the end, things happened that clearly were only implemented for the suspens and happy ending.
When I was looking at Crown of Ice's Goodread's page, I was surprised to see romance is not listed as one of the genres. In my view, it was one of the main threads of the story. On the other hand, I understand why it's this way. Kai and Thyra are a fair match, but their romance is somehow lacking. I didn't swoon at any point of the story, not even a little. Maybe, it's because I wasn't particularly crazy about Kai. He wasn't such a deep character, for the most part he's just working or grieving.
On the whole, I did very much enjoy Crown of Ice. It was a peculiar read and I definitely recommend it to everybody.show more
by Cassidie Jhones