Welcome to my stop on the Fantastic Flying Book Club Tour for Tears of Frost by Bree Barton!
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I am so beyond excited to share this book with you!
The electric second book in the Heart of Thorns trilogy explores the effects of power in a dark magical kingdom—and the fierce courage it takes to claim your body as your own. Mia Rose is back from the dead. Her memories are hazy, her body numb—but she won’t stop searching. Her only hope to save the boy she loves and the sister who destroyed her is to find the mother she can never forgive. Pilar is on a hunt of her own. Betrayed by her mother, and plagued by a painful secret, she’s determined to seek out the only person who can exact revenge. All goes according to plan… until she collides with Prince Quin, the boy whose sister she killed.As Mia, Pilar, and Quin forge dangerous new alliances, they are bewitched by the snow kingdom’s promise of freedom and opportunity. But with the winter solstice drawing near, they must confront the truth beneath the glimmering ice, as lines between friend, foe, and lover vanish like snowflakes on a flame.
As always, I will try to keep my review pretty much spoiler free and will warn you before I uh…spoil anything.
Before picking up Tears of Frost, I listened to the first novel in the trilogy, the Heart of Thorns on my commute. When I was listening to Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton, I found myself being able to predict major plot points. Which was really a let down in the plot department…BUT
In Tears of Frost, the sequel to Heart of Thorns, I couldn’t do that. In fact, there were a couple of times when I was reading Tears of Frost that shocked me and completely took me by surprise. In fact, I wasn’t able to guess any of the main plot points! Which is such a bonus for me when I am reading a complex fantasy novel such as this one.
Tears of Frost has all of the key things I look for in a fantasy novel that involves magic.
- “Spooky” blood magic
- Strong female characters
- Complex world building
- Different Countries or Kingdoms within the story
So, honestly this novel hit all of the items on my wish list and came through with amazing character development from the first novel to the second.
A lot of “smaller” characters such as Pilar and Angelyne become really, really important here. We meet some new faces such as Zai and Nelladinellakin (Nelladine or Nell).
I was most captivated by Barton’s universe and loved the snowy wonderland of Luumia, the Snow Kingdom. I can see Lummia becoming one of those litarary places that we all wish was real and make a bookish item for. Such as candles. But, I mean. I really need a Luumia candle. What do you think a Luumia candle should smell like to those of you that have read Tears of Frost already? Let me know!
I already need to learn more about the other Kingdoms! I am hoping that Bree will incorporate more of the other Kingdoms and introduce us to Pembuk, The Glass Kingdom.
I was so impressed by the way that Barton weaved Jyöltide, a winter solstice celebration, into the novel. I really wish I had more culture around Jyöl just because I found it so fascinating. I did appreciate the letters from Angelyne regarding the Seven Souls of Jyöltide, but I wanted to see more of the merriment and the people of Lummia celebrating.
I suppose a big reason why we didn’t get more merriment is because that’s when the big ending happens! (which isn’t a spoiler, there is literally a countdown to the solstice in the book)
I wish I could tell you what happens in the end, but I’m just not going to do that.
While a lot of my questions from Heart of Thorns have been answered, I have so many more questions now! I feel like the end happened all at once and I missed where some characters went, I can’t tell you who because even that is a spoiler.
Overall, I was very happy with this sequel and I love Mia Rose and Pilar so so much.
Thank you Bree for writing such wonderful characters!!
“I want to make music with you someday. Promise me we’ll play a duet-and I mean a real duet, on violin and piano, not the lovely song our bodies make together.” -Quin, the Prince
The FFBC is holding two giveaways! One for the US and one for International readers! All you have to do is enter HERE!
1stPrize: Win a TEARS OF FROST bundle: signed hardcover copies of HoT and ToF, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, HoT candle, ToF candle (US ONLY)
2ndPrize: Win a TEARS OF FROST goodies bundle: signed bookplate, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, and a customized poem in the style of the epigraph (INT)
Starts: October 30th, 2019
Ends: November 13th, 2019
About the author
Bree Barton is the author of Heart of Thorns (KT/HarperCollins 2018), the first in a series offierce feminist fantasy novels. Her books have been published in seven countries and four languages. When she’s not crafting a story, Bree teaches dance and writing to teen girls. You can find her on Instagram@SpeakBreely. She lives in Los Angeles but dreams of the northern lights.
Thank you The Fantastic Flying Book Club for my review copy, but all opinions are my own 🙂