It looks like wintry titles are dominating the book-sphere lately! This week’s Waiting on Wednesday is Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil. I’m so excited about this book that I pre-ordered it! – before noticing it was the paperback and I wouldn’t be getting it until JANUARY. *groans* But I’ll buy the hardcover in store on the release day (September 9TH) and maybe have my first giveaway with the extra paperback copy! In case you’re wondering why I’m so excited, read on to get a look at what Crown of Ice is all about.
Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing. CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.
So I can never resist a retelling of anything even if I’m not familiar with the original story. But just from the premise of Crown of Ice, this book sounds killer. Thyra sounds like a serious badass, cold and calculating and I’m liking the feel of her being an anti-hero. The line that definitely got me hooked was that “she needs all the help she can steal” – just more clues to her badass-ness and I’m desperately hoping all that (and more) comes through in the story.
And oh my lanta, that cover. Gorgeous. The eyes are intense and blank, like she’s not letting you anywhere near her thoughts. It’s just spectacular.
Don’t wait for the first snow for this one – Crown of Ice releases September 9th.