Beasts of the Frozen Sun
(Frozen Sun Saga, #1)
by Jill Criswell
Publication date: August 6th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN (Frozen Sun Saga, #1) . . . I am anticipating more of the gods, mortals, gifts, power, love. While I did not fall head-over-heels, I did find a story that had depth, layers, intensity. The mythology that was wrapped up in this fantasy world of god-gifted mortal(s), opposing clans, destined/doomed young love, demigods, family, loyalty, destiny.
The depth of place, mind, soul, and thoughts were felt via the dual pov. The intensity was there. The challenge real. The struggle to do or not do was drawing. There was a lot here to consume. Maybe it was overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time. There were things that you questioned. There were other things that you didn't really care for but in the end it all played a part in the story that unfolded and was in its own rights page turning.
Each character had things that I liked about him or her and just that little something that made me wonder why. Then it was a character or two that made me not like them and wonder why were they in the story. Then of course it was to create the setting, the scene, to paint that picture of where things were going. Overall, I very much enjoyed what I was handed, but did not like the cliffhanger. I do very much anticipate the next installment for Lira, Reyker, the clans, the power, the continuation and the direction of it all.
Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.
When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.
As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.
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).