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Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live. I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I will become. But there is one thing I will never know... The veil I've worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine being free of. Some things never change... My mother will always hate me. Her court will always shun me Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live. I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I will become. But there is one thing I will never know... The veil I've worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine being free of. Some things never change... My mother will always hate me. Her court will always shun me. ...Until they do. When the peace delegation arrives from the savage world of Glacium, my life is shoved wildly out of control by the handsome Prince Kedrick who, for unfathomable reasons, shows me kindness. And the harshest lessons are learned. Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost. Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live. (Warning: Cliff-hanger ending. Suitable for mature young adult readers due to swearing.)


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Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live. I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I will become. But there is one thing I will never know... The veil I've worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine being free of. Some things never change... My mother will always hate me. Her court will always shun me Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live. I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I will become. But there is one thing I will never know... The veil I've worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine being free of. Some things never change... My mother will always hate me. Her court will always shun me. ...Until they do. When the peace delegation arrives from the savage world of Glacium, my life is shoved wildly out of control by the handsome Prince Kedrick who, for unfathomable reasons, shows me kindness. And the harshest lessons are learned. Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost. Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live. (Warning: Cliff-hanger ending. Suitable for mature young adult readers due to swearing.)

30 review for Fantasy of Frost

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Free on Amazon today! UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00RR6RQ5M... US: http://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Frost-T... (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kelly St. Clare.) “Do you choose to wear that veil?” he asks, turning back to me. I shake my head, and suddenly Kedrick is boiling mad. “Your mother is one sick, twisted bitch.” This was a really stunning YA fantasy novel, leaving me highly anticipating the next instalment! “You can’t be s Free on Amazon today! UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00RR6RQ5M... US: http://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Frost-T... (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kelly St. Clare.) “Do you choose to wear that veil?” he asks, turning back to me. I shake my head, and suddenly Kedrick is boiling mad. “Your mother is one sick, twisted bitch.” This was a really stunning YA fantasy novel, leaving me highly anticipating the next instalment! “You can’t be saying that you’ve never seen your own face,” he says. My silence is confirmation enough. I really liked the characters in this book, and I felt so sorry for Olina. The way her mother had treated her was truly disgusting, to have never seen your own face, to be forced to veil yourself from everyone, and to also receive regular beatings at your own mother’s command is really shocking. I was really glad that Olina had managed to find love with Prince Kedrick, and I really wanted them to be allowed to be together. “What happened?” The question barely disturbs the air, it is so quiet. “I was being followed everywhere. They were on her before I could do anything. They slit her throat and made me watch her die.” The world-building in this was really good, and I liked that things were explained so simply, without the use of info-dumps. I sometimes get confused by fantasy novels, but I didn’t have that problem at all with Fantasy of Frost. “When you get married you lose the ‘O’ at the front of your name,” I say. “So when I marry. My name will go from Olina, to Lina.” I try to imagine getting married and Kedrick pops into my mind. The storyline in this was done really well, and I even appreciated the heart-breaking moments. I felt really scared and upset for Olina at times, and I just couldn’t stop reading! “Do not test me. Your life is forfeit if I so much as detect you have twitched your veil without my permission,” There was some romance, and I liked it, but I was very saddened by the way this romance was brought to an end. It was just so, so sad! “I would be more than your friend.” He steps up to me and grabs my other elbow, bringing me to face him. I place both hands on his chest to steady myself, speechless. He tilts my chin upwards, leans his head down and kisses me thorough the veil. The heat of his skin reaches mine. The veil moulds to my lips and I taste the salt of my sweat. The friction causes tingles to spread through my body all the way to my toes. “I love you,” he says. The ending to this was a little surprising, and we were left with a bit of cliff-hanger. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for the next instalment of this thrilling tale! 8.5 out of 10

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nasom

    Full Review What I Liked - This book had two mysteries and I love a good mystery. The main character wears a veil and she is told by her mum never to remove it, so she has never seen her face before. That's one of the mystery (figuring out why she has to cover her face). The second was around finding out who did something bad. - In this book, there are two worlds: The one the mc belongs to which is always hot and the people are conservative and the second world is the opposite; where it is alw Full Review What I Liked - This book had two mysteries and I love a good mystery. The main character wears a veil and she is told by her mum never to remove it, so she has never seen her face before. That's one of the mystery (figuring out why she has to cover her face). The second was around finding out who did something bad. - In this book, there are two worlds: The one the mc belongs to which is always hot and the people are conservative and the second world is the opposite; where it is always cold and the people are more outgoing and crude. It was interesting reading about how different the people are. - The hinted relationship between two characters!! What I didn't like - This book had alot of info dumping and I was confused. Apparently the two worlds have six sectors(?) that keeps revolving so for instance in the MC's world, it gets hotter every sector and the hottest sector is 4th and then it gets better at 5th? (I'm not sure about this). They also kept mentioning something about revolutions every number of years (honestly, I might be making things up). It was just kinda confusing. Also, there were alot of characters in this!! And some of their names started with an 'O' so it was confusing figuring out who was who - This book seemed like the author's first book and I had to check if that was the case and I think it was. The writing just seemed kinda juvenile - I mentioned that the second world was crude and it just seemed a little bit extra to me with their constant cursing and overly sexual discussions. I know the author wanted to make the two worlds as different as possible but she did the most - (view spoiler)[ The MC just killed those guys like it was nothing and she didn't have any trauma even though it was her first time killing people. She just acted like it was a daily occurrence.. seemed unrealistic to me (hide spoiler)] Overall, I liked this book even though it had some problems.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Minni Mouse

    Read this for a second time...and I can only raise it half a star to 1.5 stars. Does no one else find the physical aggression disturbing with the blasé way it's written? And the crude language to be out of place? Yet, I'll probably pick up the sequels for the slow-burn romance. ORIGINAL REVIEW Wowww, this book was bad. The book was bad, the writing was bad, the plot was bad, just bad all around. And short. And offensive. And the offensive was bad. And distracting. And juvenile, as a result. It's Read this for a second time...and I can only raise it half a star to 1.5 stars. Does no one else find the physical aggression disturbing with the blasé way it's written? And the crude language to be out of place? Yet, I'll probably pick up the sequels for the slow-burn romance. ORIGINAL REVIEW Wowww, this book was bad. The book was bad, the writing was bad, the plot was bad, just bad all around. And short. And offensive. And the offensive was bad. And distracting. And juvenile, as a result. It's like this book was striving to be older and darker and more high-stakes...trying to demonstrate the seriousness and crudeness of the setting. But gaaah, the writing could not pull it off. The authenticity of the writing was sooo not there for me - stop trying so hard to convince the readers that you're dark and heavy and tough and threatening! *cringes* THE GOOD This book has a setting somewhat similar to Snow Like Ashes so if you liked the winter versus summer elements of that series...then maybe you'll like this book? THE BAD 1) Language. What the what? Words like "fuck" and "shit" and "bitch" were liberally used, which struck me as extremely out of place both for the setting and for the perceived maturity of the book. It was like reading Ella Enchanted but stumbling across phrases like, "Your stepmom's a fucking bitch...shit, man. I'd still stick her like the dirty whore she is, though!" *splutters* Excuse me, what? How is the vulgarity on par with the middle grade/young young adult tone of this book? Look, if your characters are going to be crude then have it be for a reason like deliberate characterization and make sure the rest of the writing can match the maturity and flow of the storytelling. By throwing curse words around left and right, it brings the reader into the mindset of a contemporary high school locker room instead of an other-world fantasy. 2) Crude language. Again, not to say that crude language is ever terrific but to use it in a book that just cannot pull it off? What the what? Again, Ella Enchanted would never. “That’s where a good slut should be. On her back.” The men laugh together over my head. “She isn’t so bad looking. Even with the blood.” “For fuck’s sake Nam, put it away. We don’t have time for you to get your dick wet.” 3) Superficially developed characters and a lackluster plot development. 4) Don't even get me started on the romance. Just...no. 5) Physical aggression from King Jovan. All right, I know I skimmed this entire book in under an hour but even I caught the moments where he pinned/lifted her against the wall by her wrists or dug his nails into her shoulders while he shook her. BRO. Just...NO. And then he apologizes later by saying he wasn't in his right state of mind. BRO. Borderline physical violence. We are NOT romanticizing this! Especially given her backstory of physical abuse? NO. 6) Mature subject material turned into juvenile anecdotes. King Jovan's physical aggression aside, Olina is often beaten badly by her mother and uncle. She's attacked once on her own by three men who repeatedly punch and kick her body until she blacks out (not before there's a crude suggestion at rape). And we gloss it over. From her family's abuse, we get a short scene where Olina's brother sees the bloody water she uses to clean herself. After the attack, we get King Jovan discovering her almost near to passing out in a hallway, therefore allowing him to sweep in as the Knight to heal her. BRO. JUST NO. THE VERDICT Nope. Just no. The only reason I didn't DNF this book at the 17% mark was because I wanted to learn what the big hoopla was over hiding Olina's face behind a veil for eighteen years. There are a lot of glowing reviews of this book on Goodreads...so I'm open to considering that this book is just major bad book chemistry. But good gosh, I went through several pages of reviews and I only found two reviews below three stars - mine and someone else's. Did this book merely catch me in a bad mood...? Am I missing something?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann (annreads)

    "Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost. Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live." Amazing female lead, unique fantasy world, slow burn romance, Fantasy of Frost was definitely a great start to a very promising series! Even though at first I wasn't a big fan of the writing style, I actually ended up really enjoying this book! I found the world to be very interesting and unique, and I also really liked all the characters, especial "Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost. Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live." Amazing female lead, unique fantasy world, slow burn romance, Fantasy of Frost was definitely a great start to a very promising series! Even though at first I wasn't a big fan of the writing style, I actually ended up really enjoying this book! I found the world to be very interesting and unique, and I also really liked all the characters, especially Olina, she's the best! Now I'm super excited to see where the story goes next!🙌🏻 4/5★★★★

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kira Simion

    GUYS! I FINALLY WON A GIVEAWAY! I am SO ECSTATIC! I hope I get the book and candle soon! :D •*•*•*• Will edit when I have finished the book. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Al *the serial series skipper*

    It's surprising to me that this book does not have much buzz, there have been weeks where all I have been has been trash but I had this book marinating in my tbr without knowing how good it would be. So glad I bit the bullet. This book is really good, from the first page I was engrossed. The characters had believable reactions/actions especially Olina. When she was first introduced as wearing a veil and having never seen her face I was a bit skeptical because it's not hard to undo the veil when s It's surprising to me that this book does not have much buzz, there have been weeks where all I have been has been trash but I had this book marinating in my tbr without knowing how good it would be. So glad I bit the bullet. This book is really good, from the first page I was engrossed. The characters had believable reactions/actions especially Olina. When she was first introduced as wearing a veil and having never seen her face I was a bit skeptical because it's not hard to undo the veil when she was alone and see what she looks like but I understood the fear for her brothers and the fear of what she would find. I was looking forward to her removing that veil and I hoped it was not for a stupidly contrived reason such as her beauty being blinding or any of that malarkey. As it is , I am rushing to read the next one because I have to know what's going on.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Belart Wright

    A Good Introduction To A Promising Fantasy Series. Abridged Stuff: My Likes +Interesting and entertaining cast +Intriguing protagonist +Many mysteries +Imaginative customs for the Solati and Bruma. They are like introvert vs. extroverts +Olina kicks ass +Olina is selfless +Narration fits Olina's personality +Detailed and methodical action +The author sticks to continuity really well. (Ex. Character injuries heal realistically.) My Dislikes -Plot slows down in the middle. -I sometimes found Olina's stubbor A Good Introduction To A Promising Fantasy Series. Abridged Stuff: My Likes +Interesting and entertaining cast +Intriguing protagonist +Many mysteries +Imaginative customs for the Solati and Bruma. They are like introvert vs. extroverts +Olina kicks ass +Olina is selfless +Narration fits Olina's personality +Detailed and methodical action +The author sticks to continuity really well. (Ex. Character injuries heal realistically.) My Dislikes -Plot slows down in the middle. -I sometimes found Olina's stubbornness and rebelliousness annoying. -The ending comes out of nowhere. -Not much is resolved by the end. (view spoiler)[We learn of the veil but not why her eyes are blue. No major enemy is vanquished, the killer's motives are not discovered, and we don't even reach the destination of the killer arrow's origin. We also don't know what the relations between Solatis or Glacium are. There's a lot hanging in the air here and I wish more was answered. I'm curious about all this though so I'll be picking up the sequel. (hide spoiler)] Full Review I was given this copy of the book in exchange for a review. FoF begins right at the start with its characters. We're introduced to Olina, our protagonist, and the world of her people, the Solati, and the visiting delegates from Bruma. We're also introduced to Olina's love interest, Kedrick, A Bruma prince who proves to be charming, kind, inquisitive, and madly in love with Olina. Olina is the centerpiece of the story and Kedrick is the fulcrum upon which it all balances. Olina proves herself to be a very interesting character with a lot of intrigue surrounding her and her past. The story is narrated through her own first person POV. One thing about the Solati is that they are reserved and subtle in almost all of their actions and decisions. They find openness and familiarity very uncouth. Because of this Olina has a very measured way of talking and it follows through with her thoughts during her POV narration. Her thoughts are very matter of fact and measured which fits with her Solati upbringing. That's very good attention to detail on the author's part. Characters Olina Olina is a very fascinating character and lives an interesting life. She is a Solati princess and next in line to be queen, called Tatuma by the Solati. She lives her whole life dedicated to the goal of being a capable and strong Tatuma after her mother Avanna. Olina has a lot of strangeness to her including the fact that she spends a lot of time helping out at an orphanage despite it being frowned upon. She finds some comfort and solace here with these kids, more than her normal life affords her. Another strangeness of hers is the fact that she sneaks out and trains in combat arts with an old soldier. This is a huge secret for her but she enjoys the training and has confidence in her fighting abilities. Olina's biggest strangeness though is the fact that she has to wear a veil at all times around others. She doesn't know why but it's always been this way. The only time she's taken it off resulted in the murder of an innocent child because the child had seen her face. But beyond her strangeness Olina is strong-willed to a large degree. She works hard to accomplish her goals and does everything possible to see them through. Her demands and attitude annoyed me at times but there was no question that her strength of character and will were nearly unmatched. Olina and Kedrick They share a world crossing love but are each a part of a race that finds the other repulsive. The Solati sly, reserved, and measured while the Bruma are brazen, brash, and impulsive. That cultural divide is strong on both sides and yet these two find solace in one another. They're are both kind, strong, quick-witted, and open-minded. There is something about Olina that attracts Kedrick despite the fact that he can't see her face and Olina is experiencing feelings for Kedrick that she never thought possible in herself. They both change in small and profound ways because of their devotion for one another but it's a sad sort of love because you know that everything is working against their union including the very rules of their cultures. The Tatuma Avanna Cold and cruel. She's an ice queen that ironically lives on the fire world. I'm surprised she hasn't melted yet. Her ice doesn't come from her body temperature or any sort of powers but instead from her temperament. She treats Olina like a bag of s*** each and every chance she gets. She is less of a mother and more of a dictator. The World Olina's people, the Solati, live on a dangerous world called Osolis that's engulfed by flames. Their own homeland is only a few 'rotations' from being burned away and so the Solati migrate when the heat and fire becomes threatening and build their houses and other buildings with a fire resistant wood called Kaur. They depend on the cold from the ice World, Glacium, to keep temperatures regulated in their own homeland just as Glacium depends on their heat to keep its world from completely freezing. There are Kaur forests and boiling lakes throughout Osolis. The Solati wear lightweight fabrics and breezy clothing like togas to keep cool. The Solati of Osolis are typically a subtle and measured race with customs that one could call prim. The Solati also have strange naming conventions for their people. Solati children are all born with have an O at the start of their names but when they get married the drop the O. So if Olina ever gets married for instance she'd become Lina. Just don't call her that before she's married or you'll be committing a very major faux pas unless you're closely related to her. And let's say Olina gets married and becomes Lina, if her husband ever dies then as a widow she's now Alina since widowers get an A to start their names. I tend to like quirky customs like this and think it's really cool. The Bruma on the other hand live on the world of Glacium, an ice world that's the total opposite of Osolis. Large sleds are the main transport of Glacium and most of the Bruma's houses and structures are wrought with solid stone. Furs cover everything from people to beds in large piles and alcohol is the beverage of choice for adults for the warm and mirth it provides. The Bruma of Glacium are a large race, even the women who tower over the average Solati. The Bruma are prone to speaking their minds and are very hot-blooded and vulgar. Sex isn't shied away from in Bruma culture and even open talk of it is embraced. Though preferring to dress in warm furs and leather the Bruma women sometimes like to dress very scantily clad during festivals to the delight of the men. The Plot The plot points in Fantasy of Frost each hinge on a major event. Because I can't talk about these main events without spoiling anything I'll try to be as vague as possible while giving a decent synopsis. I said I'll try, keep that in mind. Okay so the beginning of the book is dedicated to us getting to know Olina, her problems, her world, and the characters around her. All of this leads to the first major event of the book, someone dies, and this changes everything. From then on we're taken to a new place and must piece together the mystery of the person who died. All the while new questions spring forth such as Olina's connection with her veil. Well the decent synopsis part failed because I can't figure out how to say more without spoiling it. Final Opinions I really enjoyed Olina's journey in Fantasy of Frost. I feel that she's tested so many of her own limits during her ordeals that she's become a much stronger person and that's compelling to read about. I think the worlds of Osolis and Glacium as well as the customs of the people of both worlds very intriguing and worth exploring more. I also really enjoyed all the other characters and the humor and warmth they brought to the story. These are characters that really helped change Olina and they are characters that the lonely and broken need to recover. I do feel that more resolution could have been provided at the end of the book. None of my questions were answered and a lot was left hanging. I also feel that the way it ended came out of far left field but at least it promises more to come. I'm looking forward to the next book and continuing Olina's journey, just remember not to call her Lina.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emmeline (The Book Herald)

    The hype about this book caught my eye The reviews on this book were mostly 4 and 5 stars. I know, I feel like a traitor for giving it a 3 star but I'm kind of in between 3 stars or 3.5 stars. This book had an awesome world-building, they were thought out and impressive. Sometime confusing, but I'll overlook that because the thought of having a land called Glacium is cool! Okay so Osolis is as hot as Hell and Glacium as frigid as your soul. Just kidding! But it's deathly cold. The book starts wit The hype about this book caught my eye The reviews on this book were mostly 4 and 5 stars. I know, I feel like a traitor for giving it a 3 star but I'm kind of in between 3 stars or 3.5 stars. This book had an awesome world-building, they were thought out and impressive. Sometime confusing, but I'll overlook that because the thought of having a land called Glacium is cool! Okay so Osolis is as hot as Hell and Glacium as frigid as your soul. Just kidding! But it's deathly cold. The book starts with us meeting the Princess of Osolis. Her name is Olina and she has been forced to wear a veil since infancy. The character has no idea why, because mirrors were all destroyed the day of her birth to prevent her from ever seeing her reflection. Anyone who sees her face will have their throat slit... It safe to say that everyone gives her a wide berth, but Olina is filled with loneliness. As Princess of Osolis or Tatuma she should have many responsibilities but her Mother the Tatum/ Queen, despises her for unknown reasons. Olina falls for a prince of Glacium, but tragedy strikes and suddenly Olina is in more trouble than she could have ever anticipated. Overall, it's a pretty cool story. Definitely caught my attention. The beginning of the book was full of things happening, but then when we got to the middle it slowed down by a lot. Even then in my mind i was thinking of this book as a 4 star. But then the ending happened. I don't know, but that ending to me made zero sense. The character was pretty smart throughout and then i felt like she hit the wall of stupidity and did something that to me made no sense. She also placed two countries in a potential threatening position and I'm sorry, Olina was portrayed as strong but caring still but then she went weird. (view spoiler)[To snap or kill someone should have given her pause, but nope, she didn't even bat an eye lid at killing more than six men. And just that deal she made at the end too...I was like what? She went from sweet yet strong princess to near Mercenary in quick seconds? and she couldn't fight off 3 men but she suddenly went all kung fu panda and KILLED 7? WHAT!? (hide spoiler)] So yea, the ending made me feel like this: (view spoiler)[I can see King Jovan is falling for her, I want her to return his feelings! He's kind of awesome! But, she gave no indication of it. To be honest, I probably will read the second book just to know what happens to King Jovan of Glacium, whereas Olina becoming a paid fighter makes no sense, i half don't want to read it. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Clare

    A coming of age fantasy. Complex story line and strong female as the main character. Humour, romance and action/adventure

  10. 4 out of 5

    Simply Sam ツ

    ***4.5 Stars*** Y'all, I bought this book 2 years ago because it was recommended by someone. I'm sorry, but I can't remember who. Anyway. I started it back then but wasn't feeling it. Probably a mood thing. For some reason it popped back up on my radar so I thought I'd give it another shot. I FLEW through this book, reading it in two late night sessions. Between work and school, my reading activity has been abysmal, but this hooked me for some reason. No, it's not perfect (which is why it has 4 s ***4.5 Stars*** Y'all, I bought this book 2 years ago because it was recommended by someone. I'm sorry, but I can't remember who. Anyway. I started it back then but wasn't feeling it. Probably a mood thing. For some reason it popped back up on my radar so I thought I'd give it another shot. I FLEW through this book, reading it in two late night sessions. Between work and school, my reading activity has been abysmal, but this hooked me for some reason. No, it's not perfect (which is why it has 4 stars and not 5),and yes there are some things for which I had to suspend belief, but it hit all the right emotions. Joy, anger, grief, wonder, it was all there. And best of all, a sloooooooow burn romance. My favorite kind. If you're looking for a fantasy romance, I'd highly recommend (I'm already on book 3!)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dusty

    Oh, my! It has been a long time since I have sat down with a good fantasy to read. I am officially a fan of this new author! I enjoyed reading FANTASY OF FROST, the first book of ‘The Tainted Accord’ series. When is the next book coming out? I was pulled into this story and the characters of two worlds. One hot, Osilis and one hot, Glacium. I enjoyed the subtly of the worlds with political and cultural differences that came to life without the descriptions taking over the story. The characters Oh, my! It has been a long time since I have sat down with a good fantasy to read. I am officially a fan of this new author! I enjoyed reading FANTASY OF FROST, the first book of ‘The Tainted Accord’ series. When is the next book coming out? I was pulled into this story and the characters of two worlds. One hot, Osilis and one hot, Glacium. I enjoyed the subtly of the worlds with political and cultural differences that came to life without the descriptions taking over the story. The characters are well developed and compelling. Olina and her struggle to find her identity through the adversity of her cruel mother kept me reading from page 1. She had worn a veil from birth, spent the first ten years of her life in a tower in virtual isolation experiencing mental and physical abuse at any form of disobedience or rebellion. She has never seen her reflection and carries an ingrained fear of anyone seeing her face. She is the heir to the throne of Osilis and at 17 should have started her training to be the next Tatum. Instead, she is kept busy with the peace delegation from Glacium. The delegation is led by Prince Kedrick, who is the brother of the current king. Olina and Kendrick form an unlikely bond, even with her face hidden from him they fall in love. They must keep their feelings and the relationship to prevent hostilities breaking out that could lead to a war between the two worlds. He has asked about her veil because the women of the Osilis court do not wear them. She explained that is the only way her mother would let her out of the tower she’d lived in for the first years of her life. He does not ask again about, but the night before the delegation is to return to Glacium, Olina decides to reveal her face to Kedrick. The events of that evening change her life and threaten the fragile peace between two worlds. There were twists in this story that I enjoyed were not as I had expected. The end of this first book leaves me wanting to read the next story. I will most defiantly be looking for FAMTSAY OF FLIGHT when it comes out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    AMY ♥(pronounced AH-MEI)♥

    This one is good people! Worth the read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    This is a tale with such complexity and depth that to peel back each and every layer would only leave you salivating for the next chapter/installment. I love books with strong female characters who endure and overcome extremely challenging even tragic obstacles. Olina is that character, a protagonist after my own heart. Her courage, power and strength of spirit, humorous and brutal honest are a breath of fresh air from pretentious uptight female characters who are in or about to be in a position This is a tale with such complexity and depth that to peel back each and every layer would only leave you salivating for the next chapter/installment. I love books with strong female characters who endure and overcome extremely challenging even tragic obstacles. Olina is that character, a protagonist after my own heart. Her courage, power and strength of spirit, humorous and brutal honest are a breath of fresh air from pretentious uptight female characters who are in or about to be in a position of royalty. I also like the way the characters Kedrick and Olina complement each other even though they are very different and from opposite worlds makes their love affair rare and pure displaying the authentic essence of their romance and strong bond. They have an intellectual intercourse between them that is not readily done or focused upon in most books, particularly in sci-fi/fantasy, which I look for, rather than the typical romance set up which is boring and trite. This is not and piques my interest, which is not easy to do. The contrast between the "hot" and "cold" worlds is well-crafted with insight into every depth of the story drawing the reader so deeply into both worlds simultaneously yet separately therefore making them complement each other and intensifying the visceral effect onto the reader. Every extremely vivid description of every scene was intoxicating and enthralling.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pennie

    What a great title for a debut fantasy YA series in 'Fantasy of Frost'. Quite a bit leaning towards the Sci fi spectrum with unexpected turns around every corner. Olina, now a teenaged girl, is the victim of a cruel life, she spent the first ten years in an isolated tower and suffers from the savages of her mothers hatred for her. She fears everyone, and is kept well hidden from the population. Olina can not bare anyone seeing her face and wears a constant veil to hide it even from herself. Altho What a great title for a debut fantasy YA series in 'Fantasy of Frost'. Quite a bit leaning towards the Sci fi spectrum with unexpected turns around every corner. Olina, now a teenaged girl, is the victim of a cruel life, she spent the first ten years in an isolated tower and suffers from the savages of her mothers hatred for her. She fears everyone, and is kept well hidden from the population. Olina can not bare anyone seeing her face and wears a constant veil to hide it even from herself. Although she was to become the next heir to the throne by birthright, instead, a prisoner, bedraggled, and unseen. Prince Kedrick, the brother of the current king forms an unusual bond with Olina and they fall in love although she would never show her face to him. Two opposite worlds collide into an epic journey for survival and cohabitation. Step inside these highly imaginative worlds of romance, teenage fantasy, deep seated secrets, and intriguing adventure, you'll be glad you did. I received a copy for evaluation and review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    majo

    *3,5 stars* I LOVED the world of this fantasy story, and the way the protagonist has always worn a veil because no one, not even herself, is allowed to see her face. Olina is the princess of Osolis, a land of fire that has some rivalry with Glacium, the land of Ice. She's a character with so many secrets, one of them being that she's in love with Prince Kedrick of Glacium, who's in her home as part of a peace delegation. And they have a cute romance until something happened (that I didn't see co *3,5 stars* I LOVED the world of this fantasy story, and the way the protagonist has always worn a veil because no one, not even herself, is allowed to see her face. Olina is the princess of Osolis, a land of fire that has some rivalry with Glacium, the land of Ice. She's a character with so many secrets, one of them being that she's in love with Prince Kedrick of Glacium, who's in her home as part of a peace delegation. And they have a cute romance until something happened (that I didn't see coming, I was so shocked) and she is forced to abandon her home. (view spoiler)[I still can't believe that Prince Kedrick was murdered, I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT AT ALL. Now I don't know if his brother, King Jovan is supposed to be the love interest because I feel like there was not romance at all since Kedrick died, because she's grieving AND I FREAKING LOVE THAT. I have the feeling that this is going to be an epic slow-burn romance and I can't wait to see how it evolves. (hide spoiler)] There were things I wasn't fan of, some toxic things going on between the princess and King Jovan (Kedrick's brother), but overall I was pleasantly surprised with this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    C.P. Cabaniss

    This book throws you right into the world and then builds that world around you. It is really beautiful and detailed. The world building is fantastic. Everything was introduced quickly and with detailed, but not overly tedious details. The worlds of Osolis and Glacium were both interesting and well depicted. The characters were one of the reasons this novel is so good. Lina, the main character, is strong, intelligent, loving, kind, and flawed all in good measure. I never really felt that she was This book throws you right into the world and then builds that world around you. It is really beautiful and detailed. The world building is fantastic. Everything was introduced quickly and with detailed, but not overly tedious details. The worlds of Osolis and Glacium were both interesting and well depicted. The characters were one of the reasons this novel is so good. Lina, the main character, is strong, intelligent, loving, kind, and flawed all in good measure. I never really felt that she was overdone. She knew she had limitations but she wasn't afraid to test her bounds on anything. And since we're in her head we get to see a lot of what has shaped her. Sometimes with first person narratives the other characters fall somewhat flat. I did not find that to be the case here at all. Each character offered something and we got to see several different sides of their personalities. There are plenty of questions surrounding many characters, but I never felt that any of them were forced or introduced without reason. Kedrick and Jovan are two of my favorites. Being a prince and king of Glacium, they are very different than the people Lina is used to, but each of them has so many layers to their personalities. I'm interested to see if their younger brother Ashawn has more of a part in the next novel. The delegates are all very interesting as well. It was great to see two very different societies. We didn't see as much of Osolis as we do Glacium, but there is enough there for comparison. The author did a wonderful job differentiating the two societies and their customs. It was always easy to keep the two straight in my head. We also get to see Lina grow a lot as a character. She discovers new places and people. Although strong in the beginning, she gets even stronger as the story progresses. I love the way her relationships with the other characters push her to improve. I'm very interested to see where this story goes and what happens with the characters. I have some ideas. I guess we shall see if I'm right when book two comes along! I was somewhat confused by the movement from location to location based on the weather. I found myself thinking in circles when I first read about the rotation through the different sectors in the beginning. I honestly don't know why. I'm sure it makes much more sense than my brain can make of it at the moment. I often over think things. This novel was a great read. The world, the characters, the mystery introduced within its pages is just so beautifully crafted. I am very much looking forward to reading the next installment. I just wish I had it right now! I think this would definitely appeal to fans of high fantasy who enjoy strong female leads. It's a very compelling read. You can find this and other reviews on my blog www.courtneysreads.blogspot.com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Engellmann

    I absolutely loved this book! It took me some time to fall in love with the characters and the story, but when I did, I had trouble putting it down so I could catch some sleep. The world building is beautifully done, fresh and interesting. I usually don't like the process of immersing into a new book because it's always a new world, and some of them are quite annoying with all the names and concepts. This one I liked, I got to learn more about it as I read, and I got used to the characters' vocab I absolutely loved this book! It took me some time to fall in love with the characters and the story, but when I did, I had trouble putting it down so I could catch some sleep. The world building is beautifully done, fresh and interesting. I usually don't like the process of immersing into a new book because it's always a new world, and some of them are quite annoying with all the names and concepts. This one I liked, I got to learn more about it as I read, and I got used to the characters' vocabulary. It was fun reading about the differences of the two worlds, and especially, to see the foreign world with the eyes of the character (damn, I can't describe it all without spoilers)) I laughed a lot at Olina's behavior as the book picked up, throwing her into different situations. I also had to keep back the tears for her (here, I said it). It's a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful story (filled with hot men, ladies). I'm sorry for jumping from thought to thought, I'm just so full of mixed feelings after I just finished reading. And isn't it what you expect from a book? I think I might be in love with Jovan. Okay, back to the book. I'm not gonna give a synopsis here, never understood why people re-tell a book instead of sharing their feelings about it. I'll just say that I've always liked drama packed with adventure, broken characters who fight for their ideas even if they seem like the weakest part of the community, and character's transformation, realistic and dark and brutal. Because it's how growth is achieved in real life, it's a struggle, and I don't always find it to be good enough in books. I was surprised with this one, because it shook me quite well. And, unlike many superheroes, the heroine here actually has a reason for her unusual skills in fight. Oh, how I love when an abused character turns it to their advantage in the end! I'm also tired of abusive men in books, this idea of a commanding alpha-male is so overused, I found it refreshing to read about a more realistic one here. For a change, this one doesn't go drooling over a sight of a female, like in many other books; if he's a barbarian, he acts like it; and if he shows his human side, it doesn't spill all over the scene. He's withdrawn and careful, and this is what keeps you interested. And WOW for a change he doesn't f*** everything that moves. (Like it's the only way to draw female readers to male characters, seriously, authors) Wow, I think I managed to share almost everything I wanted without mentioning the characters and spoiling any surprise. Because this book holds tons of them! This is the biggest reason why I loved it, it just kept getting better and better. And it seems like the second one is gonna give us some really good action, so I can't wait to read it! I highly recommend this great read to every fantasy lover!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Blum

    Despite writing fantasy, I’ve always had trouble getting into most fantasy novels myself. I’d always think the covers looked awesome and would get excited for the story inside - only to end up feeling like a tourist in a foreign country without a Lonely Planet guide, confused by all the strange names, customs, and generally minimal initial background information. Fantasy of Frost did all these things, yet I still liked it, and I think you will, too. So what gives? Unlike many of those other snor Despite writing fantasy, I’ve always had trouble getting into most fantasy novels myself. I’d always think the covers looked awesome and would get excited for the story inside - only to end up feeling like a tourist in a foreign country without a Lonely Planet guide, confused by all the strange names, customs, and generally minimal initial background information. Fantasy of Frost did all these things, yet I still liked it, and I think you will, too. So what gives? Unlike many of those other snore-fests I tried in the past, this book creates suspense and draws you in fairly early on. And it does so through some fairly simple plot hooks that pull you into the world and story. The main character, an eighteen year old woman named Olina, a princess in an uptight and repressive society, has never seen her face and has been inculcated from childhood that she must never show her face to anyone publicly. So she wears a veil wherever she goes, living in mortal fear of it one day slipping off at the wrong moment. What’s more, her mother, the Queen, seems to hate her and enforces the wearing of this veil with an iron fist, many times resorting to physical and emotional abuse to keep her daughter in line. You have to suspend belief a little to buy this idea (she has never even seen her own reflection!), but once you do, you start to worry with Olina about when and if she will be “unveiled.” Without giving too much of the plot away, of course this does happen at various points in the book, though you don’t learn the full significance of the veil until near the end. The fact that Olina’s gradual unveiling corresponds to her learning more about herself and how to live a full, richer life in a society much different from her own makes the unveiling an nice metaphor for Olina’s coming of age. At its heart, take away the fantasy setting, and this is a story about a girl trying to figure herself out and how she fits into her world, making it perfect for the young adult population I’m guessing it was written for (I’m using the later teens to early twenties definition). There are a number of more “adult” parts of the book (marked by violence, sexuality, and one of my favorite parts, when Olina learns for to use bad words for the first time) that may be lost on a younger audience and give parents pause, but though these parts are probably more appropriate for adults, teenagers will probably love them and be able to relate to Olina’s bucking of authority. Ultimately, the book can be appreciated on multiple levels depending on age. It was an overall quick, exciting read, with a kind of gritty, dystopian feel, and I am looking forward to future installments to see what happens next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    JAIME

    Solid effort for the first book in this series. The world building during the first few chapters was a little confusing, and I had to go back and read over a few places again to completely get my head around the different worlds and the peoples within. The heroine had approximately zero backbone for much of this book, which is fairly understandable given the absolute misery and mistreatment she has received at the hands of her uncle and mother. What's worse, is that she has absolutely no idea wh Solid effort for the first book in this series. The world building during the first few chapters was a little confusing, and I had to go back and read over a few places again to completely get my head around the different worlds and the peoples within. The heroine had approximately zero backbone for much of this book, which is fairly understandable given the absolute misery and mistreatment she has received at the hands of her uncle and mother. What's worse, is that she has absolutely no idea why. She endures savage beatings regularly and is forced to wear a veil at all times, for if anyone was to look upon her face, their lives are forfeit by decree of the bitch queen. What might be considered weakness, soon proves to be leverage of a sort when she realises that her mother does not just hide her face for spite, but is genuinely terrified for people to see what is hidden beneath the veil. Again something Lina doesn't understand since she has never see her own face, but will use against her mother to push her own agenda anyway. At great loss. Anyways, Lina eventually ends up being 'hosted' at an enemy kingdom's Court (though not as a prisoner really, she's pretty free to do whatever), all the while trying to find out who she is, and who is responsible for the attack back in her home country. Of course, given that this is YA, she can't do that sensibly, and this book ends with her disabling her guards doing a runner in a land she really has no knowledge of. Because, safe. SMDH.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

    This was an interesting YA fantasy novel. Very unique with solid characters. I wasn’t pleased about the way it ended, but I am intrigued enough to continue on to the next book in the series. It was well worth its .99 price listing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan Olguin

    Yes.❤ I love these people!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Irma

    “Do you choose to wear that veil?” he asks, turning back to me. I shake my head, and suddenly Kedrick is boiling mad. “Your mother is one sick, twisted bitch.” I honestly can't remember why I bought this book. Was it the cover, was it the blurb,... I really can't remember. I can only say that it was one of the best books I've EVER read. Gosh, I'm so... I'm... I want more. I need to read the rest of the books in this series asap. Need!

  23. 5 out of 5

    C.D. Gorri

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kelly St. Clare is a gifted storyteller and Fantasy of Frost is a thrilling first novel in the Tainted Accords series. This is definitely a book for anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy as the two symbiotic worlds within the novel are both fantastic and completely unique! Olina is the heroine of the novel and I found myself really moved by her journey. By the end of the book I was rooting for her all the way. It is not everyone who can create a female heroine with so much complexity. I was fascinated Kelly St. Clare is a gifted storyteller and Fantasy of Frost is a thrilling first novel in the Tainted Accords series. This is definitely a book for anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy as the two symbiotic worlds within the novel are both fantastic and completely unique! Olina is the heroine of the novel and I found myself really moved by her journey. By the end of the book I was rooting for her all the way. It is not everyone who can create a female heroine with so much complexity. I was fascinated by the way she was programmed from her early childhood to hide her face with a veil under threat of severe punishment to her and those she loves. Kedrick is her first love, with all the innocence and freshness that make him so special. He gives her some much needed confidence and teaches her that she has a lot of inner strength. When tragedy strikes and Olina is taken from her world to Glacium we come across characters who are both lively and secretive, they leave the reader wanting more. I for one cannot wait to read more about the tempestuous King Jovan! Overall Olina is my favorite character, her bravery and honesty make her a character that I really cared about by the end of the book. There is really something for everyone in this tale, a little young romance, coming of age, action scenes, heartbreak and adventure! I am already a huge fan and can't wait to read what comes next.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cécile

    Quel livre ! Quel univers ! J'ai plongé dans ce monde original et prenant. Olina est la princesse de Osolis, un pays aux règles strictes. Elle est voilée par sa mère depuis sa naissance sans qu'on ne sache pourquoi. Sans qu'elle même ne sache pourquoi. La seule personne à qui elle a montré son visage a été tué devant elle. En face d’Osolis se trouve Glacium, un pays au temps glacial mais où les personnes sont chaleureuses, bruyantes, où elles peuvent jurer et poser des questions de manière explici Quel livre ! Quel univers ! J'ai plongé dans ce monde original et prenant. Olina est la princesse de Osolis, un pays aux règles strictes. Elle est voilée par sa mère depuis sa naissance sans qu'on ne sache pourquoi. Sans qu'elle même ne sache pourquoi. La seule personne à qui elle a montré son visage a été tué devant elle. En face d’Osolis se trouve Glacium, un pays au temps glacial mais où les personnes sont chaleureuses, bruyantes, où elles peuvent jurer et poser des questions de manière explicite. En bref, Glacium est l’opposé d’Osolis et les accords de paix entre ces deux mondes sont très fragiles. Quand Olina se lie d’amitié avec le prince de Glacium de passage en Osolis et que celui-ci demande à voir son visage, tout le monde d’Olina va basculer... Cette série à TOUT pour plaire, le monde original, l'héroïne forte qui évolue (et apprend à jurer :-), les personnages secondaires très attachants, l'humour, les sarcasmes ,les amitiés, et l’amour qui se développe lentement mais sûrment. J’ai a-do-ré suivre l’évolution d’Olina, découvrir les us et coutumes de Glacium, j’ai adoré spéculer sur la raison de son voile, j’ai frissonné quand elle l’enlève, quand elle comprend, j’ai ri, eu les larmes aux yeux, je me suis attachée à tout et tout le monde. J’ai plongé dans cette série tête la première et j’ai été conquise par ce premier tome ! Une série à lire !

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    You can find a short review for this on GracelingAccountant.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Howarth

    Sometimes I hate when I step outside of my usual preferred genre. Reading a fantasy novel for me would be similar to a Tim McGraw fan buying a death metal album.... (I wonder how many people I just offended with that generalistaion?) Anyhoo, I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone on this one. Yes, I struggled in the beginning, but I think that had more to do with getting accustomed to the genre, not with the writing. The story was also inviting enough for me to want to keep going. Olina's s Sometimes I hate when I step outside of my usual preferred genre. Reading a fantasy novel for me would be similar to a Tim McGraw fan buying a death metal album.... (I wonder how many people I just offended with that generalistaion?) Anyhoo, I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone on this one. Yes, I struggled in the beginning, but I think that had more to do with getting accustomed to the genre, not with the writing. The story was also inviting enough for me to want to keep going. Olina's story is intriguing, original (or perhaps it's because I'm new to the genre? *I* found it original anyway.) and entertaining. My favourite parts were where she struggled with the meanings of swear words and did not believe a pig was a real creature. Her naivete though, was also her downfall. Olina is a perfectly strong heroine but does have major flaws. I won't give spoilers but the ending kind of came out of nowhere and took me by surprise. (In a good way). Can't wait for book 2.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sabruhu (leslecturesdesab)

    Woooow j'ai attendu tellement longtemps avant de lire ce livre, je ne comprends pas pourquoi! Mes copinautes n'en disaient que du bien, peut être trop! Mais quelle erreur d'avoir attendu! Quelle magnifique histoire. J’enchaîne avec le 2! Obligée!! et promis j'écouterai la prochaine fois quand on me poussera à lire un super livre!! Mini coup de coeur!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ari Reavis

    I stayed up until 430 a.m. reading this book. Yeah, it's that good. It made me laugh, cry, and gasp. I felt so proud of Olina for holding her head up through a lot of heart breaking situations. This book was great. I could not put it down. When I finished reading it and went to buy book #2 and saw it's wasn't available yet, my eyes just about popped out of my head. Oh, the agony. I can't wait. 

  29. 5 out of 5

    Veronika's ReaderFeeder

    It was surprisingly good! I can't wait to read the sequels. :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Megan Hunt

    Kelly has done it to me again! Another book that has left me reeling. Off to get book 2 now!!!! I was totally blind sighted with the actions that lead to Olina finding out her secrets she didn't know existed. I love the two worlds and how different they are, the people, the customs, the language. Almost like moving from NZ to Aus where both speak english but have odd names for things like a duvet is a doona, felts are texters and chilly bin is an esky. Slang and terms are different but mean the Kelly has done it to me again! Another book that has left me reeling. Off to get book 2 now!!!! I was totally blind sighted with the actions that lead to Olina finding out her secrets she didn't know existed. I love the two worlds and how different they are, the people, the customs, the language. Almost like moving from NZ to Aus where both speak english but have odd names for things like a duvet is a doona, felts are texters and chilly bin is an esky. Slang and terms are different but mean the same thing. I found some things slow down in this book, but i do believe some of the parts that were more menial might make sense or show differences between worlds in books to come. Like a little kid on Christmas day I'm off to read book 2. <3

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