Title: The Frozen Crown
Author: Greta Kelly
Series: Warrior Witch #1
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Recommended for fans of: Game of Thrones
Content Warnings: violence
A princess with a powerful and dangerous secret must find a way to save her country from ruthless invaders in this exciting debut fantasy, the first novel in a thrilling duology packed with heroism, treachery, magic, and war.
Askia became heir to the Frozen Crown of Seravesh because of her devotion to her people. But her realm is facing a threat she cannot defeat by sheer will alone. The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave her lands. For months, her warriors have waged a valiant, stealth battle, yet they cannot stop the enemy’s advancement. Running out of time, she sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan.
A young woman raised in army camps, Askia is ill-equipped to navigate Vishir’s labyrinthine political games. Her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her, leaving her vulnerable not only to enemies gathering at Vishir’s gates, but to those behind the palace walls.
And in this glittering court, where secrets are worth more than gold, Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature. For Askia is a witch gifted with magical abilities—knowledge that could destroy not only her life but her people. As her adversaries draw closer, Askia is forced to make an impossible choice—and no matter what she decides, it may not be enough to prevent Seravesh’s fall.
This EPIC (in all senses of the word) fantasy focuses on politics, royal drama, and magic. It didn’t have quite as much action as I expected, but I loved the characters, the political machinations, and the lush world building. This series has a really interesting magic system, and I’m hoping book 2 explores it deeper.
The ending was NUTS. The plot developed pretty steadily throughout the book til we were suddenly hit with twist after twist after twist. I am DYING for the second book in this duology to come out. I have so many questions that I need answered! I have a feeling book 2 will have a different feel than book 1, but I also have no idea what to expect.
Greta Kelly knows how to write a great fantasy. And let’s not forget the cover love!
Thank you to Harper Voyager and William Morrow Books for gifting me a finished copy.