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Of Ice and Snow

Fairy Queen, Book 1
Narrated by: Melissa Reizian Frank
Series: Fairy Queens, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Teens, Myths & Legends
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Rule #1: Never bargain with the fae
Rule #2: Never fall for the enemy 

Otec is about to break both. 

The only shepherd in a family of warriors, Otec is humiliated when all his brothers leave to fight a war while he stays home to protect the women and children. But a chance meeting with the beautiful and dangerous Matka is about to change his destiny. 

And then his homeland is invaded. 

On the run and dodging enemies, Otec quickly learns there is more to the attack than a mere mortal could comprehend. The fae are involved. And if he is to survive their dark magic and impossible bargains, he will need to team up with the very woman who betrayed him. 

Can Otec win the biggest battle of his life, save his family, and somehow protect the woman he loves from the fate that the fae have in store for her? One-click Of Ice and Snow to find out! 

Seven fae bargains. Three immortal queens. One deadly outcome....

If you love THRONE OF GLASS and THE CRUEL PRINCE, then the Fairy Queen Series is for you. Don't miss the magic, romance, and redemption that will leave you breathless for more. Order now and let the adventure begin! 

"A captivating series!" (Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times best-selling author)                              

©2015 Amber Lynn Smith (P)2015 Amber Lynn Smith

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Short but fulfilling.

This is the prequel to Winter Queen and tells the story of Ilyenna's parents, Otec and Matka. Otec feels like he is overlooked by his family, and is simply a farmer, while all his brothers go to war to protect their home. When he comes back from the mountains with his flock, he meets Matka. She asks him to take her to the mountains in search for a rare flower. He agrees, but on their second day gone, Matka notices smoke coming from Otecs village. They see that his village has been attacked. Otec wants to run straight there to help, but Matka convinces him that he would be better off getting help from a nearby village. He knows she is right but what he finds on his way, rocks him to his core. Can he trust Matka, and just who is she?

Even though this is so short, it packs so much into it. Otec is such a quiet boy and I loved seeing him go from the quiet, insecure boy, into the clan chief we know him to be. It was nice to see Ilyennas parents and who they were before she came along. Ilyenna is more like her mother than I thought!

This was an intense, action packed, and fast paced read and a great addition to this series. This series is one of my favourites and I urge everyone to give it a go.

Melissa Reizian Frank was amazing. She has such a distinctive voice and has a lot of different tones and voices, that it brought the story to life. I really enjoyed her narration.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*

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Book 1

All the fighting got old. Like the characters story lines.....Otec & his foreign woman, etc. Take off on Game of Thrones with all the killin & all loved ones dying. Hope the other books in series get better.

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It was boring for me there action and a little romance but no wow moment for me

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Wars and family

This book was well written. I could see the battles in my mind as they were described. The author and narrator made it so easy to follow the action.

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I want the exception all the time!

The story had lots of twists and turns but I found myself tuning out at times. The narrator's performance lacked the passion and "sparkle" or vigor to hold my interest. Maybe the book would be better with another narrator?

There's a couple in danger, fighting warring clans but it's hard to fear for them because she reads the scenes between the couple with about as much passion as you'd expect from someone reading from the phone book. Yes, she's using different voices for the characters but there's little to no passion in her performance. Or, maybe I've just been spoiled by narrators that go above and beyond in their performances and they were the exception to the rule and this is the norm. If so, I want the exception all the time!

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Addicting read.

What a great little book! I was sucked in immediately by the characters, who were rich with personality and absolutely lovable. Amber Argyle had such a way of taking unusual characters, like Otec and his sisters, and making them distinct, lovable, and flawed yet able to find their inner strengths. This makes them jump right out of the bin and into my heart.

Otec meets Matka early in the story. He's a clanchief's son, but overshadowed by his older brothers. She's a foreigner, from a race that he doesn't trust due to raiding and slavery. In spite of these major differences, Otec and Matka quickly develop feelings for one another. The arc of their relationship moves along beautifully, as they race against their enemies, in an attempt to save as many clanswomen as possible from the fate of slavery.

They keep running up against new opposition, each thing more difficult than the last, finally culminating in a very intense fight, and also true and sweet declarations of love between Otec and Matka.

One thing I've always loved about Argyle's writing is that there doesn't always have to be a clear winner or loser. Nobody leaves battle like that unscathed, and she doesn't tie it up in a neat bow just to give us a happy ending. It's always satisfying, but also unflinchingly realistic.

Another favorite book by one of my all time favorite writers. Bravo.

This audio book was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.