Title Cold Queen
Author K. Webster
Description from Amazon
In a cold, empty castle, a young queen is dying.
Weak. Fragile. Disgraced.
But Queen Whitestone is not alone in her final days.
She has her beloved sister.
Until a wicked king rides onto her land.
Arrogant. Insufferable. Demanding.
King Bloodsun has come with an offer…peace in trade for a bride.
He wants the princess.
The fiery king won’t take no for an answer.
He vows to keep the cold queen captive until she gives in to his demands.
A queen bows for no one, though.
Not even when she’s frail and fading away.
She’ll tap into her strength, protecting the only family she has left.
The king is about to learn why they call her the cruel one…
I sort of stumbled upon this book after reading Of Beast and Beauty by Chanda Hahn and it sounded interesting. One of my goals for 2020 is to read more adult fiction (nothing crazy, I just mean as opposed to YA) so this was a perfect choice.
Some Things I Liked
- Length. This was a shorter book and I read it in about 2.5 hours. I enjoyed the pace of this story.
- POVs. I always love alternating POV. I thought it was really well done here.
- Witty banter. I loved the back and forth between the main characters.
This book is part of a series but this story is a standalone. I’d love to see more books written by K. Webster set in this world. I think there is tons of potential for more here. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’d read the other books written by different authors in this series. I really enjoyed the writing style and I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be the same. I’d consider it, but I think I became a fan of this author as opposed to this series.
Full disclosure, this book has some dark themes and subject matter. This is not a YA book as it also has some mature content. But, I did enjoy it nonetheless. The ending was great and it had some unexpected twists. This story is part of the “Sinister Fairytale” series, but I have no idea what this was a retelling of. It doesn’t really matter, but but I couldn’t tell at all (maybe it’s something I haven’t read?) . Overall, this was an enjoyable, quick read.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Of Beast and Beauty by Chanda Hahn – I found Cold Queen from the recommendations in GoodReads on the page for Of Beast and Beauty and totally agree that this is a good rec. Chanda Hahn’s series is much more YA but there are definitely similar elements that I think readers of any age would enjoy.
- Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross – if you liked the banter and magical elements of this story, give this new series by Juliette Cross a try.