Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘White as Frost’ by Anthea Sharp organised by Storytellers on Tour. There is also an International Giveaway at the end of this post where you have the chance to win a hardback of this fantastic book for yourself.
I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE).
*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*
Two sisters. One enchanted forest. And a hidden destiny that could doom them both…
I didn’t want to come live in the castle beside the Darkwood, and I especially didn’t want to become enemies with my stepsister Neeve. But how could I help it? She has magic, while I’m an ordinary girl. She’s the heir to the throne, while I’m an annoying afterthought since my mother married the king. And Neeve has the ability to master her emotions while I’m a red-haired disaster.
She also has Thorne, the handsome guardian of the forest, who tutors her in the powers that are her heritage. Even though I know he could never be mine, I can’t keep my heart from dreaming of the impossible.
But everything changes, the day I uncover the secrets the castle has been hiding…
From USA Today bestseller Anthea Sharp comes this fantasy fairy-tale weaving elements of Snow White & Rose Red with romance, magic, and dangerous secrets that will destroy a kingdom.
‘It was spring, after all, the air soft with promise. Winter would come, I knew, but for now, I would heed Mistress Ainya’s advice and take each as it came.’
White as Frost is a beautiful book, the cover is gorgeous (and is what caught my attention initially), and the premise was interesting and introduced me to a new fairytale which I had only vaguely heard of before and it’s always fun to come across retellings for tales that aren’t quite as well known.
I loved the worldbuilding in this one. Sharp does a fantastic job of creating the atmosphere of a fairytale, with that blend of mystery and magic, wonder and intrigue that leaves a potent feeling in the air and quickly pulls you into the story. The Darkwood has a character all of its own, and the scenes within its borders were without a doubt some of my favourites, and I very much enjoyed the magical creature and magic, as well as the various mysteries that it throws up around Rose and through her and Neeve’s search for answers. It was also interesting to see this magical environment, contrasted with what was happening in Parnesse where those with magic were being persecuted. There were so many secrets in this one, and it felt as though we’ve barely scratched the surface of what there is to learn about this world, even as we were given tantalising glimpses.
The writing captured the essence of this story perfectly and made White as Frost an enjoyable read, painting a vivid story. The characters were just as well written as the world; however, I struggled a little to connect with any of the characters. Mostly, I think that is just personal preference because each of them had a distinctive voice and character and brought many different elements to the story. Rose and Neeve made for an interesting, contrasting pair, although I found Rose the more intriguing of the two – there is so much more that we need to know about her, also I can’t help but respect her courage and determination to learn more about magic after what she witnessed as a child. The romantic aspect added another level of possibilities to a story that was about finding answers, with both Thorne and Kian also bringing more choices and more secrets to the fold, and it will be interesting to see what path the characters take in future books.
This was an enchanting read, and while I personally didn’t get on with the characters quite as much as I had hoped to, I believe this is a book that many people will love. Perfect for anyone who enjoys fairytale-inspired stories, vivid worldbuilding and a strong romantic storyline.
About the Author:
ANTHEA SHARP is the USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning Feyland series – where a high-tech game opens a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie – and the Darkwood Chronicles, a prequel series to the Darkwood Trilogy, where humans and Dark Elves inhabit a lush fantasy world full of magic and danger. She currently splits her year between sunny Southern California and the novel-inspiring forests of the Pacific Northwest.
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