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ARC Review: Beasts of the Frozen Sun

Happy Friday Everyone!

I first started on Netgalley at the end of July, and I must say that the number of approved ARCs I have been given have surprised me. I was honored to receive an ARC copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell, is the first in an all new action packed, forbidden romance series.

The book description was taken from the Goodreads website:

“Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.

Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.

When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.

As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.”

I am still reeling from the ending of this book. I am so glad the author is not stopping with this one, and that there is more to come because wow. The story follows our two main characters Lira and Reyker, who are both trying to come to terms with their lives. Lira has the gift to read people’s souls, and her clan uses her power to determine the measure of their souls. Lira’s findings basically determine if someone lives or someone dies. Reyker is cursed to basically be blood thirsty in battle, and in his own way a slave to his curse. When Reyker washes up on Lira’s shore she discovers that there is more to him than what meets the eye, when she reads his soul.

The relationship that blooms between Reyker and Lira is so beautifully written, that it made me root for them from the very beginning. There is some lore and magic thrown into the story that just makes the plot so much better. The first book hasn’t even come out yet, and I already wish I had the second one so I can continue this amazing story and see where the adventure takes our characters next.

Jill has a gem of a story on her hands and I can see this book becoming a movie in the future. This book will leave you wanting more, and it is one you can’t miss. If you love action, romance, magic, and a story that will take you on a wild adventure, than on August 6th, you better pick up your copy and join what is sure to be the next big hit!

Go on a wild adventure to save everything you know and love my dear readers!


2 thoughts on “ARC Review: Beasts of the Frozen Sun”

  1. I loved this one as well! I reviewed it recently and just like you, can’t wait for the second book to come out 🙂
    Lira and Reyker’s relationship was indeed amazing but I feel like their first kiss was a bit underwhelming for me… Hopefully, things continue to flow nicely throughout the trilogy – I would hate for it to lose its charm! But I certainly wasn’t expecting to read such a brilliant debut so there you go.
    Great review 🙂


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