Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. ”


This book was a miss for me.

This is a  older YA fantasy series that I had seen floating around booktube a few years ago and seemed interesting at the time but I just never picked it up until now. My riend Julie (Pages & Pens on BookTube) and I decided to buddy read it together in June.

We both thought that this book was just an ok book and nothing too special.

Starting off with the characters, I felt myself never really connecting with Meira right from the start. I felt like that she never really grew and developed as a character and she just as  had so many YA tropes and cliches to her that it made me cringe at times. I really wish that she had developed more and maybe I would have been able to connect with here character.

Then going into the plot, it had its up and downs. There was some really great world-building. I enjoyed learning about all 4 of the kingdoms and how they all were connected to a different seasons. However, I felt like we, the readers, were thrown right into the action and didn’t get enough information on exactly what this “war” that Winter was fighting against the other kingdoms. The concept of this plot was more interesting than the execution.

Overall, this book was kind of a mess. I really wished I had liked it. This author has a really nice writing style that I think was perfectly suited for this genre but her first book was just not up to par with what I expect from a fantasy. Just not for me.