Sunday, March 4, 2018

Web of Frost by Lindsay Smith

Web of Frost (Saints of Russalka, #1)Book Description:
A too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire, but can she trust the only person who’s taught her to use her gift?

Russalka is a proud empire, frozen and vast, protected for centuries by a royal family who works miracles from the saints. But rebellion stirs in the streets, and its war-hungry neighbors threaten to invade. The young princess Katza has been tormented by visions of her bloodied hands destroying Russalka—a clear message from the saints that she must never rule. So when tragedy places her next in line to the throne, Katza fears their warnings are on the verge of coming true.

Then she meets Ravin, a mysterious young prophet with visions of his own: visions of Katza as a regal empress with unimaginable power. All she has to do seize upon the holy magic of her bloodline. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza begins to wonder whether he has her best interests at heart. With a revolution boiling over and war looming at the border, the greatest threat to Russalka may be Katza herself.

My Thoughts:
This was an intriguing book.  Katza is a princess who never expected to be in control of her kingdom.  It was always supposed to go to her older brother.  Her job was to marry whichever royal her father deemed and strengthen ties to a bordering empire.  Life has a way of changing everything.  Her family has always had power, but the priests have limited how much they can use it.
Katza wants to do what her older bother would be proud of and be a voice for their people.  Her brother used power more than he was supposed to and she is scared of hers.  Her visions show a terrible fate for her country, but are they true visions or her own fears? She meets Ravin, a prophet unlike any other she has ever met. He wants to help her but will her acceptance of his help be the best thing she's ever done or the worst mistake she has ever made? It is an interesting book from start to finish.  It did get a bit bogged down in places, but overall it was a good story.
It was a 3/5 for me.  

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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