Genre: YA fantasy, lgbtqia+
Release date: 28 December, 2021
My rating: 5/5 stars
Representation: sapphic main characters, gay side characters
CW: murder, violence, war
From the author of The Dark Tide comes a standalone LGBTQ YA fantasy set in the snow-cloaked Kingdom of Polva, where witches are burned and two enchantresses secretly compete for the heart of a prince, only to discover that they might be falling for each other
It’s Karnawal season in the snow-cloaked Kingdom of Polva, a time marked by wintry balls, glittery disguises, and cavalcades of nightly torch-lit “kuligi” sleigh-parties.
And two wicked enchantresses join the merrymaking. Zosia and Marynka are caught up in all the icy glitz of Karnawal. They find themselves setting their sights on the same crown prince. Zosia wants his heart to use it’s magic to earn her freedom, and Marynka it to prove her worth to the witch she serves.
When neither will sacrifice their ambitions for the other, the festivities turn into a magical contest. But their magic does not go unnoticed, and this is a country that enjoys watching witches burn. Zosia and Marynka’s escalating rivalry might cost them not just their love for each other, but both their lives.
My rating: 5/5 stars
I am obsessed with this book. This is the perfect magical, winter wonderland, witch-y, sapphic, enemies to lovers romance book to read this winter. The setting is so stunningly written, the fantasy elements of the sparkling winter set the scene for an amazing cutthroat battle for a prince’s pure heart.
Marynka and Zosia are Midday and Midnight, servants to Black and Red Jaga, the witches that rule over noon and night. Since their childhood, they have been pitted head to head on bloody missions for the witches. Marynka thrives on their rivalry, though she does not often win. On her first mission away from the witches’ forest, she is determined to gather the prince’s pure heart for Red Jaga. Unfortunately, so is Zosia. They both travel to the capital city among the highest social season, a time of glittery winter balls and snow filled parties of the high class.
The wind picked up, carrying through the branches to whisper of cunning things, of monsters and men crouched in wait.”
Their battles are violent and vicious, neither girl holding back and both enjoying every minute. Which of course makes it all that much sweeter when they each begin to realize their feelings for each other. The tension, the romance, omg. As the battle for the prince’s heart heats up, and so does the girls’ feelings, true intentions are revealed and revolution, betrayal, and love all clash together.
When deciding my rating for this book, I realized I did not have a single complaint. The pacing was perfect, the setting was lush but not over detailed, the characters were lovable but flawed, I mean, what more could you want in a book?
I flew through this book in less than a week and I cannot wait until it comes out so I can get my hands on a physical copy. My ebook is covered in highlights and notes and I’m sure my physical copy will be too.
Overall, I absolutely do recommend this book! It had everything I could have asked for and I have literally nothing negative to say about it.
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