Date of Publication: October 14, 2014
Dates Read: October 21-December21, 2015
Princess Snow is missing.
Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.
Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.
When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.
My Rating: ★★★★★
R.C. Lewis does it again. Another fun, adventure-filled sci-fi fairytale reimagining. She’s definitely going to become one of my auto-buy authors, at least for these kinds of books.
This review’s probably going to be short, just because I feel the same way about this book as I do about Spinning Starlight.
First of all: Dimwit. Yes. You might find it annoying at first, but don’t worry, if I learned to love that drone, you will, too. That last page of the book just destroyed my feelings.
One of my favourite things about this book is the evolution of Dane & Essie’s relationship. I don’t want to spoil anything, but their dynamic changes so many times over the course of this book. Their paths are never straightforward.
The characters were wonderful, as always. I love that all the drones had their own distinct personalities, and were treated like people. And the complication of Essie’s relationship with her father – odd how I never figured out what he was doing to her until he actually almost did it.
The storyline was exciting and always moving somewhere else. I don’t know that there were necessarily HUGE plot twists, but ones that were big enough to make me go “oh no” and want to continue reading to see what happened.
I also liked that there is still a bit of mystery near the end of the book. Again, trying not to make this too spoilery, but we never truly find out whether it’s the king, the queen, or both, who are behind a major lie.
The relationships, the heartbreak, the changes in Essie herself – yes yes yes yes.
Overall: Another awesome book by R.C. Lewis!