Frost and Flame by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Demi-gods at war, Highlander style!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: 🤓☹️😙🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Nola Lee – she was raised in foster care with her sister Vale, Shadow and Ice. Nola was weak and sickly, suffering from Lupus and Fibromyalgia which flared up often, causing her terrible pain and left her addicted to opiates. She often dreamed of a golden God who spoke to her and called her princess.
The Hero: Bane – He was once dating Avalene, the woman that would one day become queen of his world. After becoming Queen she broke the engagement after she changed into cold, callus and evil queen and luckily she no longer wanted him. Though he was bound to her since she was his queen, he was forced to obey when she called on him. He married another warrior, named Merideth and was happy and his beast was kept at bay, he had retired after winning two “All Wars” for his queen.
The Story: When Bane’s queen ordered him to compete in another All War on a planet called Terra, he declined. Though after she had his Merideth killed, he had no choice. She said that she knew he would win, if only to return and try to kill her for what she did. She was right, he was now determined to win the All War, a demi-god filled fight to the death for the rights to rule the planet. However, after just a short time at war, all the demi-gods were frozen in ice somewhere in Russia.
Bane appeared in Nola’s dreams and he lured her to Russia on vacation with her foster sister Vale. While lost in the snow, they came across the frozen warriors and the warriors finally escaped their icy prison after 1300 years. Nola was taken and protected by a warrior named Zion, whom she became friends with, while her opioids wore off and she went into withdrawals.
This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narration was done by Melissa Moran and Robert Petkoff. Melissa Moran has a youthful feminine voice and shows emotion through her voice very well. I like her voice and her style. Robert Petkoff is good at using different voices for different characters and does a great job as well.
I thought the first book in this series was a bit too complicated with the All War and how the rules started a second then a third and all the different combatants, their powers and their specialized weapons. I just had a lot of trouble keeping up with it all. Though since this is the second book, I didn’t that same issue, so this was the better book.
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