The Summer Kingdom has fallen to the Pale Queen, and it’s Claire’s fault. The Winter Kingdom faces destruction, and it’s her fault. Her mother is dead. Everything is her fault.
Once the designated assassin for Queen Mab, Claire is now nothing more than a humiliated mortal, haunted by her own failures. Abandoned by her former allies and stripped of her magic, Claire is banished to the Immortal Circus.
In place of this once-vibrant show now stands an empty husk. Performers who should be tethered to it for eternity are leaving, negating Winter’s last hold on the Dream. Someone is targeting Winter’s power by weakening its contracts – even Claire’s own. And it’s not hard to guess who’s behind it.
Power or no power, contract or no contract, Claire has an obligation to uphold. And with the fate of the worlds hanging in the balance, she takes on the hit she knows will be her last: the Pale Queen.
Genre: Paranormal & Urban
Title: Black Ice Burning
Series: Pale Queen #3
So I gotta tell you a funny story. Saw the cover on NetGalley and fell in love, fell even farther with the blurb, and even when I realized this wasn’t the first book in the Pale Queen series, I still wanted to read it first before starting at the beginning. Figured I’d start in the middle, go back, and then enjoy the rest of the ride, right?
I freaking loved the whole thing, but when I got to the Author’s Note and Kahler started talking about the ending of series, I wanted to die. Had I just broken like, the worse rule for a bookwyrm??? It sure fucking felt like it.
Amazing. A dark, sinfully fascinating story that takes the Fae Courts and turns them into something you’ll want to get lost in.
Whether you’re willing or not.
And so here we are, mind-blown and totally in love with a series that ended before our eyes. Like #fml okay? But enough with the bitching. Time to talk about the book.
This was seriously good. For one thing, I’ve never read this author or the series (obvious-fucking-ly) so I feel like it says a lot when a reader such as myself can come in at a random time and still follow with the story. Claire is detached, without emotional ties and a different set of morals. It’s not that she doesn’t feel, but she’s- well, the perfect assassin.
From what I’ve seen, she’s easily one of the more interesting characters I’ve come across. It was so weird seeing her so cold and indifferent in some things that usually bother the main character, the ‘hero’ of the story. Now, I know that she got real humble and more human in this installment, but still, it was just trippy being in her head, seeing her go through all this shit.
Speaking of shit… Kingsley was another fascinating face. He’s in love with her dead mother but slept with Claire and is immortal but still kinda young like whaaa??? Just this alone pretty much sums up how different this series is. And don’t get your panties in a twist, this isn’t a spoiler, the whole thing’s common knowledge in the past books. If anything, anyone reading this without having read the books before this is pretty much asking to be spoiled. But anyways.
God, this whole thing’s got me messed up right now. It’s like I fell in a lake of acid and don’t know whether to be happy at all the intensity or freaked out by how much it’s all ended for me. Like… you find something amazing, and it gets taken away from you.
But life goes on. Like I’m trying to do with this sorry excuse of a review. God, where was I? Okay, so all the reasons why this series (or this book if you’ve followed the series and randomly decided to stop) is a must read:
Winter and Summer courts of the fae; hot immortals; complicated stories; frightening bitch from hell;
perverted contracted incubus; the feels; unusual leads; entertaining plot twists; ‘fuck it all’ attitudes. Dark humor. Can’t forget that one.
This book is great because it’s convinced me to read the rest of this series and possibly more from the author. The writing style was great (dragged a little with the Pale Queen’s rants but honestly that’s more about my irritation with the psycho than the writing), the characters were weirdly unique and kinda crazy, and the plot was good. The story was totally engaging the whole way and I read til the very end in one sitting.
Can’t wait to get to the first book, though I’m seeing ‘the beginning’ in a different series so I’ll have to investigate. While I’m on that, check this series out lol