*I received this book as an eARC from Amber Argyle in exchange for an honest review.*
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Title: Winter Queen
Year Published: 2013
Synopsis: ~Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~
Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.
Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation.
With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever.
Why?: If that cover wasn't enough to make me want to read this book, the synopsis certainly is. War, adventure, tough choices, fairies.... I mean, this sounds like everything I love wrapped up into one fantastic book. Plus, I absolutely loved Argyle's Witch Song series, and I have no doubt this will be even better.
Expectations: I expect an epic story about a girl who has to make decisions harder than anything I would ever imagine having to make. Lots of war and adventure, and underlying motives that will result in twists that (I hope) I won't see coming. Maybe there will be a way for Ilyenna to have a happy ending? I hope so.
Judging a book by its cover: This cover is absolutely gorgeous. I would totally pick this up in a library or bookstore.