BOOK 1: Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Ice Kissed description:
In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…
Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.
The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.
As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.
It had been so long since I read the first book it took me a little bit to remember everything and get into it, and I eventually went back to the first book and looked over it to remember, so yeah never a good idea to go that long between books. I like how Bryn is evolving, and beginning to see her world in a new way. Realizing that being the person who is completely loyal to the kingdom can mean going against what you feel is morally right. She begins to see how even the best of people may do the wrong things just because they’re ordered too. It’s great to see so much of the Skojare and Kanin, and how the rules and standards so often make the people there feel trapped, and pushed to lie and sneak around. Plus the romantic angle is truly sweet. Not just Bryn and Ridley, who are getting to be great, but even Tilda and Kasper’s relationship gives a good reflection against Bryn’s views to see and change how she approaches love.