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Reviewed by Aimee Carol Dixon for Readers' Favorite
To know the future you must know the past. No one understands the truth of that statement better than a vampire whose life has spanned centuries. Knowing the importance of their shared past, and that neither life nor fate happen in a vacuum, Eliza, Thedryk, and Xavier take steps to ensure Neva gains the knowledge of the past that will help her navigate the path to their future. On edge from the uncertainties surrounding her niece’s fate and haunted by the dreams her gifts provide, Neva decides to take matters into her own hands. With Thedryk’s help, she slips away from Eliza’s home and the sanctuary provided therein and sets off on a journey that shakes her to the core. Blizzard is the brilliantly executed and fast-paced sequel to Mikayla Elliot’s Snow.
Mikayla Elliot has outdone herself with the second installment of her Black Ice Trilogy. The last thing I expected when I dove into Blizzard was to get such a thrilling look at the past. It was exquisitely painful to see firsthand what happened to Eliza, to be so immersed in her life so long ago that you could feel the swirl of her emotions as well as the repercussions of her actions. I had to pause and gather myself after the memory travel was done to process the revelations, settle back into the present, and of course allow myself some time to play with possibilities before continuing on more excited than ever. It was a bold move on Elliot’s part to not only shift perceptive so completely but to engage with the history as nothing less than a short novel in its own right, but Elliot pulled it off with well-earned aplomb. The transitions in Blizzard all took place so seamlessly that I honestly didn’t notice them at first. They were just so well crafted, you could tell Elliot had put a lot of work into getting them just right.
Blizzard was so different from what I’d expected from the end of Snow, and so much better than I could have hoped. Elliot juggled expanding the lore of her world with bringing out absolutely glorious facets of the plot in a way that can only be described as beautifully. I don’t want to say too much so as not to spoil anything, but what stood out to me as I neared the end of Blizzard is the hidden pain in the nature of a savior. Neva is so lost and so frustrated, but that frustration makes sense to an achingly clear degree. Blizzard made me abandon hope of guessing what Elliot has in store, but that only makes it more fun to guess.