This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
The second book in Jay and Katie Barber’s Aronshae series is better in every conceivable way than its predecessor, the excellent "Spellbound". "Icebound" picks off after the events in the King’s castle. It is now time for the kingdom to strike a blow against the dreaded Ice Empress. Katya, Jared, Sasha and Mala must find a way to undo the corruption of the crystals while the King Branden and Brother Talas try and retake Snowhaven. New enemies, allies and situations complicate matters and make things in Aronshae more interesting.
"Icebound" expands upon the adventure, sword and sorcery scope of the first book. From a party system which involves a small group simply going on a quest, we now see a richer tapestry of strategy and tactics. The magnificent fight scenes that I loved about "Spellbound" are still present, but much improved and have expanded from hand-to-hand and paired combat to full on military skirmishes. The added scope of this novel did not detract from the rich characterization that was a prominent feature in the first. Even minor characters are incredibly fleshed out, with their own voices, perspectives and personalities. "Icebound" takes the character-driven storyline of "Spellbound" and takes it to new heights with the characters literally becoming living, breathing individuals. Their interactions with each other are such a pleasure to watch. The Barbers have a particular flair of taking a magical species concept and making it their own, dragons, rhymes and shape-shifters, oh my! I had high expectations about the second book of Barber's Aronshae series and "Icebound" exceeded them all. The particular ending of this one though makes me impatient to find out what Jay and Katie Barber has in store for readers in the next book of the series.