Book Two of the Chronicles of Aronshae

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
460 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2012
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Author Biography

Jay and Katie Barber combine their names to write under the pen name, J. K. Barber. The couple lives in Roswell, GA with their children, Maya and Gabe, as well as their four rescue cats. Jay graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in English literature, and Katie graduated from The University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in English creative writing. They combine their educations, writing together as a co-author team, for projects such as the "Chronicles of Aronshae" and "Mervidia."

In addition to their collaborative work, Jay and Katie also have individual titles: "Hidden Path," a prequel to their trilogy written by Jay, and "Fallen," a post-apocalyptic angel novel written by Katie. The Barbers enjoy being parents, table top gaming, reading, mixed martial arts, riding motorcycles, and playing MMO games such as World of Warcraft.

    Book Review

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.