Of Ice & Fire


Fiction - Science Fiction
447 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2024
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Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite

Ross C. Miller’s Of Ice & Fire: Trevvor is a gripping science fiction novel inspired by the Shadows and Ash universe created by Stacy Shofner-Williams' novels, Of Shadows & Ash, books 2 and 3. In the foreword, prologue, and early chapters, Miller provides backstories of the Shadows and Ash universe. However, Of Ice & Fire turned into an immersive unique book for me. The story is set on two planets, Atad and Zehdek, in the same solar system. Atad has two continents, Atad and Dramen. Atad is now ruled by the Dramens. Eons ago, Zehdek invaded Atad, and although the different peoples co-exist, the Zehdek have retained their distinctive language, values, and beliefs. Trevvor Gade is originally from Dramen and is a minister in the Dramenian government in Atad. Janet Skyy and her father, scholar Leslye Skyy, are of the Atad world. A mysterious light on Atad, known as the Light of Issura, has been observed for millennia. Trevvor, Janet, and Leslye are known as Masters of the Light. A new group from Zehdek arrives on Atad, drawn by the Light, and kidnaps Trevvor and Janet. Their lives hang in the balance, caught up in a power struggle on Zehdek.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ross C. Miller’s well-crafted novel for its remarkable characters, compelling storyline, and detailed and imaginative planetary worldbuilding. This was a page-turner for me because of its many-layered and multifaceted connections between the two planets, Atad and Zehdek. Trevvor Gades’ character sprang to life through the dramatic and dangerous situations he finds himself in on both Atad and Zehdek. I particularly liked the character of Raddoth, who is a descendant of the ancient Zehdekiins on Atad and is kidnapped by the new Zehdekiins, along with Trevvor and Janet. Raddoth adds great depth in bringing out the complexity of the political systems, languages, cultures, and beliefs on both planets. The buildup of suspense is fantastic as Raddoth and other Zehdekiins protect Trevvor and Janet, knowing their lives will be forfeit if discovered. The mystery of the Light on Atad is interwoven skilfully into the plot and I liked how Janet's character emerges and her role comes to the forefront. I enjoyed the last chapters very much as characters and historical details appear, connecting the two planets in a struggle for survival and peace. Of Ice & Fire: Trevvor is a complex and well-told space opera of planetary civilizations with unforgettable characters and a dramatic tale of survival. It is also a story about friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice.

K.C. Finn

Of Ice & Fire: Trevvor is a work of fiction in the science fiction, action, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Ross C Miller, this engaging narrative delves into a world where destruction looms, and the only hope lies in the unpredictable element of randomosity. Trevvor Gade, a Minister in the Dramenian government, becomes increasingly disillusioned with his people as he discovers unsettling truths about their history. Meanwhile, Janet, daughter of Leslye Skyy, finds herself entangled in political machinations after the Dramenians take control. The narrative seamlessly connects with Stacy Shofner-Williams' Of Shadows & Ash trilogy to offer a gripping storyline but also serves as a crucial piece in understanding the broader story universe.

Author Ross C Miller has crafted a compelling tale in its own right that also complements an existing story universe with a unique and engaging perspective. The storytelling is dynamic, shifting between political intrigue, personal dilemmas, and the looming threat of conquest. It offers a great variety of pace that catapults us into the next action but allows room for the serious ramifications to sink in and the stakes to rise higher and higher. The novel masterfully captures the tension and conflicts within the Zehdekiin world while hinting at the broader repercussions for the characters and their impending fate. The backstory is elegantly threaded throughout the narrative, providing context without overwhelming the reader, and keeping the focus firmly on the plentiful action of here and now. Overall, I would certainly recommend Of Ice & Fire: Trevvor as an exciting work of science fiction in its own right and an even better read for fans of the trilogy, which it perfectly complements.

Stephanie Chapman

Ross C. Miller’s Of Ice and Fire: Trevvor is a science fiction story of survival and personal growth for Trevvor Gade. The book is in three distinct parts, each labeled with profound statements. The day before the unveiling ceremony, Rydaan summoned Trevvor to a meeting, where she stripped him of his rank. Trevvor was stunned when she added that he had to speak at the ceremony, or she would execute him and the Skyys. His best friend, Raddoth, assured Trevvor that he would secure their transportation. The group escaped from Atad City and planned to stay at the Skyy family’s home in Arradan. However, they learned that a Zehdekian commander from the planet Zehdek demanded to speak with the Masters of the Light. During an altercation, Trevvor and Raddoth were taken prisoner by Commander Vey back to Zehdek.

Ross C. Miller included a foreword that I found helpful in understanding the different races and their circumstances. For instance, Zehdekians were slaves in Atad, but in Zehdek, they were fierce warriors, intellectuals, and builders. There were several subplots occurring while Trevvor was learning to survive his captivity. I was intrigued by Pflii, who was the only female llon. Her fierce fighting ability was impressive, but she proved her mind made her a formidable opponent. Raddoth was the best friend that anyone would want by their side. He didn’t have to help Trevvor, but his dedication made Trevvor consider Raddoth a brother. The unpredictable plot drew me in with the vivid descriptions of each event. There were no dull moments, and the action scenes were intense. The suspenseful ending left me eager to read a sequel. Of Ice and Fire: Trevvor is capable of being a standalone science fiction novel. Fans of the series Of Shadow and Ash will find Miller's Of Fire and Ice: Trevvor complements the series.

Rabia Tanveer

in the novel Of Ice & Fire: Trevvor by Ross C Miller, Trevvor was a minister for the Dramenian government and had a strong position in the Atad. He hated how he had become part of the Atad and Dramenian. On the other hand, Janet Skyy had no direction. Together, they were given the titles of Lords of the Light after their heroism, and their reward for that was being sent to Zehdekiin. Unwillingly, Janet and Trevvor were sent to spearhead the agenda to conquer the land. Both of them knew that they would never be able to return to their people or make it back to their world alive. All they could do was try to survive the new environment and the conspiracies of the Dramenian government back home. But would they?

Of Ice & Fire: Trevvor by Ross C Miller continues the story of Janet and Trevvor from the Shadows and Ash series by author Stacy Shofner Williams. I really enjoyed reading Of Ice & Fire. Although it took me some time to become familiar with the names, places, and characters, once I grasped everything, I was not going anywhere else. The world-building was fantastic, the character development was great, and the overall feel of the story was incredible. I enjoyed Trevvor’s reactions and the way author Ross C Miller shared his emotions with the reader. The narrative style was immersive, the pace was fast, and the descriptions were vivid. I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would and am now a fan!

Paul Zietsman

Of Ice & Fire: Trevvor is a fantasy science-fiction novel by Ross C. Miller that overlaps another author, Stacy Shofner-Williams', Of Shadows & Ash 2 and 3. Trevvor Gade and Janet Skyy, along with a handful of others, are taken against their will from their relatively primitive home planet of Atad to the technologically evolved planet of Zehdek. In this world, which is completely strange and unknown to them and whose inhabitants are alarmingly hostile, they must find a means to survival and, hopefully, a means to return to their home planet. Through their human traits of friendship, love, humor, and other characteristics foreign to the Zehdekiin, they form new bonds and find new allies in their quest for a peaceful outcome for both themselves and the inhabitants of Zehdek.
What I found most striking about Of Ice & Fire was the depth of the characters into which Ross C. Miller breathes life. Not only are they authentic in what could be called a strange and foreign fantasy world, but they also wear their desires and emotions on their sleeves, causing the reader to dread and dream along with them. This is especially for the main character, Trevvor, who possesses dignity and charm yet also bravery and aggression when such is called for. The different races and worlds are brilliantly depicted, which makes for a fantasy reader's dream come true. Themes of friendship, courtship, and bonds are explored, as well as peace as opposed to war. Of Ice & Fire is a fabulous joyride into fantasy worlds that not only satisfies the imagination but leaves one pondering important issues of the day as well.