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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
The Jarl of Oakharrow, Bor Kjellson, was of feeble mind, and his heir, Annar, ruled instead. Annar had two other brothers and one sister named Aelthena. She wanted to be more, but their culture forbade it. Aelthena lived with people who believed the woman’s place was by the hearth, to be seen and not heard. She was stubborn, challenged the status quo, and dreamed of leading Oakharrow one day. When an enemy razed her home, taking everything but her brother Bjorn the coward, the mantle rested on him. But does Bjorn have the strength to take charge of his Jarlheim? With no one to trust, brother and sister will show their mettle as politics and webs of deceit spin in The Throne of Ice and Ash by J. D. L. Rosell.
The Throne of Ice and Ash by J. D. L. Rosell was an enthralling novel that would appeal to lovers of epic fantasy tales with a realistic touch. This saga took root in the fabled nation of Baegard, governed by betrayal, agendas, hypocrisy, manipulation, politics, evil schemes, and more. The author fleshed out this realistic story around a brilliant plot and excellent character development. Rosell captured all the relevant emotions, and I connected with the characters. This story made me reason with the protagonists, even though they annoyed me to no end, especially Bjorn. However, Frey and Bastor grew on me as the novel progressed, and I can’t wait to read about their exploits in subsequent installments. I must commend the flawless editing and writing style as these made the book enjoyable. Keep writing, J. D. L. Rosell!