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Heart-pounding follow up to BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN
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**This review contains spoilers for book 1, BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN**


Lira and Reyker are adrift, both believing the other to be dead. Neither has time to properly grieve as Draki continues his quest to build an empire and have both Lira and Reyker as weapons. Lira's journey is guided by the Fallen Ones, whom she's now a vessel for, and they instruct her to go to Reyker's homeland. Meanwhile, Reyker is trying to take Draki down from the inside, but his choices are limited and none are easy. Just when it seems the two of them will be reunited, they are torn apart once more. Reyker and Lira will have to make the toughest choices of their lives so far if they have any hope of saving the world from Draki.

While I definitely enjoyed the first book in this series, this sequel went darker and got more intense than I ever imagined, and I found myself even more invested than I was in book 1. Normally, I tend to dislike the trope of the lovers from book 1 being separated in book 2, but Criswell did a phenomenal job teasing the reader with a reunion and giving them time together in their dreams (though neither thought the dreams were real). The emotional angst was cranked way up, and I often wanted to read ahead just to make sure they did reunite at some point because I was so on edge.

What stood out to me the most was Lira's arc. She's been through so much trauma in a short amount of time, and that's driving her to a dark place inside herself. Her morality lines get more blurred the more she loses those she loves. This is a great example of how hard it is to fight for mental health and well-being when you're in a situation of continual and building trauma, left with no time to process or find healing. I can't wait to see how she grows and changes in the final book of the series.

KINGDOM OF ICE AND BONE brings more emotion, angst, drama, and battles of will to Lira and Reyker's story. This is a sequel you won't be able to put down once you start reading.
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