Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review: Summer of Frost by L.P. Dover

The Land of the Fae is strong with all four courts banded as one, but uncertainty still remains as they all work together to end the dark sorcerer’s evil reign. Sorcha—the one and only Winter Court princess—has a secret, a secret that she has enjoyed keeping for the past six months. When a much awaited announcement brings her to the Spring Court, and face to face with the man in her dreams, will she be strong enough to keep up the fa├žade of her icy exterior, or will she melt into his arms like she does in her dreams?

After formally meeting Sorcha at the Winter Ball, Drake—Summer Court prince and army leader—knew there was a fiery passion underneath her winter skin, a passion he wanted desperately to ignite with his own. However, with her frigid responses toward him he’s decided to keep his distance, except how can he when his dreams feel real? Seeing her again only ignites his interest, and this time he’s not going to let his arrogance or her frosty heart stand in his way.

Through unexpected tragedy, Sorcha discovers the one thing the dark sorcerer has spent his whole existence trying to protect, but what makes it more difficult is that only one of the Four is strong enough to retrieve it. The tides have now changed. With Drake’s help, will Sorcha find what she’s searching for? Or will the dark sorcerer beat them to it, shattering all hope of finding out the one thing that could save the Land of the Fae … how to destroy him?

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If I told you I wasn't excited for this third installment in the Forever Fae series, that would be a complete sham. I have been waiting to see if or when Drake, the eldest Summer fae Prince was going to come to the party and Summer of Frost did not disappoint. We first met these two and felt their pull toward each other in the second book and that's where we pick up this book with another visit to the Winter Ball, this time focusing on Drake and Sorcha, the only princess of the Winter Court. The attraction is instant, but it takes a while for these two to truly come least in the real world. You see, Sorcha is a dream walker and can enter others dreams and interact with them,  which she does every night with Drake, but he doesn't know that these passion filled and secret brimming dreams are very real for him and Sorcha. What will happen when he finds out? And of course what plans does the Dark Sorcerer have to get a hold of Sorcha's powers to complete his take over of the Land of Fae? You will find out in Summer of Frost!!

I really love this series and really can't get enough, but I'll be honest Drake has interested me from the very beginning so I was thrilled with him getting his own book. There are so many different reasons to find him fascinating beyond the fact that he is this hunky warrior future King of Summer. He is passionate, fair and HE IS A DRAGON! What? Dragon? Yes, dragon! That was just so awesome to add to the mix of the ever growing number of fae creatures in this world! It's just another in a long list of really cool powers these characters seem to be adding to the mix. This ranks up there with Kalen's wolf pack for me and it was a really fun way to solve the problems that arise for these characters.

Now as much as I could blather on and on about Drake all day long and never stop, Summer of Frost is very much Sorchas' story. She is another kick-ass female to add to all the others and I am thrilled with that. I love that she can beat up the men and handle that spear of hers like nobody else. She is in control of her future and has the stubbornness to keep everything on track. She can be more hardheaded than sometimes Drake wants her to be, but so do the other women in Forever Fae so she fits right in with Calista and Meliantha!

Outside of the two main characters, my favorite part of this story was I felt the change from the first two. The Dark Sorcerer was in this story much less than the first two and that was refreshing. It wasn't the same thing repeated (i.e. betrayal-capture-rescue-happily ever after) We switched it up and made it more about finding a way to kill said Sorcerer instead of just rescuing another princess from his grasp. Plus, I felt Sorcha made the most direct of sacrifices for the good of the whole land in this one and that was something completely different. I'm not saying the other two lacked sacrifice, but this was deliberate and calculated versus being forced upon in a moment of crisis. It can be tough when you start to get this far in a series because you don't want a story to be redundant or not be unique and Summer of Frost excelled in so many ways.

I would have loved to hear more about Sorcha and Drake in this story, but I say that after all of these books. There's just not enough time or pages to write it all down, I'm sure. However, there was one quote that caught my attention that I wanted to know more:

" I love you, Drake. I spent my whole life living in my mother's shadow until you came along. You brought me a love so scorching yet tender that I was bound to be melted by it. "

THAT right there I wanted elaborated on. We never really talked about her relationship with her mother or even her brothers. What makes Sorcha so tough and stubborn? What would make her say something like that? I would have loved to hear a story that made her hide her harp playing abilities and why she is so hell bent on being able to take care of herself and fight the men.

I can not wait to read the conclusion to the Forever Fae series and I will be so sad at the same time. I have really developed a love for these characters and the world they live. Even though the formation of a new Land of Fae will mean the end of a series I would consider one of my favorites, I am looking forward to Brayden and Ariella's story and the epic conclusion!- My Opinon-Buy it!

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