I discovered this author on Twitter, and that discovery has changed my writing and appreciation of fantasy storytelling forever. That’s it! That’s the review!
I’m kidding. Well, kidding about that being all I can say about this story world – because that could go on for days. I got the first book in the trilogy, The Frost Eater, after following the author on Twitter and enjoying what I saw. I don’t know how long it had been since a book grabbed me like that one did, but I was in it for the long haul and quickly bought the rest of the series.
The characters are engaging and the plot is genius – I mean seriously, the kind of genius that has you laughing, crying, and A-HAing out loud as you read it. I became so invested in the story that when I disagreed with a plot twist it made me genuinely angry/confused/eager to figure out why that happened. As a reader, that’s the best kind of angst. The world contains a unique magic system in which magic users require components to be able to use their magic. In book one, Nora is a Frost Eater which means she can conjure amazing frozen things…but she must eat ice as fuel. This way there are high stakes from the very beginning and the author has avoided the overpowered tropes seen in other fantasy worlds.
The Seer’s Sister is a prequel only in that it is set in the time before the beginning of the Frost Eater. Do yourself a solid and wait to read it until you’ve finished the trilogy. There are things that I discovered in that book like answers to questions from the trilogy. It makes the whole story world even more vivid. Trust me on this one, read it last.
Anderson’s writing is tight – there is nothing there that shouldn’t be. She lets you discover the world organically as you meet and get to know the main players, and leaves you wanting to know more…did I mention leaving the prequel until last? Yeah, do that.
Overall, with my fondness for spoilers, I’m going to stop there and just say go read these books. They are fantastic. There…THAT’S the review.