Book Review | Tears of Frost by Bree Barton
If you’ve read my review for the first book in this trilogy, you’ll know I loved it. Bree has created a fascinating world and Tears is no different, just with a lot more… well, tearful parts to be true to its name.
Read on for my full review and favourite quotes!
Title: Tears of Frost
Series: Heart of Thorns #2
Author: Bree Barton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: 5th November 2019
Source: eARC provided by the publisher (this in no way affects my review which is honest and unbiased)
‘The electric second book in the Heart of Thorns trilogy explores the effects of power in a dark magical kingdom—and the fierce courage it takes to claim your body as your own.
Tears of Frost is an absolute whirlwind of emotions from start to finish. From the get-go we have Pilar in the woods stalking men she thinks are there to capture her, playing all sorts of tricks on them along the way. We also get an inkling very early on that she’s trying to deal with some trauma.
Sometimes the things you wanted most were the very things that destroyed you.
Quin is then quickly placed in the picture, with the guards happening upon him and assuming it was him who had been playing tricks on them. Pilar ends up defending him and after they realise they’re both bound for the snow kingdom, which results in a pretty tension-filled and also awkward journey.
I adored Quin’s character in the first book, and he’s so wholesome in Tears that I couldn’t help but fall back in love with the Prince. He’s of course dealing with the loss of pretty much anyone he cared about at this point but he still has his kind heart. Pilar, on the other hand, is straight up brutally honest about how she’d quite like to just skip to murdering her own mother.
Where love bloomed, Pilar would cut it out. And in the space it left behind, she’d set the world aflame.
But it’s not quite as simple as that, as I said early Bree quickly hints that Pilar is dealing with something serious and we find that there’s a lot more vulnerability to Pilar than she’d like to admit. Nevertheless, she’s headstrong and quick to defend those she cares about, so even without the vulnerability you can’t help but love her.
And of course, Mia is back from the dead! Albeit fairly zombified as she can’t feel things anymore, like emotions or pain. Her own adventure also leads her to the snow kingdom, in search of her mother along with how she can gain control of her magic again. So, cue some super frustrating times where you’ll read a chapter showing Quin grieving for his “dead” love followed by Mia’s chapter stating she’s focusing on trying to save him somehow. But it adds to the tension nicely!
“Magic is not yours to control. But it is always, always your choice how you use it.”
This book deals with sexual assault and consent a lot. It can be quite a heavy read but it’s worth it. The story is fantastic and about half way in you get a twist that you really won’t see coming. This is one of my favourite trilogies so far and I’m so excited to see where it ends up!
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1st Prize: Win a TEARS OF FROST bundle: signed hardcover copies of HoT and ToF, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, HoT candle, ToF candle (US ONLY)
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Starts: October 30th, 2019
Ends: November 13th, 2019
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