The peaceful Kingdom of Turia awaits the birth of their king and queen’s first child, but a cruel twist of fate and a demon’s intervention destroys their lives forever. Years later, events orchestrated by Queen Eleanor, Princess Khione’s heartless and jealous mother, takes away her freedom and almost her life. She is forced to flee into a nearby forest inhabited by fae.
Banished from Turia, Agnes and Gerda try to start a new life in the Kingdom of Agraunia. There Gerda befriends her neighbour’s son Kai. Their close friendship eventually blossoms into love. Shortly after Kai becomes cold and distant, he disappears. Rumours persist that he is dead. Only Gerda believes he is still alive and in danger. She sets out alone to rescue him blissfully unaware of the danger before her.
Kingdom of Ice, book 1 of A Dark Faerie Tale, is a blended retelling of Snow White, the Snow Queen and other fairy tales, with action/adventure and a magical touch of romance.
About the Author
Paula M. Hunter loved to write fictional stories and poems as a child. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing fantasy stories, which include elements of history, mythology, folklore, and legends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fitting for Fans of Fairy Fables In "Kingdom of Ice", Paula Hunter takes two classics from the German Grimm brothers--The Snow Queen and Snow White--and stitches them together, adding details and backstory as necessary to create a unified structure. and the familiar tale unfolds, a tapestry subtly different than expected. Ms. Hunter demonstrates talent with descriptive phrases, adding enough description to illuminate the landscape, yet allowing the reader's imagination to paint the backdrops accordingly. On the negative side, I wasn't completely convinced that emulating the prosaic style of the 19th century translations served the author's best interests. I think, had Ms. Hunter kept to a style more appropriate to the current era, her prose would have flowed more easily and the character dialog would have reflected the individual personalities and educational/societal differences. Call me persnickety, but centuries-old fairies should speak a little differently than sixteen year old humans. Nonetheless, "Kingdom of Ice" is a great place to visit...but I wouldn't wanna live there!
Kingdom of Ice is vibrant and rich. Elegantly poised, with a touch of spunk, romance, and action, this one is like a breath of fresh air. For lovers of meshed faerie tale retellings, you will adore this tale. I absolutely loved Paula’s writing style. It was very elegant and vivid. I felt like I was walking in a dream world where everything was rich and vibrant. This one definitely had a gorgeous, faerie tale feel to it. The majority of the story was heavy with a twisted version of Snow White. I enjoyed the unique spin Paula added to the tale. The story also had bits of The Snow Queen, a nod to The Six Swans, and, there were goblins, elves, trolls, and faeries galore! Kingdom of Ice was magical and whimsical. It was a quick, enjoyable read that kept me glued to my chair from beginning to end. It was more on the predictable side, but still had a few surprises in store. As a retelling, this one definitely hit the mark with both originality and nostalgia, but it also was able to stand on its own as a new type of faerie tale. I loved the dynamic characters in the tale as well. Khione was strong and determined, and really fit the Snow White part. Gerda was brave and loyal and never gave up. And I loved the elves and their hospitality and brotherly ways. What I truly loved though was the girl power and friendship shared between Gerda, Khione, and Avira. This one was short, sweet, and direct. It was an easy read, but definitely had an enjoyable level of complexity and development. I had only gotten about halfway through it before I decided that I wanted to finish the trilogy. It was enchanting and delightful, with a swirl of darkness, and I can’t wait to read the next one! Thank you to the author for sending me this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review!