I got a copy for beta read
Blurb from Goodreads: Dazz, a hard-edged, fun-loving Icer, likes fighting, particularly while at his favorite watering hole. However, while recovering from a particularly bad break up, his decision to engage in a brutal pubroom brawl leads to a series of events that thrust him into a dark and mysterious scandal involving King Goff, the ice country ruler.
When his seven-year-old sister is abducted in the dark of night, Dazz pledges to do whatever it takes to get her back, embarking on a quest that threatens to rip apart the very fabric that’s barely holding his shattered family together.
Along the way he meets a group of unlikely allies in the form of a travelling group of fire country natives. Can Dazz, when joined with his best friend, Buff, and new tan-skinned friends, defeat the King and his guards before it’s too late for his sister?
This review is based on the beta-read version, so it is entirely possible that it is even better now. I hope to update my review when I have read the current version.
I loved Fire Country and I was so excited when I got Ice country to read. The story starts off a bit slow, but end up being really amazing. Ice Country is written from a different pov than Fire Country and this is a bit confusing at the beginning. I really liked Siena as a character and was a bit disappointed when I heard she wouldn’t be the narrator of this book.
The story start of a bit slow, but when the action finally starts it keeps on going. New mysteries, but also connections with the first book are made. There is lots of action in this book and after the first few chapters the pace really picked up. I really liked how this book connected with the first book, without being a direct continuation of it.
So at the beginning I didn’t really like Dazz, also I missed Siena, because I really loved her pov and had to get used to Dazz’s pov. As the story progresses I did grew to like Dazz more and more. I did was a bit disappointed we didn’t get more of Siena as a narrator. Also the other characters are really interesting and some really have distinct personalities.
Because in this book we get to see the story from the pov of an Icer there is lots of extra world building. We learn much more about who the Icers are and how they live and how different it is from Fire country. I like getting to know more about this world, David Estes really knows how to construct awesome world and I am happy with every bit of world building we get. I still don’t have the whole picture of how earth looks like in this series, but we did get a view more pieces in this book.
To conclude: although I didn’t like this book as much as Fire Country it is still an amazing book. This book is told from Dazz’s pov and it was nice seeing things from a different pov, even though I did miss Siena’s pov. The story starts off a bit slow, but quickly increases the pace. I loved the world building and I can’t wait to learn more about the world in the next book.
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It all starts with a girl. Nay, more like a witch. An evil witch, disguised as a young seventeen-year-old princess, complete with a cute button nose, full red lips, long dark eyelashes, and deep, mesmerizing baby blues. Not a real, magic-wielding witch, but a witch just the same.
Oh yah, and a really good throwing arm. “Get out!” she screams, flinging yet another ceramic vase in my general direction.
I duck and it rebounds off the wall, not shattering until it hits the shiny marble floor. Thousands of vase-crumbles crunch under my feet as I scramble for the door. I fling it open and slip through, slamming it hard behind me. Just in time, too, as I hear the thud of something heavy on the other side. Evidently she’s taken to throwing something new, maybe boots or perhaps herself.
Luckily, her father’s not home, or he’d probably be throwing things too. After all, he warned his daughter about Brown District boys.
Taking a deep breath, I cringe as a spout of obscenities shrieks through the painted-red door and whirls around my head, stinging me in a dozen places. You’d think I was the one who ran around with a four-toed eighteen-year-old womanizer named LaRoy. (That’s LaRoy with a “La”, as he likes to say.) As it turns out, I think LaRoy has softer hands than she does.
As I slink away from the witch’s upscale residence licking my wounds, I try to figure out where the chill I went wrong. Despite her constant insults, narrow-mindedness, and niggling reminders of how I am nothing more than a lazy, liquid-ice-drinking, no-good scoundrel, I think I managed to treat her pretty well. I was faithful, always there for her—not once was I employed while courting her—and known on occasion to show up at her door with gifts, like snowflake flowers or frosty delights from Gobbler’s Bakery down the road. She said the flowers made her feel inadequate, on account of them being too beautiful—as if there was such a thing—and the frosty’s, well, she said I gave them to her to make her fat.
She was my first ever girlfriend from the White District. I should’ve listened to my best friend, Buff, when he said it would end in disaster.
About the Author:
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children’s and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.
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