Of Ice and Shadows (Of Fire and Stars, #2) by Audrey Coulthurst

Of Ice and Shadows (Of Fire and Stars, #2)

The long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars—in which Mare and Denna travel to a new and dangerous kingdom where Denna must be trained to tame her magic by a mysterious queen who is not all she seems. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce.Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers.Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t g...

Details Of Ice and Shadows (Of Fire and Stars, #2)

TitleOf Ice and Shadows (Of Fire and Stars, #2)
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreFantasy, LGBT, Young Adult

Reviews Of Ice and Shadows (Of Fire and Stars, #2)

  • Natasha
    3.5/5I think this was a great follow up and the author has vastly improved at world building, but, and it's definitely a me thing, I found the plot kind of dull? It does feel like it exists for a reason though, and I liked Denna's growth. I'm just not the biggest fan of books where a large chunk is training. But I did love the overall growth and I still love the relationship between Denna and Mare.
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Some interesting things happened toward the end, but overall I didn't feel invested. The climax happened so quickly I didn't realize it was over and it left me wondering why all the build up? Mare was nearly intolerable with her constant prejudice against an entire nation of people. Just not as interesting as the first book for me.
  • Cj
    *comes out of the closet* OF ICE AND SHADOWS!! 2019 you sneaky bastard better be quick! *slowly comes back to the closet and wait*
  • mahana (moved accounts. i’m not active stop adding me)
    3.5 stars full review now on my blog! Maybe I should’ve reread Of Fire and Stars prior to picking this up, but I was too excited when the ARC arrived on my Kindle. If you have the chance to before Of Ice and Shadows, I’d definitely recommend. Unfortunately, there’s no way I was putting anything on hold to see my gay princesses together again.At the end of the first book, Mare and Denna are off on an adventure together. The princesses are se...
  • Lily L'Heureux
  • Tim
    But some things require a person to be more than a name.A kingdom in need of a fighter.The threat of a war that could destroy everything.Or a girl holding fire in her hands. Oh, Coulthurst, you did it again. I'm going to keep this brief.Just like before, it's a terrific cover, awesome characters, fantastic plot, good worldbuilding (it's really a lot to take in, especially with all the magic, but it's very well done)… There are some good shout-o...
  • Ali
    This book is such a great follow up to Of Fire and Stars. While the plot could have been expanded, the depth added to the magic system and the additional world-building from spending time in Zumorda really propelled the series in a great direction! I highly recommend continuing on with the series, and I hope for additional books in the future!PlotThe plot is one of the things that I wish the book would have done better. Honestly, I think the issu...
  • K8
    The Good– Both Denna and Mare grow more into individuals– Plotwise, there was usually something going on– Some genuine moments of intrigue– Decent choice of scenes?The Bad– Rough, amateurish writing style– Indistinguishable "voices" between the two main characters– All the telling over showing– Huge lack of self-awareness in terms of xenophobia– Author doesn't know how to build meaningful relationships between characters– Fina...
  • Carmen
    After faking her death, Denna and Mare are finally back together and seeking help with Denna’s magic abilities. After concocting a cover story, Denna must pretend to be Mare’s maid during their long journey to Zumorda. Once they arrive, they discover that Zumorda is very different from the world they’re from. Magic abilities are prevalent and used open in everyday life, which is something Denna and Mare are not used to. While Denna hopes to...
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    I recieved a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.The first half of this was a bit hit and miss for me and I struggled to get into it. The second half was much better, but I was still a little let down on the whole. I think maybe my expectation were a bit too high with how much I loved INKMISTRESSES. Nevertheless, this duology is a good queer fantasy.
  • Clarissa
    While the first book in the series will always hold a special place in my heart, I do love how much more of the world we get to see in book 2. I feel like we're finally seeing the world Coulthurst has created, and it's filled with magic, secrets, and two women fiercely protective of the other. I could not put it down from start to finish.While the ending seemed a bit rushed to me, I am unable to think about nothing more than what will happen in b...
  • Will Miller
    I could just sit and read everything about this world forever probably. I love all of it.
  • Jana
    I really enjoyed most of this book. It was definitely slower paced but I liked the focus on training and politics and seeing Denna and Mare act apart from each other.What lost me was the last quarter. It felt way too rushed and easy. The enemy was only found out after every other possible option was crossed out. And the real enemy was then revealed to be this overpowered final boss-type beast and it was just way too much. After one final "dramati...
  • Marty Preslar
    TremendousA fantastic sequel two both of the previous books set in this world. This book is a direct sequel to "Of Fire and Stars". But it is also,in many ways, a sequel to "Inkmistress", which takes place many years before the events of this story. While reading "Inkmistress" isn't required to understand the story, I w would recommend it, since it will increase your enjoyment of the story. The pacing, character development, and storytelling in t...
  • ♛ Cameron ♛
    *1.5 stars and the .5 is only because it’s gayI am convinced this author just can’t write. Nothing was improved on the story. The characters are dull, the plot still doesn’t exist, the world is a bit more broad but not really. I feel as if the author has just done the same plot of the last book and it’s just so bland. Everything I said in my review of the first book can count for here.
  • Amanda Robbins
    DNF 30% yikes
  • Amber
    The fact that the plot didn't really become interesting until around 390 pages kinda says it all 😔 Let's just pretend that of fire and stars was a standalone
  • Rose
    I will make my most important point first which is that the pacing in this book is WACK. Okay, so I mentioned in my review of the first book, Of Fire and Stars that I am not picky about books and I consider a book good if I am entertained and engaged while reading it. So I think Of Ice and Shadows is a good book because I enjoyed it! However , this book is of course not without its issues. This sequel shows a marked improvement over the fir...
  • Cellerbe
    3.5 StarsI enjoyed this book. I really liked the first book and this one picks up right after the that one. I enjoyed Mare and Denny’s journey and the continued world building with the focus on the mysterious Zumorda. I gave this 3.5 stars but put 4 stars on Goodreads because I really did enjoy this book and I really like Mare and Denna, but there is one, fairly large issue (for me) that drops it down by .5. Due to MAJOR spoilers, I’ve hidden...
  • Ruthsic
    Warnings: animal cruelty, physical violence, mentions of slavery Rep: Sapphic main characters in a relationship; secondary PoC and queer characters.Of Ice and Shadows continues Mare's and Denna's story as they go to Zumorda to get help for the Sonnenborne's invasion of Mynaria. Mare is representing herself as the ambassador for her kingdom, and Denna, thought to be dead, is posing as her handmaiden; their goals are two-fold as Mare seeks alliance...
  • Sophie
    I think the best thing about this book, is that it was not only a sequel of Of Fire and Stars, but also of Inkmistress, it's a mix of the two of them that made one great story. In Of Ice and Shadows we're coming back to Zumorda, but this time with Mare and Denna who were used to lived where magic was illegal. Imagine their reactions when they enter Zumorda for the very first time and it's full of magic, land and people. Obviously with Denna havin...
  • Jennie
    *** MINOR SPOILERS ***A very solid sequel that provides a worthy follow-up to Of Fire and Stars, Of Ice and Shadows expands upon an already interesting world and magic system while leaving plenty of room for a third part to clean up any loose threads left behind. It also wraps up this storyline neatly enough to stand alone (something a lot of middle books in a trilogy fail at, if I'm completely honest). First things first, if your least favorite ...