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, GLBT, Queer

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.
  • 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)
    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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Nicole Bonenfant
    Reading this made me feel like I was 15 years old again. Like many queer women, I am trying to read as much queer YA literature as possible to make up for time lost. My teenage years were spent in the closet, pretending to swoon over the cheesy YA romance novels that my friends loved. I never could relate to them wanting to find a boy like Generic White Boy 5. I never could relate to the feelings that Generic White Girl 7 had about Generic White ...
  • Dani Amaya
    E-galley provided by Edelweiss and Epic Reads in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and quotations are based on an uncorrected proof But some things required 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. In terms of a sequel, this book does really well on carrying and developing onward from the first one. Everything I liked abo...
  • Alyssa
    Look. I LOVE Denna and Mare. LOVE THEM. I will read anything with those two awesome princesses in the story. And I love Audrey Coulthurst's writing. These books are what teenage me needed and didn't have for 20+ years. However, this book suffers from some sequel book issues. The second act is long. And I love me some political intrigue, but it should be grounded in the main story. Of Fire Stars did that for me. Of Ice and Shadows didn't. The main...
  • 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...
  • Lana
    I loved the first book so much. I thought it was great all around but this book felt much different. The companionship between mare and denna wasnt present almost at all except the beginning and end. Denna's chapters also didnt have much to it for me. I like training progresses and you didnt see that much. Also the mind connection with the queen bothers me for the fact i feel like denna should have told mare or it should have had a better conclus...
  • Alyssa
    3.5 stars. I absolutely love OF FIRE AND STARS and I really enjoyed rereading it before diving into OF ICE AND SHADOWS. It was so lovely to see Denna and Mare pick up where the first book left off, and it was especially lovely to see them both grow into their new roles. What fell a little flat for me was the focus on political intrigue, a ton of new characters, and an entirely new culture/magical system to learn. This book has a ton going on with...
  • Tiffany
    This sequel was well worth the wait. While the novel was more political based, I LOVED everything about it. Instead of seeming like a sequel, it was as if Ink Mistress and Of Fire and Stars had a love child, tossed in some mind blowing twists and just for good measure throws your heart into a burning fire. **************** FULL Review to come, but seriously - go buy the book. It comes out on the 13th (I believe) and it's worth every single moment...
  • Chelsea Ciccone
    4.5/5 StarsSolid sequel to an excellent series. I really enjoyed the growth that Denna and Mare both make throughout the course of this book--both as individuals and as a couple. We meet so great new characters in this book! I was super intrigued by the Zumordan Queen and I think there will be a lot to unpack with her and Denna's relationship in a later book should Audrey Coulthurst chooses to bless us with a third installment.
  • ♛ 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.
  • Annarella
    I didn't read the previous book in this series so it could be I lost some backstory.I can say I found this book highly enjoyable and fun to read.I appreciated the world building, the characters development and was hooked till the last page.I look forward to reading other books by this author.Recommended.Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
  • Kendra Franklin
    Loved it!If you haven’t yet, you need to read “Of fires and Stars”, you will then fall in love with it. After you fall in love with it be happy and know there is a second book “Of ice and Shadows”. I promise you will not be disappointed. You will love the characters and the epic world that Audrey builds in each story. Check it out!