Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake

Through the White Wood

Katya’s power to freeze anything she touches has made her an outcast in her isolated village. And when she loses control of her ability, accidentally killing several villagers, she is banished to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev. At the castle, though, she is surprised to find that Sasha is just like her—with his own strange talent, the ability to summon fire. Instead of punishment, Sasha offers Katya friendship, and the chan...

Details Through the White Wood

TitleThrough the White Wood
Release DateApr 9th, 2019
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Through the White Wood

  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    Another beautiful and rich tale from Jessica Leake! I cannot wait to get more from this author. She’s become a favorite of one!RTCReview copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
  • Kelsey
    *** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review - and just because Jess is awesome***Wow. Jessica has done it again. I love this world! I love the powers and the characters. And Jessica has a certain way of making you fall in love with animals within the book as well!"I hadn't set out to be a monster, but what happened when someone was pushed too far? What happened when the dark swirls of regret were accompanied by a sense ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    3.5 stars "THERE ARE COUNTLESS MONSTERS IN THIS world. Some with fangs, some who skitter in the darkness just out of sight, some who wear human skin but whose hearts have turned dark as forest shadows....I knew that these men and women I’d grown up with—they thought of me as a monster, too. I wasn’t sure they were wrong." I feel weirdly torn after reading this book. There was a lot of things I liked about it and I had a fun time reading i...
  • Joleen (starlightbooktales)
    Received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.4 StarsNot going to lie, I was a little nervous to read Through the White Wood. I loved Beyond a Darkened Shore and I was afraid this companion wouldn’t be as good. But I was wrong. It's a new and fresh story that stands on its own legs. Jessica Leake created a new brilliant story and I am having a hard time deciding which one I like best!Through the White Wood tells a new story ab...
  • Jennifer
    Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake is the brilliantly told story of Katya and Sasha, an orphaned village girl and a prince. Katya was forced out of her home when the ice powers that she has got out of hand(I personally think it was well warranted). Her village contacts the prince and they think she is in for a brutal punishment. Little do they know, the prince might actually NEED Katya.I worked with Jessica on her first book, Beyond a Darken...
  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)I really liked the author's debut, BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE. However, in this one, I guess this was a case of "it's me not you" thing. THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD was pitched as The Bear and the Nightingale meets FrostBlood so I had high expectations. However, besides the Russian Mythology, it had nothing to do with the Bear and the Nightingale but it gave some Fr...
  • Lauren
    Thank you so much to HarperTeen for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the contents of my review. Wow. Okay, so let me just start by saying, if you know me well enough, you will know that I LOVE any book set in Russia, with the whole Russian vibe going on, the snow and cities...This book did not disappoint me at all!When I first started this book I was so excited, I ...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. As the first book I've read by Jessica Leake, I wasn't really sure what to expect from Through the White Wood. I'd heard good things about the previous book (I believe they're companions?) so I had somewhat high expectations for this one.My initial impression reminded me a bit of reading The Cold is In Her Bones earlier this year,...
  • - ̗̀ DANY ̖́- (danyreads)
    . : ☾⋆ — 3 ★ READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you HarperTeen & HarperCollins!!)yes, hello, can I please get a cast of lovely characters with found-family dynamics, awesome elemental powers, a side of Russian folklore, a bit of Frozen/Grisha vibes, and just a sprinkle of round-the-world self-discovery quests? thank you, that’s perfec...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    ****4.5 Icy Stars****This is the second book I've read from Jessica Leake and each time she didn't disappoint me with her ability to suck me into a story and to hold my interest from beginning to end.
  • Sonja
    4.5⭐ Guys, this was such a pleasant read for me! It held so many elements that I look for in a good book! Beautiful writing/descriptions, characters I connect with emotionally, quests of self discovery, a dash of romance, history, folklore and action. I loved the elemental powers and the Russian culture along with their history with Scandinavia being touched upon as well. If you’re a fan of the Grisha Trilogy or love folklore and history wove...
  • leonie
    i wish i could give this 5 stars :((( I LOVED THIS all the russian folklore vibes i got from this, the atmosphere & characters were amazing. but it lacked depth :( i wanted and needed to know more of the magic system, the politics & the characters ... and also the ending was so abrupt and open? everything felt rushed i wish it was longer or a series! but still an amazing book
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*Jessica Leake's Through the White Wood is her follow up to Beyond a Darkened Shore. It is a story that takes place in Eleventh century Russia. Through the White Wood draws inspiration from Russian mythology and explores a world that is much beloved in fantasy. Through the White Wood is a stand-alone fantasy title, but it does feature characters Ciara and Lief that rea...
  • Rory
    *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*I first read Jessica Leake's Beyond a Darkened Shore last year, when it came in m April Fairyloot box, and absolutely loved it. I also love how Leake takes small events from throughout history and turns it into such an amazing story! It began my obssession for young adult historical-fiction-based novels. So you can imagine my excited when I saw the announcement for Through the White Wood.THROUGH...
  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryThrough the White Wood appealed to me because I love elemental-based magic, especially when it's ice/water vs fire.I also learned through reading the book that it's based in an area of Russia centuries ago, except this version of Russia has real magic. I really liked that it was based here, and it was really cool to see this diversity in a Medieval-era fantasy. I loved the concept of Katya...
  • Kristina
    3.5 stars (possibly rounded to 4) I read Jessica Leake's "Beyond a Darkened Shore" in this last year and absolutely fell in love with it. It was everything that I wanted in a young adult historical fiction-based novel: just-the-right amount of romance, strong female lead, complex family relationships and most importantly, some really interesting folklore and mythology that made me feel like I was transported to another time. Through the White Woo...
  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD is a story of a girl who comes into her own against all odds and the prince who helps to balance her world. Russian culture and a mix of their folklore are woven through the story with a richness that historical and fairy tale fans will enjoy. Readers who enjoy character driven stories as well as romance will also find much to love here. Definitely a story not to be missed!These characters are easy to relate to and likable ...
  • Lauren the Book Slayer
    Let me start by saying that, although it wasn’t necessary to read Beyond a Darkened Shore before Through the White Wood, I wish I had. Both books take place in the same fantasy world, and some prominent characters from Leake’s first book, make an appearance in this latest.Here’s my thoughts on Through the White Wood – Pros:The Setting and time period. It took place in Ukraine and then Constantinople around 1000 AD. I love books set in Med...
  • Linda Gavino
    I really enjoy this author’s writing, but this story wasn’t as impactful or entertaining as her last book about Ciara and Lief. There may not have been anything wrong with this book, per se; it has elements I loved and a slow yet predictable romance. It just wasn’t as good for me as the last one - and perhaps it was a bit overshadowed by Katherine Arden’s series.
  • Alexandra
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*The following stand-alone novel by Jessica Leake takes us from the North and the Celts to The Rus Kiev and the tales and folklore of Russia! Partly inspired by the Firebird, part featuring creatures of the woods and the Snow Queen this new story will be an enjoyable one!Katya fears the power she has and when the Prince of Kiev sends for...
  • Anna
    I won the ARC in an Instagram contest and I was so happy to have the book! It was as magical and mystical as "Beyond A Darkened Shore" and I absolutely loved the world and the characters in this book. It made me happy beyond belief to also see Lief and Ciara in this one, because they will always have my heart. But I am so glad that this book happened and I hope to see more from this world!
  • Morrighan Rose
    **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewOur story opens with our main character, Katya, being ripped away from the only home and family she has ever known. It is a heartbreaking first scene and pulled at my heartstrings immediately. I knew nothing about this girl, only that she was losing everything in the blink of an eye and there was not a soul there to defend her. The members of her small frozen village, a village she had grown up ...
  • Cassie James
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher but this doesn't influence my opinion of it. Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake is a splendid continuation of this series. I was really excited to get into it because the premise sounds amazing and it did not disappoint.It's set in the same world as the first book but with different main characters.Katya has lived all her life in fear. Fear of letting go and unleashing her deadly power over i...
  • Aila
    I adored this author's debut, BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE. It caught me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it, and it's a story I would reread time and time again. Because of that, I was quite excited about this companion sequel, THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD. However, I suppose my expectations were too high with this one. This book gives off a very different vibe from BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE and the characters felt a lot more young. While we dealt with wa...
  • Victoria
    I was sent an early copy of this in exchange for an honest review.Several months back I discovered Jessica Leake's work in the incredible Beyond a Darkened Shore. While Through the White Wood isn't quite a sequel, it does take place in the same world and we even see characters from Beyond a Darkened Shore which was very satisfying. This book immediately hooked me within the first page. The two main characters Katya and Sasha are extremely compell...
  • Alyson Kent
    Thank you, Edelweiss, for the ARC (and for helping to get me out of my reading slump). Solid 3.5 stars rounded up because I zoomed through this in two days, and it was wonderful to see favorite characters from "Beyond a Darkened Shore" show up. I do feel that there should have been at least one more chapter, and I, personally, wasn't quite as attached to these characters the way I was the ones from BADS, but over all I enjoyed it and really liked...