A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: April 17, 2012
“Araneae Nation, Book 1
When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.”
My impression of this book from a scan of the description and reviews was that it was pure fantasy with a romantic thread. I found it more of a romance set in a fantasy world. I do not agree with the comparison to Game of Thrones by Heroes and Heartbreakers, but I did enjoy the story.
The prose is beautiful without being distracting; the writing drew me into the story instead of pulling me out to admire the sentence construction.
The heroine, Lourdes, was easy to like and I quickly rallied to her cause. The rest of the characters were drawn with skill and depth, although there was a bit of a disconnect between her siblings’ behavior and the freshness of their parents’ deaths. In some ways, it felt like the deaths had happened awhile ago, allowing for humor and casualness to return to the demeanor of the older brothers, rather than the sobriety implied by the immediacy of such recent grief.
The world-building was solid if basic. The concept of the Araneae Nations is unique and intriguing.
By far, the romance between Lourdes and Rhys was the strongest part of the story. Their dance of attraction and caution, colored by what was at stake for each, kept me turning the page for more.
I don’t know if I will continue with the series, as I prefer more fantasy elements, but that is a reflection of personal taste and not a judgment of the author’s skill. If you enjoy a good romance with fantastical pieces, I highly recommend this book.
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Yup, shaking my affie-taffy here.