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Series: Fairy Queens #4
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Elice has left behind the ice and isolation of winter. Before her is the warmth and wonder of summer with all its color and life. Adar, the young man she saved from the sea, is by her side, and his touch sends tendrils of heat where before there was only cold.
But all is not as it seems. There are secrets hidden in the heart of summer. Secrets that could burn Elice to the ground and take the whole world with her. The decades-long war between the fairies of winter and summer has thrown off the balance of nature, leaving the world in its death throes.
Adar believes Elice can stop the destruction—if only she will listen to him. But like the fairies’ bargains, that trust comes with a cost. And the price Elice will pay will tear asunder the boundaries between dreams and family, loyalty and betrayal.
Winter’s Heir picks up right after Daughter of Winter ends, and so I must give a warning to those who haven’t read DoW yet. There may be some spoilers in this for you, I will try to keep it to a minimum, but I can’t promise that one won’t sneak in on me.
Elice and Adar are now into the second part of their journey, they have escaped the heart of Winter. Unfortunately their troubles do not end here. Elice begins to have troubles calling on her power, and the war raging between Winter and Summer becomes even worse. To say Winter’s Heir is tense, is an understatement, but what’s amazing about this novel is it’s ability to part through the tension and still show the beauty of the world. We get to see the world beyond the winter kingdom through the eyes of someone who has only ever known the cold unforgiving isolation that is the Heart of Winter.I love the journey Elice started in Daughter of Winter, and seeing her truly experience the things she had been longing to see and feel was incredibly rewarded. Ilyena and Nelay have come so far since their respective books (Winter Queen & Summer Queen), and at the height of their power we see them struggle with maintain their kingdom and their relationships. Part of me mourns the changes in them, but another part of me truly loves their stories and how much they have changed because those little glimmers of the women they use to be shine even more brightly.
The story itself, is rather quickly paced without feeling rushed and connects directly into Daughter of Winter and it really ties up nicely. (That ending though!) I really love that each story hinges on a common theme, and expounds on what each of those themes mean. And this wouldn’t be a review about an Argyle novel without me mentioning the amazing world building. I seriously have no idea which aspect I love more; the amazing women she creates or the world that she paints into existence with mere words.
I’m so sad that this series is at it’s end. It’s hard to let go of characters that you have seen through the lowest moments to the height of their power, from their childhood to motherhood. It’s been a fantastic ride, and though I’m sad to see it go I’m really pleased with the way everything ended.