Releasing as part of the 2019 Sinister Fairy Tales Collection!
In a cold, empty castle, a young queen is dying.
Weak. Fragile. Disgraced.
But Queen Whitestone is not alone in her final days.
She has her beloved sister.
Until a wicked king rides onto her land.
Arrogant. Insufferable. Demanding.
King Bloodsun has come with an offer…peace in trade for a bride.
He wants the princess.
The fiery king won’t take no for an answer.
He vows to keep the cold queen captive until she gives in to his demands.
A queen bows for no one, though.
Not even when she’s frail and fading away.
She’ll tap into her strength, protecting the only family she has left.
The king is about to learn why they call her the cruel one…
I’d like to thank Enticing Journey for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated, so Cold Queen is part of The Sinister Fairy Tales Collection they are all standalones, and all by different authors. I’ve already read the first one which was Venom by Dee Garcia and that was amazing. So after reading the first one I had high expectations of the next ones in this collection and damn this was knocked out the park.
Elzira also known as the Cold Queen and the cruel one. She lives up to her name. She was strong, stubborn and was willing to fight to her last breath. She was fierce and also could be very scary at times.
Ryke, I instantly liked him. He was kind of an asshole but I loved it he was also hilarious as well as arrogant and he was very demanding. But he had that quality of you just want know more. I love that one of his names is The Truth Seeker. It suits him and he definitely was The Truth Seeker throughout. He could see what many couldn’t and he saw the harm that was coming to Elzira before she even knew she was already being harmed. Protective Ryke is also the best Ryke.
So I have to say this book managed to deceive me with two characters. I won’t say which two because of spoilers (if you scroll down right to the end I’ll post the spoilers there. With loads of warning of course).
I could not figure out why she was dying and so weak, that took me by complete surprise and I did not expect it at all. (I will be going further into this in my spoiler section below.) I did like that Ryke was so interested and intrigued to find out what was wrong with the Queen and he instantly knew who was harming her. From the moment he laid eyes on Elzira he was protective over her.
Oooo I love the sexual tension between Ryke and Elzzira, it was tense and hot as hell between them. Ryke did a lot of teaching when it came to Elzira because bless her she had no idea what sex was. Her father had just told her that she’d bleed from there and one day it was where a baby would come from. So that’s all she knew at least until Ryke came along and told her exactly what it was. Ryke and Elzira certainly had fun with the sex they had. How Ryke teases her and worships over her, the sex scenes were written really well!
Elzira is powerful and scary as shit, there is a scene where she literally slices off someone’s hand with her ice blade and makes him throw it into the fire. I thought she was scary but damn when Ryke sees the man who she made handless who betrayed him. He became scary as shit as well burning him from the inside out. Both Elzira and Ryke belong together, fire and ice together as one. They were amazing together and they brought out the powerfulness in each other and especially for Ryke he did bring Elzira’s power out of her. She was powerful as hell as she went into battle with Ryke.
Wow the story of Ryke’s mum and Danser, I feel so bad for Danser and I love that he got his relief when Ryke killed his dad. His dad deserved it and I loved the bond that Danser and Ryke then built.
I loved this story, it was perfect. I was hooked from the beginning and fell in love with Ryke and Elzira’s story. The plot was amazing and kept me hooked I really cannot wait for the next one out of this collection.
Now onto the SPOILERS.
DO NOT READ FORWARD IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED.
I AM GOING TO NOW CARRY ON WITH MY SPOILERS.
Yanna, damn this one deceived me at first I thought yeah she’s so sweet to take care of her making sure she eats and everything. I was completely and utterly sucked in by her. I did not see the end coming. I did not see that it was her poisoning her sister or that she was trying to kill her slowly and painfully. That was a betrayal that hurt hard and fast for Elzira. Although my reaction was amusing: Holy macaroni did not see Yanna’s betrayal coming!! Ryke knew. Truth seeker is right. I think he knew from the beginning because he separated them straight away, and the moment he saw Elzira he knew something wasn’t right. I like protective Ryke.
Wow Cavon trying to kill Ryke! Another betrayal I wasn’t as shocked about this one when it happened. You could see the jealousy pouring off him when Ryke took Elzira captive, but also that he didn’t want her to go out into the battle either.