Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.
Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation.
With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever.
There really wasn’t that much wrong with the book. The characters were very well developed. I loved Summer and Winter. They’re my tow favorite characters in the story. Why? When they are Summer and Winter they know who they are. Isn’t that what everyone wants? To know who they are? Like really know? Am I good or bad? Fire or Ice?
Ilyenna is strong and selfless, even when faced with (almost) certain death, she chooses her people over herself.
The only thing I can really complain about (and the reason I gave this 4 stars) is that the two main characters relationship is very undeveloped. You can tell that Ilyenna likes him. But, you think she just admires him, then all of a sudden a huge spiral is thrown into the mix and you’re just like When Did This Happen?
Overall, Winter Queen was magical. I read it in one sitting xD Yes I really liked it. Did I love it? Maybe. But, I had no book boyfriend.
Also, I love the Winter Queen and Summer Queen. They truly are sisters. Two halves of the year, each a part of a whole.