Omen of Ice (#1)
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: August 1, 2023
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance
Serpent and Dove meets These Hollow Vows in this all-new YA fantasy series about a druid and the Fae royal she’s been tasked to protect.
When a spell goes wrong, linking the life force of 18-year-old druid
Keltania to the Fae royal she's been tasked to protect, the two must
embark on a dangerous trek through a violent wilderness.
Betrayal, stolen magic, and lies taint their journey as they work to break the magic linking them together before it consumes them both.
Omen of Ice, by Jus Accardo, is the first installment in the authors Omen of Ice series. This story revolves around two key characters: 18-year-old Keltania Tunne, and 19-year-old Prince Valen of the Winter Fae Court. Keltania has spent her whole life training to be an Aphelian, one of the few druids left descended from the nearly mythical Aphelian who helped to save everyone by giving up most of her magic to a fae whom she loved. Tania is one of the more skilled fighters to come along. Her ability and her cunning makes her the idea candidate to become Fae protector.
Tania's first job is to guard Valen, nephew to the king of the Winter Court, who is potentially the heir to the throne. Valen, who has survived numerous assassinations attempts, doesn’t want her protection, but when a spell goes wrong, linking her life force to each other, the two must embark on a dangerous trek through a violent wilderness in order to unravel the spell, along with a kelpie named Daroose, and uncover secrets about themselves, and the truth about what really happened years ago between a famous druid, and a King of the Winter Court which led to the destruction of the courts.
Unlike Valen, Keltania was raised to take her job as Aphelian Druid seriously which means putting up with Valen's escapades, and the hidden dangers that lurk below the surface at the court. Valen is the heir because of who his mother was, and the fact that he is likely the only one in the entire court who was born with magic. Magic that is slowly being drained from him in order to keep up the lies that have been built upon for generations. Even though Valen has his load of secrets, the relationship between the two characters grows as the connection between them solidifies making it possible for Tania to use his power, as well as her own.
*Thoughts* Truth be told, this story was entertaining. Tania is the serious character, Valen is the playboy who has a deeper truth to his character than just someone who seems not to care. He has a sense of duty and responsibility. He willingly endures pain to keep his court and its people thriving. Yet, it is Tania who opens his eyes to other possibilities, and on their shared journey, they both get more than they could ever imagine leading to a curious ending which is an obvious set up for the sequel.