Frozen Hearts and Death Magic
Author: Day Leitao
Pages: 458 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Published: 22nd January 2022
Rating: 4.5 Stars
It all started with a kiss. A forbidden fae kiss.
Naia was raised in the shadow of her twin brother, the crown prince, who has iron magic much more powerful than hers. But Naia has wishes of her own.
They awaken when she finds a white fae almost dying in the woods. She only heard of them in stories; the dreaded race that razed cities to the ground, killed her grandparents, almost rid Aluria of humans—until they disappeared. Now, twenty years later, are they back? Is there another war coming? But the fae is evasive and secretive. He’s also alluring and fascinating, more beautiful than anyone she’s ever seen. And then it happens: she kisses him—and nothing will be the same again.
In another kingdom, Leah, a necromancer princess, has to find a husband in less than four days, during the Gathering, when royals from all over Aluria meet. Her family makes it very clear that she can pick any prince she wants—except one: Naia’s brother. And it turns out that he’s the one; the one who makes her heart beat faster. Meanwhile, war looms over the land. One of the kingdoms is amassing immense power. The White Fae might be returning. Amidst it all, Naia and her brother struggle with newfound magical powers, family secrets, and most of all, their own treacherous hearts.
I’m originally from Brazil but I’ve been living in Canada for over 10 years now. I have some influence from Brazilian writers and Brazilian culture, but I also read popular books in English. I watched some Anime as a kid, my favorite being Yamato.
I’ve always loved to write stories, and I like to always include romance, action and humor in my writing. I think stories can touch us deeply. I live in Montreal, Canada, with my son.
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Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours, Sparkly Wave and Day Leitao for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. You can check out the other posts on the tour here.
A lot happened in this book, I don’t quite know where to start! It’s the first book in a new series called Of Fire and Fae and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.
This book is told from multiple perspectives, but mainly that of Naia and Fel, twins from Umbraar, and Leah, a Princess from Frostlake. There is a lot of political intrigue in this book, which creates the tension and many plot twists! I almost felt like there could have been a part 1 and part 2 as the first half of the book felt like a different story, it’s been a journey!
‘Guard your heart. It’s the most precious thing you have.’
We first meet Naia as she is sneaking out of her home and comes across River, a fae, who all have been presumed wiped out or missing as no one had seen any fae since the great war 20 years prior. Naia helps River, who appears injured and brings him into his home, where he wakes up and one thing leads to another and they’re sharing a kiss, which makes River disappear. Flash forward a year and Naia and Fel are on their way to Frostlake for a gathering of all the kingdoms. Leah has been told that she must choose a husband at this gathering, but is forbidden from choosing Fel. The kingdoms don’t seem to like the Umbraar royalty, and it is a big mystery to the twins as to why. Fel and Leah meet, and it is love, or at least infatuation, at first sight. However, there are multiple complications keeping them apart. Whilst at the gathering, Naia bumps into River, the fae she thought she had killed with her kiss.
‘Love is a strange, wild thing, isn’t it? It gets caged in such a little word.’
There are two romances within this book, which was perfect! Both couples had their fair share of miscommunication issues, but all were dealt with overtime. River is a very mysterious fae, and had a lot of secrets, which frustrated me and also Naia This mystery kept me intrigued and turning the pages. Fel and Leah have the hardest time out of the two couples, but it was so clear how they felt about one another. Naia, Fel and Leah all begin to learn how to control and use their magic. Fel was born with no hands, but this does not stop him from being such an incredible character with amazing magical skills! They all have very different magical abilities, including River, and it was so interesting to see these described and to understand how they all work.
Frozen Hearts and Death Magic is described as a telenovela, and I would say that through the writing and the way the story is told this is very clear! It did take a while to get used to, but as soon as I was into it I couldn’t put it down! There are many twists and turns that I did not see coming but when they happened I realised the clues were there all along. I would like to see these characters truly develop into the strong independent characters I believe them to be. There is a lot that I would like to have happened, but I think this will all be covered in the sequel! I’m looking forward to these romances developing further, and seeing how they deal with the looming war!