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Series: Vaskell Empire #1
Title: Touch of Ice by Aleah Raynes and Mandy Caruso
Authors: Aleah Raynes and Mandy Caruso
Publisher: Opal Moon Press
Published: September 26th, 2017
This is a great start to a new YA romantic fantasy. The four daughters of the murdered King of Crio have been imprisoned in a slave camp by their evil uncle. Their magic and their wings have been bound to prevent them escaping or being able to take action against him. It is only when the youngest daughter, Ayla Vaskell, is approached by another prisoner, Dain, that they have help to escape and try to save their world by ending their mad Uncle’s reign.
It turns out that prophesies have foretold the events about to ensue. As they follow the guidance given in a journal left for them by their father, the girls and the young men who helped rescue them discover he has also ensured there are people to trust who will help them on their quest, though they’re never quite sure what will happen next!
This quest involves teens coming into their powers, journeying into the unknown in an endeavour to overcome evil. All has been prophesied and there are people awaiting their arrival to fulfil their destiny but there are others who are out to thwart them. It is a fast paced adventure involving a growing range of mythical creatures and scenarios and an engaging start to a new series. I suspect this story will appeal to teens and older readers. I am looking forward to reading more by this author and in this fantasy series in future!
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Escaping is only the first challenge she faces.
Fifteen-year-old Ayla Vaskell is the youngest daughter of the deceased king of Crio and no less determined to reclaim the kingdom from her evil uncle. He killed her parents, claimed the throne, and threw Ayla and her three sisters in a slave camp for children. With their powers bound, hope for a future is lost. Until Dain demands her attention and reveals that he and his friends were sent to aid the princesses in putting an end to the mad king’s reign.
After breaking out of the camp and fleeing to an inn outside the kingdom of ice fae and water dragons for shelter, Ayla is giving a journal that belonged to her father. The former king had left the girls clues to help along a journey they aren’t sure they are ready for. When she is also given the first relic—a frozen dragon’s tear—she’s drawn to it and knows what she must do.
With Dain, his friends, and her sisters at her side, Ayla is more focused than ever to complete her mission to set the realm back in balance. If she fails, the realm, and the four kingdoms within it, would be lost forever.
Touch of Ice is the first in a NEW YA romantic fantasy adventure series and a world of magic, dragons, fae, and other mythical creatures.