Welcome back friends! I’ve got another book review for you today, this time it’s a fantasy fairytale retelling that’s perfect for these frosty, winter days. It’s Feathers of Snow by Alice Ivinya, book one in the Kingdom of Birds and Beasts series.
I bought the ebook of this story as soon as I saw the cover (I mean, just look at it!), but I was actually given a signed copy by Alice when we met in person last July, so of course I read that! And I was so honoured and emotional to see my name in the acknowledgements when I finished.
This was a gorgeously gripping read, keep scrolling to see what I thought of it…
In Brianna’s new world of ice and snow, the coldest things by far are the eyes of her betrothed…
Brianna bears a deadly secret: she’s not the princess she is pretending to be. If the prince finds out, her life will be forfeit and her country plunged into war. But there is more to the icy prince than meets the eye, and Brianna slowly unravels the secrets of his dark past while surviving in a strange culture.
However her goodness and wit will only get her so far. Terrifying beasts stalk the border and a murderer is at work in the town. They know the truth of Brianna’s identity and will stop at nothing to destroy all she has fought for.
Title: Feathers of Snow: A Goose Girl Retelling (Kingdom of Birds and Beasts #1)
Author: Alice Ivinya
Rating: 5 fairytale stars!
This book swept me away to a snow-covered castle and made me fall in love with a frosty prince. I loved the unique world Ivinya created, especially the snippets of history, myth and folklore we were treated to.
It’s a truly original adaptation of The Goose Girl fairy tale, with a strong, steady heroine who faces danger and heartbreak head on, and a stoic, brooding prince who’ll do whatever it takes to protect his people from the threats over the wall.
If you love clean but still swoon worthy romantic fantasy, fairytale retellings and lush, richly detailed world building, you’ll love Feathers of Snow.
I adored Brianna from the beginning, Ivinya has such skill with character creation, she really makes you identify with her protagonists, hate her villains (ooh I really wanted bad things to happen to the baddie in this book!) and fall for her love interests. Plus, her side characters are fully-formed and have their own back stories and motivations that inform the plot and make the whole story feel very well-rounded – I have such a soft spot for Jeremiah and may have messaged Alice at the halfway mark threatening our friendship if anything bad happened to my sweet cinnamon roll of a guard.
In a nutshell, Feathers of Snow is the book for you this Christmas if you love:
- Sweet, clean but swoon worthy romance
- Fairytale retellings
- Rich world building with unique magic
- Quietly strong, independent heroines (badass but in a subtle way)
- Brooding, reluctant heroes who don’t soften easily
- A villain you will LOVE to hate
- Mind-talking animal familiars
- Tense whodunnit murder mysteries
- Fantasy series you can really get sucked into and fall in love with
Find it on Amazon and read the sample:
Add it to your Goodreads shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55858962-feathers-of-snow
Ready for book two? Check out my blog on Feathers of Blood‘s release here.