ice crown

The competition could save her life…
But only if she wins.

Talise can manipulate the elements with ease; water, air, earth, and fire all bend to her will. As a citizen of the Storm—a crime-laden land where death is the only constant—her only chance for a better life is to become Master Shaper.

A competition for the position takes place at the end of her training years. If she wins, she would live in the palace, work for the emperor, and escape her inevitable death in the Storm. But she’s not the only one with a chance to win.

Aaden is another talented student. As a citizen of the Crown, he was born with unlimited privilege and resources. When someone from the Crown wants to win, they do. End of story. And his shaping is unlike anything Talise has ever seen.

Complicating matters, Talise’s loved one in the Storm gives her reason to abandon the competition altogether, forcing her to make an impossible choice.

Torn between duty and freedom, she must learn that clinging to the past, might destroy her future.

For fans of Red Queen, the Grishaverse, and Avatar the Last Airbender, this desperate fantasy world has elemental magic and tension you could cut with a knife.


I recieved a free copy of this book via Booksirens in exchange for an honest review.

From the beginning I was entranced in this book. Talise is a great MC, even when she was young, although I did feel when she was being portrayed as seven, she felt older. I was a little annoyed with the time jump at first but that was because I wanted to read about what was happening. But once I got into the next chapter I didn’t care. It was so well written adn interesting I caould barely put the book down.

I loved the magic or shaping as it was called in this series. Really interesting idea and different than anything else I have read. The series is made up of short books, so quick but exciting and jam packed books.

Wendy was a nice side character although I think she could have donw with a little more personality. I was a little miffed as to why no-one else though they could try for master shaper, surely everyone should have been trying their hardest.

Overall I loved this book, and I will be reading the rest of the series.

5 out of 5 stars