It’s the same everywhere. The truth is still the truth, regardless of where it lands. Sometimes it falls on deaf ears, but it’s always speaking.
I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people who loves listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies all year long. So, when I was looking for my next book to read off my ever-lengthening TBR list…I decided to give this wintery themed book a try. And it was just the perfect escape from reality that I was looking for!
A Soul as Cold as Frost by Jennifer Kropf is a faith-based high fantasy novel that clearly falls in the portal fantasy genre, which basically means that a character is pulled from our world into a fictional one (think Narnia, which actually has a lot of similar vibes to this story). And I loved how the main character, Helen, is definitely not a willing participant. Her frustration and continuous desire to get rid of her newfound responsibility for a world she knows nothing about makes her feel real, and as the author unravels more of her story and background you begin to see why she’s so guarded.
But I have to say, my absolute favorite character is Zane! He’s both Helen’s protector and mentor (albeit an unwilling one); and his character is just really engaging to me. The verbal banter between these two characters is hysterical! And Zane’s backstory to me is perhaps even more heartbreaking than Helen’s; it literally brought me to tears.
The world building definitely reminds me of both The Chronicles of Narnia and The Polar Express. The wintery setting and Christmasy themes are well played within the story without being overdone; and it feels different than other “worlds” that I’ve been exposed to. There’s a clearly developed history and magic system; you’ve got your different races and lore…it’s the whole package!
Although it started out a little slow, the book definitely had me completely roped in before long; in fact, I read it practically in one sitting! I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a wintery fantasy because who doesn’t need a little more Christmas in their lives right now? Five out of five stars from me, and I can’t wait to read the sequel!
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