Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake | Review

Title: Through the White Wood

Author: Jessica Leake

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: 9th April 2019

ISBN: 9780062666291

Series: Standalone

Pages: 416

Edition: ARC

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Bear and the Nightingale meets Frostblood in this romantic historical fantasy from the author of Beyond a Darkened Shore.

When Katya loses control of her power to freeze, her villagers banish her to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev.

Expecting punishment, she is surprised to find instead that Sasha is just like her—with the ability to summon fire. Sasha offers Katya friendship and the chance to embrace her power rather than fear it.

But outside the walls of Kiev, Sasha’s enemies are organizing an army of people bent on taking over the entire world.

Together, Katya’s and Sasha’s powers are a fearsome weapon. But as their enemies draw nearer, will fire and frost be enough to save the world? Or will Katya and Sasha lose everything they hold dear?

Inspired by Russian mythology, this lushly romantic, intensely imaginative, and fiercely dramatic story is about learning to fight for yourself, even when the world is falling down around you.

Thank you Harper360 for sending me a gorgeous ARC copy of this book in exchange for a review!

Last year I got a copy of Jessica Leake’s other book, Beyond A Darkened Shore in a Fairyloot box and I really enjoyed that one and I gave it four stars so ever since I’ve been really anticipating Through The White Wood and I was so happy to have the chance to jump into the early copy as soon as it arrived!

Whilst reading this I figured out that it was actually a companion novel to Beyond A Darkened Shore as the main characters from that one, Ciara and Leif both make small appearances in this one and I love it when characters cross over!

Through the White Wood is based in Russia and it was blurbed as Frostblood meets Bear in the Nightingale in a historical romantic fantasy which sold me even more! Our main character Katya cannot control her powers and the people in her village have finally said enough (they don’t like her) and banish her to the palace thinking that the monstrous Prince Sasha will punish her severely.

Only to find out when she gets there that she’s not about to be killed or tortured but that the Prince himself has powers and that by joining forces Katya and Sasha’s powers combined is a fearful weapon.

I loved this book even more than Beyond A Darkened Shore, I don’t know whether this is because it was Russia based or the fact that it was sold to me a Frostblood either way, it was awesome! I just couldn’t put it down, it gripped me and it was such an incredible story, the world fascinated me and I honestly wish that this one wasn’t a standalone because I want more from these two so badly! I can’t wait to see what Jessica Leake is going to write next, I do hope it’s another companion novel to this world and that the characters make small appearances in it!

You don’t have to of read Beyond A Darkened Shore to read this one, you don’t miss out on anything at all so you can read Through The White Wood first if you preferred to!

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