by Amber Jaeger
“You are back.”
“Do not do that to me again.”
Title: The Cold King
Author: Amber Jaeger
Publisher: Smashwords edition
Book: Stand alone
Genre: Fairytale retelling
Found: When downloaded The Fire King
Rating: 4 Voodoos
From the author of The Hemlock Bay Series comes a new retelling of an old tale…
… Not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every Beauty is a maiden just waiting for love…
Calia Thorn has lived her entire life in a small town sheltered by the Cold King’s mountain. Working day and night to care for her younger siblings, complete her unending chores and please her selfish, lazy mother has left her with few dreams for her own future.
But then even those meager hopes are taken from her when the Cold King comes down from his mountain to demand a new servant. Ungraceful, unladylike, undesired and unwanted by even her own family, Calia is chosen to be sent to the palace.
The Cold King has lived for three hundred years under a curse imposed by his own father. With no hope of ever breaking it, he settles for keeping his heart frozen against any pain— or hope.
When his new servant arrives, she challenges him in ways no one ever has and sparks fly. But not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every beauty is a maiden just waiting for love.
Sometimes happily ever after isn’t so easy…
This is a Beauty and the Beast fairytale retelling.
While Calia seemed a little like a glutton for punishment, she had a good heart. She was what her mother made her and her change in this book was subtle – if only it had been a longer book! One thing which I don’t think was quite so likely to happen was chestnut hair bleaching to almost white in the sun. It was sort of refreshing for the blonde to be ‘ugly’ as generally they’re classed as the pretty ones, but that changed for her was a little sad.
I did like what the curse left behind though! Again – I’d have liked a little epilogue to see how all the others got on but mostly Calia and The Cold King…and her family! I would have liked a little karma for them.
There were a few editorial errors in my copy but it wasn’t something that was too bothersome. I liked the writing style and I liked the story. I found this because I downloaded the e-book version of the book she wrote after this and this one was mentioned in the description. It sounded really good so I thought to read it first just in case they link! Somehow…