Author: Alexandria Bellefleur
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Two Petals
On the Author's Website:
After his sister touches a lethal Frost Flower and succumbs to Frozen Sickness, Rainor seeks out the mysterious Dragon, who purportedly holds the only cure for the fatal disease. In gratitude for saving his sister's life, Rainor agrees to bring him fresh bread twice a week—despite the man's insistence he wants for nothing.
As Rainor makes his deliveries, the two slowly become friends, and Rainor finds in the Dragon all the things he never found in his little village. But on his way to make his latest delivery, the unthinkable happens, and Rainor fears that if he asks for the cure he needs to live, he'll lose the man he's coming to love...
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rainor loves his sister, so when she asked to be taken to see the frozen lake and play like the kids who aren't sick, he agrees. Except, he forgets to warn her about the deadly flowers that kill with a touch. The cure requires traveling up the dangerous mountain and meeting an even more dangerous man, except what Rainor finds up the mountain isn't at all what he expected.
Overall I liked this story. It was a cute fairy tale-style book and it held my interest to the end. However, I had two very serious issues with the story. The first was the writing style. The way the book was written was entirely with telling instead of showing. The author says Rainor felt nervous instead of writing Rainor's heart was pounding. I do understand that fairy tales are often written in this style, which is why I only took off one petal in my rating for it, but after a while the style can get very boring. If I'm being told what to feel, rather than feeling it along with the characters, I can't get pulled into the story properly.
The second issue I had with this story was the overall lack of depth. The barest minimum of information was given to provide context to the story in just about every aspect. The world building didn't exist outside of the cave, for example Rainor's house and village are never given any proper description. The backstory that led to the deadly flowers didn't allow for a larger picture of the world either, simply providing only the information needed to understand what had happened. I needed to know if magic and magical creatures were common in the world to appreciate how dangerous and deadly the flowers were, but that wasn't provided either. Also, the love story needed a touch more to it for that to feel believable.
I liked the story overall, but I had some serious issues with the telling instead of showing writing style and the lack of depth in the story. I do recommend this book, but I do so hesitantly.
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