"A captivating series!" ~Jennifer A. Nielsen, NYT bestselling author, The False Prince
Snow Queen Origins: A Fairytale Adaptation
Cursed by the fae to be immortal enemies, two families must find a way to forgive past wrongs and combine their magic - one of fire, the other of ice - to save their dying world.
Of Ice and Snow
The only shepherd in a family of warriors, Otec returns to his clan to find all the men gone to war. They didn’t bother to tell him, let alone ask him to fight beside them. When his mother sends him on a trifling errand in the high mountains, he looks back to find his village burning and his people taken captive.
Cut off from the help of the other clans and dodging raiders, he must become the warrior he was never meant to be. By his side is a foreign woman stalked by a dark, mysterious magic. Together, they race to save his family from a life of slavery. Worse, what he thought was a mere raid is actually a full-scale invasion.
In the end, he must choose between saving his family or his kingdom.
A dying man delivers a terrible warning: a civil war has begun between neighboring clans. As healer and clanmistress, Ilyenna is tasked with keeping the wounded refugees alive and her people fed during a seemingly endless winter.
But when the war moves to the heart of her village, Ilyenna looks into her enemy’s eyes and sees more than just cunning. There is also lust—lust for power and lust for her. She could save herself, accept the fae bargain that would grant her their dark magic in exchange for her soul. Her refusal leaves her struggling to survive her captor's cruelty.
She finds a measure of solace in the arms of her fellow prisoner, Rone. But it isn’t long before she discovers the feud between clans is merely a distraction from something far worse. Ilyenna must decide whether or not to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat her enemies, but if she embraces winter, she risks losing herself to that destroying power—forever.
Of Fire and Ash
There is one rule above all others: never bargain with the fae, for such bargains always morph into curses. But as the droughts worsens, Nelay must rely more and more on her forbidden sight to keep her family alive. When her father goes missing, she risks exposure to find him before time runs out. And when she arrives too late, the fairies are the only ones who can save him. All they require is a simple bargain that she'll return the favor one day.
Some bargains are lethal.
Only Nelay can stand between the cinders of her once-great nation and the vengeance of the Winter Queen.
Nelay was nine years old when she bargained with the fae to save her father’s life. That bargain left her bereft of family and cursed. Now seventeen and a powerful acolyte, Nelay wants nothing more than to become high priestess in the Temple of Fire.
Until the Clanlands, bent on vengeance, invade with their army and traps Nelay’s family behind enemy lines. Determined to save them, Nelay finds an unlikely and annoying ally in a smuggler with a penchant for legends. The fact that he’s handsome doesn’t hurt.
But as the Clanlands pommels her kingdom into submission, Nelay realizes a bigger power is at play than that wielded by mere mortals. The fae Winter Queen has rendered the enemy army invincible. Perhaps the only way to defeat the fae is to embrace the curse they gave her. There's just the little problem of losing her soul in the process.
To rise from the ashes, first she must burn.