"A captivating series!" –Jennifer A. Nielsen, NYT bestselling author of The False PrinceA dark twist on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Winter Queen shows how the Snow Queen came into power.
Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: her soul in exchange for escape from the invaders stealing over the mountains.
Refusing to abandon her family, she returns to her village and offers up herself as a hostage to save her father’s life. Struggling to survive Darrien’s cruelty, Ilyenna fin
ds a measure of solace in her fellow prisoner, Rone’s, arms. But it isn’t long before she discovers the feud between their clans is merely a distraction from something far worse.
Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying powers—forever.
Winner of the Rone Award for Best Fantasy/Science Fiction of 2014