The Cold King by Amber Jaeger
Published by: Amber Jaeger (Self Published)
Reviewed by: Madison
What to Expect: With the new Beauty and the Beast, expect a more adult retelling of the story!
Plot: … 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…
Review: I loved this story a lot. It was a short read for a book lover.Granted I did read it immediately after I got home from seeing the new Beauty and the Beast. But I think Calia is relatable with her quirks. She is not the fairest maiden in the land, nor is she the most graceful. I also loved how each and every character around the castle stood out, paying homage to the classic but making them all have vibrant personalities.
My favorite descriptions were of the Cold King himself. His backstory was fleshed out and sometimes he came off grotesque and unlikable. I think in an adult version of this story, that is necessary. Jaeger transports the reader to a wonderful world where people are not very nice but if we can find it in our hearts we can see beauty and love in all things.
What you might not like/doesn’t work for you: It can be a tad cliche but reading fairytale retellings can feel overdone due to seeing them so often.
What you will love: Though this is a retelling it stands on its own with some fresher ideas and a sizzling romantic build up. All of the characters are recognizable from the famous tale, but are brought to life with different backgrounds.
When not working on her own first novel, Madison loves reading YA & Fantasy and listening to podcasts. Check out all of her reviews here.
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