Winter's Heir

Winter's HeirTitle: Winter’s Heir
Author: Amber Argyle
Series: Fairy Queens, #3
Publication date: July 20, 2016 
Length: 174

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Other books in the series: Of Ice and Snow | Winter Queen | Of Fire and Ash | Summer Queen | Daughter of Winter

A price must be paid.

Elice has left behind the ice and isolation of winter. Before her is the warmth and wonder of summer with all its color and life. Adar, the young man she saved from the sea, is by her side, and his touch sends tendrils of heat where before there was only cold. 
But all is not as it seems. There are secrets hidden in the heart of summer. Secrets that could burn Elice to the ground and take the whole world with her. The decades-long war between the fairies of winter and summer has thrown off the balance of nature, leaving the world in its death throes. 
Adar believes Elice can stop the destruction—if only she will listen to him. But like the fairies’ bargains, that trust comes with a cost. And the price Elice will pay will tear asunder the boundaries between dreams and family, loyalty and betrayal.

Thank you to Amber Argyle for the review copy! As I'm part of the Argylers Street Team this review will be in English instead of Swedish. 

My Review
Winter’s Heir is the conclusion to Argyle’s Fairy Queens series and I’ve both been longing for and dreading this moment. I’ve loved every single book in this series to pieces and knowing that the ending were rushing forward made my heart ache. I don’t want to leave the world and the characters I’ve grown to love so much. I know I’ll always be able to return by re-reading the books, and I definitely will (many times!) but it still breaks my heart a bit knowing that there’ll never be any new stories to explore. However necessary, I hate endings and having to say goodbye. There’s also all these expectations when it comes to the finale and I was terrified that Winter’s Heir wouldn’t be able to live up to them. Being the last in a series of six books, where each and every book have been amazing, is not easy. But deep down I knew Argyle would give the series the closure it deserved and she definitely did. It was epic and moving and kind of perfect. I couldn’t have asked for more. 

Winter’s Heir starts off right were we left Elice and Adar at the end of Daughter of Winter. It’s action packed and fast paced from page one and you can really feel how the finale is rushing closer and closer. It’s a captivating and emotional journey and all questions get their answers. I’m really impressed by how Argyle ties all the books together in this one. I love when you can suddenly see how everything fits together. A lot has happened since Of Ice and Snow and Winter Queen and everyting is tied up so nicely in Winter’s Heir. It’s hard to grasp that this really is the end. That there will be no more. When you’ve followed three generations, in six equally amazing books, it’s very hard to let go. The Fairy Queens series will always have a special place in my heart. It reminds me of why I love reading so much and has everything I could ever wish for in a book series - love, friendship, action, lovable characters, amazing world building and vivid descriptions.  

In Winter’s Heir we’re back in the Summer Realm and even though I love the harsh beauty of the Winter Queendom, the Summer Realm will always be the place I love most. I love the crowded cities, the vibrant colors and the warmth. And of course I was thrilled to finally see my favorite character, Nelay, again. I may even have shed a tear or two. She’s still one of my all time favorite characters and even though she’s no longer the main character, she still shines just as bright and I’m happy for every scene she gets, however small. 

Elice is the star of Winter’s Heir and she’s grown so much during these two last books. She’s been through such a difficult journey and been forced to make impossible choices, but still she manages to stay true to her heart and never loses her kindness and strength. The journey helped her find herself and truly live up to her potential, but without losing what she already had. She’s an amazing heroine. Adar has also grown a lot and he feels more mature. He still has that witty charm, that you cannot not like, but he doesn’t get on my nerves as much as in the previous book. Just as Elice, he’s had a difficult journey and faced impossible choices. But, as Elice, he fought his way through and grew so much in the process. I love them both immensely and they make the most adorable couple.  

A few new characters are introduced in Winter’s Heir and I really like Cinder. I know Argyle is going to release a novella about her soon and I cannot wait to read it! What I liked the most though, was seeing all the old characters again. I’ve grown so attached to them all and seeing them again felt like coming home. Again, it breaks my heart having to say goodbye to them all. 

World building and descriptions are on-point as always. As I’ve said in almost every review, Argyle is a queen when it comes to making sure everything is described in a way that will make you feel like you’re truly part of the world. This again, makes it so hard to leave. The world has become like a second home and while reading it feels just as real as my own world. I love when a book can give you that feeling. It’s magical! 

Winter’s Heir is an epic closure to an amazing series and I can’t recommend it enough. I can’t recommend the whole series enough. I love it so, so much and it’s one of my all-time favorites. It has everything you could wish for and more. Captivating stories, multi-layered characters and breath-taking settings. If you haven’t read the previous books yet – what are you waiting for? This is a series you don’t want to miss. 

About the author

Amber Argyle is the number-one bestselling author of the Witch Song Series and the Fairy Queen Series. Her books have been nominated for and won awards in addition to being translated into French and Indonesian.

Amber graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less crazy larger people

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