Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell – Book Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

I was drawn in by the cover of this book and then quickly glancing at the summary, I knew I wanted to read it. I’m a little disappointed this isn’t talked about more in the community but here I am to scream about it!

A huge thank you to YABC for a copy of this book – please be sure to check it out the website!

Happy Reading!

Beasts of the Frozen Sun

Jill Criswell

Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Frozen Sun Saga, #1)

5 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.

When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.

As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.


I will admit this book took me almost 2 months to read. It was a little hard for me to get into but once I did, I finished it in 2 days. I absolutely loved this story and cannot wait to continue! The mythology of this book is so rich and unique. There was always something to learn about the gods of this world. The book took place on one island but there is a whole world to discover. I’m thinking more of this will be provided in the next two books and I can’t wait to read more about it. When looking back on the book, not a whole lot happened. It was a lot of being free, getting caught, then free again, oh but wait we’re caught again. This provided a lot of tension and are they ever going to get away but at the same time a very repetitive plot line. However, the ending of this book was wild! I was not expecting that twist and it was so good.

I am obsessed with the characters. I thought it was interesting that Mira’s point of view were all in first person while Reyker was in third. It threw me off a little but it was easy to get used to since Reyker’s chapters were never too long. The two different point of views though definitely brought a little more depth into the story which I always appreciate. Mira was a great protagonist and I loved her personality. It was very realistic with all of the turmoil she went through but coming to accept Reyker. And then poor Reyker who is just so easy to love… even if he is a beast. The communication barrier between them was realistic which also brought another element which was easy to get behind. I’m also a sucker for any enemy to lover story. I just know that book two is going to be a rollercoaster for them.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell was such an amazing read. Even though I struggled in the beginning to get into the book and there is a repeating plot line, I absolutely loved this book. I flew through it once I was finally into it. The mythology of this book drew me in and I can’t wait to learn more about this land. Mira and Reyker are amazing main characters and I am already anticipating the hurt that is going to occur for them to be together. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed fantasy, enemies to lovers, and heavy lore.

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