Review | Winterglass

Posted 15 December, 2017 by Jade in Book Review / 6 Comments

Review | WinterglassWinterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Published by Apex Book Company on December 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, LGBT
Format: Kindle eBook

The city-state Sirapirat once knew only warmth and monsoon. When the Winter Queen conquered it, she remade the land in her image, turning Sirapirat into a country of snow and unending frost. But an empire is not her only goal. In secret, she seeks the fragments of a mirror whose power will grant her deepest desire.

At her right hand is General Lussadh, who bears a mirror shard in her heart, as loyal to winter as she is plagued by her past as a traitor to her country. Tasked with locating other glass-bearers, she finds one in Nuawa, an insurgent who’s forged herself into a weapon that will strike down the queen.

To earn her place in the queen’s army, Nuawa must enter a deadly tournament where the losers’ souls are given in service to winter. To free Sirapirat, she is prepared to make sacrifices: those she loves, herself, and the complicated bond slowly forming between her and Lussadh.

If the splinter of glass in Nuawa’s heart doesn’t destroy her first.

“For your mind is a weapon, Nuawa, and we shall nurture it in the absence of fear. One day you will fire all that you are, like a bullet, into the heart of the Winter Queen.”

I’m not really sure what to say about Winterglass. It’s interesting, has a largely diverse cast of characters, the world and its history sounds really cool (yes, I had to), but it did take me a lot longer than I would have liked to get into it.

Nuawa is a fighter who’s less interested in the glory of it and more how she needs to use it to accomplish her goals. The tribute game is a good opportunity for that, and the fact that it brings her closer to both the Queen and the Queen’s General is the appeal. Nuawa is competent, strong, and easy to change opinions and personality when required. She’s seemingly on good terms with everyone, though, and nothing comes difficult for her. In fact, outside of the beginning, everything comes up roses for Nuawa (it’s a little boring, really).

Lussadh is loyal to a fault, and went against her family to ally with the Queen. She goes out without her own guard more than she should, and she still follows orders she finds distasteful despite hoping for circumstances where she won’t have to. There seem to be more plots against her than the Queen, to be honest, which sucks because she was one of the better characters in the book.

“There’s no one alive more dangerous than you, General.” Nuawa keeps her voice and face bland, composed: it is not flattery she means to give, nor obsequiousness she means to project. From what Indrahi said, the general enjoys neither.

There’s no real conflict or excitement in Winterglass. Even later on in the novel where Nuawa is confronted by the Queen, the pacing of the book doesn’t seem to change at all. Nothing is exciting or worth a change in the text. It might just be the writing style, but the text seemed to be more focused on sounding pretty than anything else. Which, yeah, it was pretty but even the romantic moments between characters didn’t seem to have much to them.

While I have been a little negative about the book so far, it’s still an interesting read. The prose is pretty, the descriptions are nice, what we get of the world building is interesting, and all the characters have the potential to be great❤︎ I’m really hoping that this ends up being the beginning of a series because it builds up a lot and ends rather abruptly. Even though this book wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be, I would love to read a series in this universe and with these characters. I want to see them all develop more, and I want to see the plots against the Queen and any further plots against Lussadh play out.

It is beautiful at first, snow, Mother would say, until it erases and turns all you know into a copy of itself. Soon you no longer recall a time without; soon you forget warmth and buffaloes dozing by the riverbank. Soon, you remember only what it wants you to remember.

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6 responses to “Review | Winterglass

  1. I’ve read so much about this book and really want to read but maybe it might not be of my liking especially if the pace is really slow and there isn’t a graph to the story or writing. Though, the mention of extremely diverse characters interests me so maybe that would compel me to pick this up. Loved the review, Jade! <3 😀

    • Thank you! ❤︎

      There are so many mixed reviews about this book around lol I loved the diversity, and it seems like a decent build up to a series, but it falls short if it’s meant to be a standalone 🙁

      If you don’t mind excessive pretty text, and descriptions upon descriptions of the same things multiple times, it’s still an interesting read. Other than it being a pretty slow one of course~ If you do pick it up let me know what you think? 🙂

  2. I hate it when a book has everything it needs to, yet it fails to impress us. This sounds to be one fo those kind. Sadly we can’t hate it and not like it as well.

    • Yeah 🙁 I’m really hoping for a sequel or something else in the universe at least because it’d really help, but yeah. This was not what I expected.