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    An epic conclusion to an amazing series

    The Fairy Queens series is one of my all-time favorites and it 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 - captivating stories, love, friendship, action, multi-layered characters, amazing world building and breath-taking settings. If you haven’t read books 1- 4 yet – what are you waiting for? This is a series you don’t want to miss! OF SAND AND STORM Of Sand and Storm is just as fast paced and action packed as Argyle’s books always are and there’s never a dull moment. The pages’ fly by and it’s impossible to stop reading. The story is emotional, thought-provoking and gripping. I’m on pins and needles throughout the whole book and it’s just as exciting as it is terrifying. As beautiful as it is sad. Argyle never ceases to amaze me with her way with words and her incredible ability to create worlds and characters that draw you in and never let go. DAUGHTER OF WINTER In Daughter of Winter we get to follow Elice, the daughter of Ilyenna, the main character in Winter Queen. Elice has been living in the winter queendom all her life and she is starting to feel trapped. She wants to see the rest of the world, meet other people than her closest family and discover who she really is. Elice is an adorable character and I fell for her from the start. She reminds me so much of the Ilyenna we got see in Winter Queen. The innocence and the kindness, the courage and the strength, and of course the willingness to sacrifice everything for the ones you care about. It’s impossible not to like her. With its breath-taking setting, captivating story and multi-layered characters Daughter of Winter blew me away and I can’t recommend it enough. It will take you on a sparkling, thrilling and emotional adventure that you will not forget in a hurry. WINTER'S HEIR 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 everything 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 seven equally amazing books, it’s very hard to let go. 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!
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    Amazing book series

    The last stories in the Fairy Queens series have every characteristic trait of the whole series, and yet succeeded to be original and different. *of Sand and Storm* Cinder is freeborn half-Idaran, which makes her unaccepted by both Idarans and clansmen. Living as a servant in brothel, her life is being manipulated and treated with no respect as if she were a slave. When she is supposed to have a choice, threats against her family blackmails her into situations she hates and struggles to cope with, but she is strong and survives every obstacle. When she finds an unexpected ally in Darsam, relative of goddess queen Nelay, she dares to feel hopeful again. I simply love Amber´s books. Not only because of the stunning world and landscapes the story is set into, or the fast development and surprising twists in the plot. I admire her ability to come with every possible difficulty one could face and provide a guidance through the whole decision making process, dealt from the point of view of the specific characters, peppered with their emotions and thoughts. All the main characters are complex, believable and totally worth the interest. Observing their development and shaping is truly an experience. *Daughter of Winter* The sixth book provided a fast-paced, imaginative tale, sprakling with its cold beauty. Elice lives in the Winter Queendom, far from any settlement and other people; living basically in the middle of the winter´s dangers, ensuring her safety and protection, she is allowed to use the powers of winter magic, but experiences much coldness and loneliness. There is such an awesome beauty in Elice´s innocence and warm heart, contrasting with the cold country; she is an artist and healer, full of love for life and everything beautiful, but longing for freedom and knowing the world, making friends and experience colors of summer. However, the world around is crashing down, full of turbulences due to imbalance caused by never ending wars between the fairy queens. So Elice decides to run away from Ilyenna and her lost humanity with Adar, a boy from south she saved from certain death. But Adar has his own mission, now threatened by Elice´s amiability and loveliness.. Pure heart is the light that might outshine the darkness and restore the balance, rebirth the magic and save millions of lives. Surviving the escape route from winter queendom is far from the end of Elice´s struggles. *Winter´s heir* The final book makes a great conclusion to the whole series. Winter´s heir is full of action and emotions, hard decisions, dangerous situations and life struggles, displaying and describing the bright and dark side of one being and the choice which one to feed and grow. Elice is held as a captive in Thanjavar, full of anger over Adar's betrayal. But Adar tries to keep his word, therefore starts bargaining with the fairy queen, which never ends well. His role is now hard - fight for the love and for the world, sacrificing everything if necessary. The story is full of the importance of belief, enormous power, the process of magic reborn and finally getting the warring sides united again, but what a price should be paid in order to reach the peace.. I admit, the book was so emotionally written I nearly cried in the end and I am sad it's over now; it was totally worth reading until the final sentence. Elice's great character finds light in the unhumanly souls of both fairy queens, saving them as well as Adar, whose loving heart and determination complemented Elice's mission and averted the disaster threatening to destroy the world. I absolutely adored the main characters, Elice and Adar, maybe the most among all the characters in the whole series. Also, the whole series developed so much I couldn´t stop even if I wanted to. I was tensed until the last page, believing in at least some happy end but uncertain of one. The whole escalation of the plot blended with amazing pictures of the world and beauty of the magic contributed to the amazing experience. A huge thank you for having a chance to read the books!
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    2nd Half of an Excellent Series

    Wow! This is the second half of an amazing series. I was given a copy of this series by the author for an honest review. I have read all the books in the series and you can’t go wrong picking up and reading any of them. What I like best about this Fairy Queen Series is that the main characters are strong women, who fight through adversary and continue to hope. ‘Of Sand and Storm’ - This is an excellent Fairy Queen Story. Cinder is a servant in a brothel. She is ‘free’, but her mother and grandmother are slaves and ‘companions’ to men. Cinder tries to find work to buy her family freedom, but she is despised because she has clan blood in her. She meets Darsam, when she is pushed in front of his chariot. This book is suspenseful from the very beginning and has romance, hope, and dark moments. If you have read her other books in the series, there are new twists in this book that keep you guessing. There are also parallels to issues still around today. To me, this is the darkest of these three book but Cinder never gives up. Good book and keeps you thinking afterwards. ‘Daughter of Winter’ - Elice has never seen people other than her family. She rescues Adar, heals him, and hides him so her mother won’t kill him. Her mother has warned her that men are evil and she must stay near the Winter Palace so that she may stay safe. When her mother discovers Adar and that Elice want to leave the kingdom, Elice makes a bargain with her mother that she is not sure the Winter Queen will keep. Elice and Adar flight is full of perils. We also get the impression that Adar has some secrets that he has not shared with Elice. This is an excellent suspenseful romance. ‘Witch’s Heir’ - Amazing end to series. I was given an ARC by the author for an honest review. This series continues to surprise me. Without giving out any spoilers, I was surprised and pleased on how this series ended. Elice only remembers living in the Winter Queendom and long to experience the Summer Queendom that she has heard about from her grandfather. She gets to experience a more colorful and aromatic world. Elice has managed to escape from her mother's queendom with Adar, but is she really free. Now she learns the secret that Adar has been keeping from her. The adventures continue in this book. I highly recommend this book and this series.
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    Good series

    Books are good and easy to read. Enjoyable story. Books seem a little disjointed at first but the author ties them all together and the stories as weĺl.
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