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One of my favorites...
on 25 April 2014
The Cold King is one of my favorite books and a interesting interpretation of the classic Beauty and the Beast story-line. King Valanka was cursed by his father for his dismissive ways, even if they were justified, and Calia is considered the ugly and usless daughter who, with no marriage prospects, is sold by her mother and town and given to the king as his slave.
King Valanka is a complex hero, wanting the best for his kingdom, but losing the man he was in the process, in some ways he forgets what it means to be human and in his own way he believe he is doing the best by his servants, which leads to some painful scenes with Calia when he acts in a way he believes right.
Calia has known little love and affection in her life and tries to make the best of her slavery, it is no wonder she falls in love with Val. But what i love most is her development from shy, scared girl to a brave woman who will stand up to a king to get her point across. Her character development is one of the most pleasing aspects of this book.
Not only is this a romance but Val's curse comes with a twist and not only must he fall in love but develop other friendships as well to be free and watching Val be the man he was meant to be and the range of characters introduced make this story a wonderful, if quite dark, fairy tale.