Three out of five stars.
“Because if you don’t choose to fight against the wrong in the world, then you are the wrong in the world.”
I really wanted Frozen Tides to be better than its predecessor, Gathering Darkness. Unfortunately, it was around the same caliber.
The word I would use to describe this book is convenient. Everything that happens and everyone that shows up or is revealed is all very convenient and moves the plot along.
A new character is introduced when certain characters are in desperate need of a magical healer. This magical healer is now with them throughout the rest of their journey. This takes away the unpredictable aspect the story had going for it, which was also one of the main reasons I loved the second book in the series, Rebel Spring.
Kyan reminds me of a immature teenager ruled by instincts, which makes him unpredictable actions predictable. At the end of Gathering Darkness, I thought that his character would be a game changer for the rest of the story, however he just runs around complaining and lighting everything on fire.
Lucia joining Kyan made sense at the ending of the previous book, however by the end of Frozen Tides she felt used and pointless.
The biggest issue I have with these books is all the hype around Cleo and Magnus, or Magneo. I heard about this ship before I knew anything about the plot of the books. There were a few moments in Rebel Spring where I could see their ship on the horizon and I was ready to board, but now I don’t understand the hype. Magnus is an awful character. He has no redeemable qualities and treat Cleo as if she’s the dirt on his brand new shoes. Their moments in Frozen Tides felt fake and forced. Even though they’ve been through a lot of tough and stressful events together, I don’t understand how Cleo could fall in love with the person who murdered her first love in front of her.
Overall, I am really disappointed with Frozen Tides. I expected a lot more from this book since it has a 4.49 average on Goodreads. A lot of the events in this book are too conveniently placed, which makes the story loose its unpredictability.