Wednesday, November 8, 2023

#Review ~ Realm of Ice and Shadow by Leigh Stratton ~ Young Adult Fantasy @leighstratton1 #YAFantasy #YA #Fantasy

Realm of Ice and Shadow
by Leigh Stratton

About Realm of Ice and Shadow:

Realm of Ice and Shadow

Young Adult Fantasy

1st in Series

Level Best Books, Level Elevate (November 7, 2023)

Number of Pages 210

Digital ASIN: ‎ B0CKV9K5PG

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they'll push her for answers she can't afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger. Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he's forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

My Review:

Realm of Ice and Shadow is a unique fantasy tale about other realms, hidden heritage, and a prophecy to save a kingdom. I really enjoyed the story, characters, setting, and the author's writing style. I was pulled into the book and kept engaged by descriptive scenes, wonderfully written and imperfect characters, and a mystery I just had to figure out. 

Ryleigh, Mia, and Jackson are such likable characters. Strong, independent, supportive and protective of one another even after Ryleigh and Mia had only known Jackson for a short time. I enjoyed the suspense, action, and anticipation the author built up throughout the story. 

I can't wait for the next book.

I was provided a copy of this book.

My Rating:


About Leigh Stratton:

Young adult and middle-grade fantasy writer Leigh Stratton is the author of the Kingdom of Cymmera series and the Ranger of the Realms series. Leigh grew up in a small town on Long Island where she spent many lazy afternoons with a good book. She would read at the beach, outside beneath a tree, anywhere she could find to curl up and lose herself in a story for a few hours. She loves reading as much now as she did back then, only now she enjoys the added pleasure of creating stories of her own.


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  1. Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the story. And thank you for sharing the release of Realm of Ice & Shadow!

  2. the cover looks very nice! This sounds like a very good book