Bestselling fantasy/romance author Stobie Piel brings us the second in her Dragonfly series, Prince of Ice sequel to her successful Strange Brews.
Warrior princess Cahira Daere is the last hope of her people. Skilled with a bow but still unable to harness her “ki”, Cahira vowed she would find a way to defeat the evil one that stalks her in her dreams. The wicked Arch Mage has cast a spell on all the Mages of Amrodel including King Damir and Queen Eliana putting them in a deathlike slumber. With Damir’s last breath, he protects Cahira by giving her his shield so that she may journey to the icy Norsklands to seek the aid of the Norsk chieftain, Aren, the only one powerful enough to wield the Dragonfly sword and destroy the malevolent Arch Mage.
Remembering the angelic boy Aren she had met years before, Cahira treks north with a ragtag group of loyal friends, including her guide, a talking bat named Felix, who would aid her on her quest. Cahira is shocked to come face to face with the now grown Aren the brutish leader of the sworn enemy of her people. Is there a hero who can crush the Arch Mage in this gigantic warrior’s fierce persona? Cahira’s destiny as well as the future of her beloved woodland home lies with this Prince of Ice.
Prince of Ice continues where Strange Brews left off, and fans of that novel will be enchanted by the magic Stobie Piel continues to weave. If you have not read the first book, you will be lost though. Reuniting us with core characters from the first book, and introducing more intriguing ones, helps keep the storyline focused and on track for an even flow. Cahira and Aren were destined to be together from the hints we received in the first book, and we are not surprised when they declare their love, but the fantasy elements and whimsical creatures, (I loved Felix), will keep you entertained. I was a little stunned that Cahira and the rest of her party could be that blinded and manipulated by the shrewish Shaen, who had shown her true colors in the previous story, so why trust her and bring her along in this one? I do look forward to the next in the series.