In Ice Forged, the first book in the Ascendant Kings Saga, Martin quickly creates an attachment between the reader and the characters. The immediate action in this story pulls the reader in, sustaining interest throughout the entire novel. With several near-death encounters, the suspense is developed even further. By the close of the book, the audience will be completely invested in the well-being of the characters and their world. And with more than a few unexpected twists, this easy-to-follow storyline will leave the reader completely surprised and ready for the next book in the saga.
Lord Blaine McFadden murders his father to keep him from hurting Blaine’s sister and brother. Because the kingdom knows of Lord Ian McFadden’s violent tendencies, King Merrill is more lenient with Blaine’s punishment. But this only saves Blaine from hanging, and he is sent to the prison colony at the freezing edge of the world, Edgeland. Six years later, when he finally feels comfortable there and content with the life he has made, the war between Meroven and Donderath, his home country, threatens to ruin his peace. Suddenly nothing is normal: There are severe storms, flickering magic and rebelling prisoners. The same phenomena are occurring back in Donderath where Bevin Connor is attempting to figure out what is causing it. Eventually, they all come together to suss out the source of these disturbing events, and to try and restore order. (ORBIT, Jan., 592 pp., $15.99)