08 April 2019

Through the White Wood | Book Review + Giveaway


The Bear and the Nightingale meets Frostblood in this romantic historical fantasy from the author of Beyond a Darkened Shore.

When Katya loses control of her power to freeze, her villagers banish her to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev.

Expecting punishment, she is surprised to find instead that Sasha is just like her—with the ability to summon fire. Sasha offers Katya friendship and the chance to embrace her power rather than fear it.

But outside the walls of Kiev, Sasha’s enemies are organizing an army of people bent on taking over the entire world.

Together, Katya’s and Sasha’s powers are a fearsome weapon. But as their enemies draw nearer, will fire and frost be enough to save the world? Or will Katya and Sasha lose everything they hold dear?

Inspired by Russian mythology, this lushly romantic, intensely imaginative, and fiercely dramatic story is about learning to fight for yourself, even when the world is falling down around you.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 9, 2019



I loved both The Bear and the Nightingale and Frostblood, so of course, I excitedly picked up Jessica Leake’s Through the White Wood, thanks to the blurb comparisons. I’m glad to say it did not disappoint.

Katya can control ice. Except, well, she has little control, actually. As a result, she ends up taken to the menacing Prince Sasha—and naturally, her whole life changes. She soon discovers more to the truth about who she is, how to use her ability, and a prince who has a power not so unlike her own.

A story of friendship, magic, romance, and danger, Through the White Wood is fast-paced, engaging, and fun. I love how Leake pulled me into the story and made me care about these characters and what would happen. It’s definitely an enjoyable read, and I highly recommend it to fantasy lovers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Jessica Leake is the author of Beyond a Darkened Shore as well as the adult novels Arcana and The Order of the Eternal Sun. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, four young children, lots of chickens, and two dogs who keep everyone in line.


2 winners will receive a copy of Through the White Wood (US only)

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Ends April 17th

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1 comment:

  1. The cover is stunning! The premise sounds exciting and I can't wait to read these books.