Kingdom Cold was a pleasantly nice surprise. When I came across the synopsis, I immediately wanted to read it. I didn’t expect the author to offer me an ARC, nor did I expect I would finish this book in one sitting! This self-published gem is truly one to put on your shelves.
The book revolves around Princess Charlotte, who is told by her mother that she is to be wed to Prince Young of Vires. She obviously does not want to go through with it, but when her kingdom is attacked, her hand in marriage is renegotiated to someone with ulterior motives. Charlotte finds that the only one she could turn to is Prince Young, and his brother, Prince Minseo.
Like previous reviewers mentioned, Brittni has a way of writing that always leaves readers wanting more. Her writing style is effortlessly easy to read, and I could vividly put myself in the place of the characters. While I love the fact that Prince Young and Minseo were Korean and Princess Charlotte black, I don’t really appreciate how skin color was regarded. This is an excerpt from the book:
“But the Princess of Besmium, like many of the courtiers in her kingdom, had a brown skin tone, which I’d only seen once as a child when the King of Besmium visited my father. I had asked to touch the king’s skin, only to be scolded by my father, though I was too young to understand why.”
“…I froze. I tried not to gape at her, but I couldn’t help but notice her caramel skin, which glowed a yellowish-gold in the candlelight..”
Reading these paragraphs made me feel weird, and it would’ve been fine had he just described the color of her skin. I personally don’t enjoy seeing skin tones being compared to food, usually, authors don’t shy away from stating ethnicities of their characters. I also hoped they would’ve put an emphasis on Korean culture as well. Some of the characters felt underdeveloped and the ending was a tad bit lackluster but other than that, I didn’t really have any other issue with the book! I love it for its unexpected twists.
Kingdom Cold is not your standard childish tale of romance. It was really written very nicely and I grew attached to the characters and their own trials and tribulations. The novel has a lot of action and emphasis on consent as well, which also took me by surprise. But ultimately, this book is a coming-of-age tale set in the fragile times of war.
Kingdom Cold releases on Valentine’s Day, and it would be foolish to miss out on this beautiful read.
Title: Kingdom Cold
Author: Brittni Chenelle
Genre: Young Adult
Source: ARC via author
Publication Date: February 14, 2019
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