Seventeen-year-old Smitha's wealth, status, and beauty make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha's desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a new found purpose gives her hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha’s heart, or will Death forever still it?
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Thanks NetGally for the opportunity to early review this Book. Lately I got few of this opportunities from Netgally, and I really had good surprises. This Book is one of this surprises.
The has this atmosphere of Folk legend - The Heroine - 17-year-old Smitha was very beautiful and too smart(for example, she had this talent for foreigner languages and even invented a hand sign one - this capability will be handy in the future) for her own good. In her pride (The sin of hubris), she used to look on every body in her village, Euwan, down her nose (nobody was more beautiful nor smarter then her). It really didn't matter if the person was family friend or other, he was there only to been used by her. Her cruelty, selfishness didn't know limits and she got her way because people loved her and tend to forgive her most of the time.But one day she took her treats too far and she got punished.
She succeed to anger a wizard.
Every body used to be afraid from wizards, even in this pats of her world, wizards were unseen. They supposedly to live far away in the unclaimed land in the north. They were know to be very capricious, people and very dangerous, so nobody want to meet one. To seek one considered very foolish, and it can lead that all the village can be cursed.
25 years old Mordan, appeared one day, during the fall harvest, in their Euwan, carrying only one filthy cloth bag. Nobody know where he came from and why he came. Smitha's father is wealthy wainwright and he took pity on Mordan and accept him to work at his tunery. Mordan was his single employee and he immediately fell for Smitha. Smitha didn't liked this at all. She tried to ignore him as much she can sending him all the sign that she is totally not interested. Mordan didn't got the message. When he started to hint that he want more from her, she got stressed.
She didn't want to give him a chance as she think that he is too ridiculous. She was harsh. She treated him and his love really meanly and none respectfully, she got cursed.
Mordan's cursed her to be as cold as her heart! that winter will follow her wherever she go and death will follow the cold.
She never felt so cold in her life and she will never be. She was so cold that that every thing she touched, freezed or covered by ice. Her own body and hair turned white, losing it's softness and flexibility. Her cloths turned stiff from cold on her body frame. Her tears froze on her face and her blood flow sluggishly in her veins. She couldn't touch anybody and she had to eat very fast before the food will freeze in her hands. Taking a shower was a real project - as the water freeze after awhile.In fact doing thing was almost impossible.
In her miserable tries to get warm she could put her hand into the fire without getting burned,but also, without getting warmed.
And Smitha become the Ice witch that every body afraid from. Her Cures created the heaviest snow falls in the history of Euwan. it make atmosphere so cold that people got sick. The snow struck the hard the crops and people started to afraid from famine. Some of them died too. Her curse griped her like a noose and spread outward from her. It expand all over Euwan. So the people of Euwan cast her out.
Also other people didn't took her in. She was completely by herself and totally alone.
There was only one thing that could lift this loneliness, because, in her unique state she could see, touch and talk with death - Sadriel. To her he had body - he wore a black coat,boots and a wide bream hat on his long dark hair, long nose and glowing amber eyes in smooth white ageless face. He was tall and lanky and the cold lured him to her. Sadriel, was lonely too and he wanted her to become his queen in his realm, where the law of magic can't be held like in the mortal realm. In almost forgotten language and honey like voice, he reminded her that he was also part of her curse. he told her that they suitable to each other because she is carrying death.
At the beginning she thought to go north and looking for another wizard and ask him to lift the curse. If one wizard can cursed her maybe another can cure her. Then she remember how capricious they are and had a second thoughts about it. So, maybe a different wizard will laugh at her plight, and maybe worsen it or even can kill her. And what if Mordan fled to the north to his own kind? How much more pain he will inflict on her?
Even though she still has hope and decided to go north. When she arrived to the mountain pass before their country, she discovered that wizards can kill and they do kill one another in a very fascinated ways.She had a hard core evidence of their horrors doings.
Wizards harvest manna from the bowls of hearth, scrap it from the bodies of dead beasts. They covet it and kill for it and eat it until their eyes turned glassy. Wizard's brain were filled with with other realms. Sometimes they die from too much manna, but this don't stop them from taking it.
So she flee without any destination in her mind. The only thing on her mind that she has to break the curse somehow all by herself. All along the Death was right on her trail trying to tempt her (you merely change, no sickness will come to you, no aging and no pain. He can make the transfer fun, just for her) to join him in his realm. When he told her that he can't make her warm again,and that she can't his the heart that he don't has, Smitha told him that she isn't dead yet. She still has heart even it is somewhat frozen one and she still cherished life.
One day in her endless roaming and fleeing from people, she got a request that she could not resist. The request cam from Imad of the people of the desert - he asked her to come and help the people of Zareed with the long time drought that they suffer from.This was her first opportunity to do some good with her curse.....