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Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her. On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Va Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her. On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire. Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.


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Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her. On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Va Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her. On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire. Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

30 review for Shadow and Ice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    DNF at 55% Le. Sigh. This is a first. I adore all things Gena Showalter and have loved practically her entire backlist. I was so excited for a brand new series from the PNR queen. And while I'm curious enough about this series to want to read the next books, I couldn't connect with this one for the life of me. If Thor, Hunger Games, and Vikings had an extremely confused baby, this book would be it. There's so much that's happening here, that I still couldn't wrap my mind around anything halfway thr DNF at 55% Le. Sigh. This is a first. I adore all things Gena Showalter and have loved practically her entire backlist. I was so excited for a brand new series from the PNR queen. And while I'm curious enough about this series to want to read the next books, I couldn't connect with this one for the life of me. If Thor, Hunger Games, and Vikings had an extremely confused baby, this book would be it. There's so much that's happening here, that I still couldn't wrap my mind around anything halfway through. There's way too many characters, too much happening, too many details, and none of it comes together. Or if it did, it went right over my head. The main characters were interesting individually, but together, they just didn't do it for me. I didn't feel their chemistry and I didn't buy into their connection. Everything felt like it was moving at a glacial pace (no pun intended) and between the over informative and confusing world building and the inner monologue, I found the story dragging. I typically love Gena's style of sassy inner monologue, but it was simply too much here. The "I want her, I can't have her, desire her so, must kill everyone" on repeat, it got old after a while. Then there was the graphic and gory deaths of basically everyone in the book before I could even understand who they were or how they tied in, and color me over it. I wanted so much to love this book, but sadly after forcing myself for over half and still not connecting with any of it, it was time to exit stage left. When you get to a point where you just don't care what happens to the characters at the end, you quit while you're ahead. Hopefully the next book will be more my speed. I took a glance at the end, and I'm definitely intrigued for these two characters. And as for this book, I tend to run on the side of picky, so give it a shot and judge for yourself. I may be the lone wolf with my opinion here. ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kat Valentine

    I really love this new series from gena showalter. In her Gods of War we have both male and female warriors who fight in the All War and it's a fight to the death. I love the sci-fi feel to this,it's new compared to gena's usually paranormal feel. The world building is very good too . Their are many warrior's with a little backstory to each to get us interested and I like that,I'm all about wanting to know all the players!! I didn't like Knox at first,but as he told his story I fell in love with I really love this new series from gena showalter. In her Gods of War we have both male and female warriors who fight in the All War and it's a fight to the death. I love the sci-fi feel to this,it's new compared to gena's usually paranormal feel. The world building is very good too . Their are many warrior's with a little backstory to each to get us interested and I like that,I'm all about wanting to know all the players!! I didn't like Knox at first,but as he told his story I fell in love with this sex god bad boy. Vale is a strong snarky character who was passed around from foster homes were she was abused and more til she went to live in the streets until she finally found a great foster mom . But it's made her tough and she doesn't take any shit from anyone not even king Ansel ( asshole)! Can't stand this prick I hope knox guts him!! The chemistry and steamy hot sex between knox and vale is off the charts and will melt your kindles !!! And I love when a writer puts little things in their books about things that some of us deal with. Nola vales foster sister has the very painful and misunderstood disease fibromyalgia. I'm so thankful to gena for making that apart of this story it might start more conversions on this painful disease. I can't wait for the next book from this series it is Bane and Nola's story!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ◊♦ Naomi

    Being a long time reader of Gena and a big fan of her Lords of the Underworld series, I was looking forward to read Shadow and Ice, the first book in Showalter's brand new paranormal series, Gods of War. Gena ventured into something a little different and she rocked it. While still being a paranormal book, Shadow and Ice is not like her other series at all. Think hardcore Hunger Games with blood thirsty immortals from different planets, killing each other to conquer Earth. This book was freaking Being a long time reader of Gena and a big fan of her Lords of the Underworld series, I was looking forward to read Shadow and Ice, the first book in Showalter's brand new paranormal series, Gods of War. Gena ventured into something a little different and she rocked it. While still being a paranormal book, Shadow and Ice is not like her other series at all. Think hardcore Hunger Games with blood thirsty immortals from different planets, killing each other to conquer Earth. This book was freaking awesome! Bloody, violent, funny, sexy, Showalter went all in, nothing held back and wrote a one of a kind, not-so-typical, love story. Knox is a powerhouse of an immortal, able to control shadows with his mind, he has already won four All Wars for his king and wants to win his fifth and finally gain his freedom. Nothing will get in his way, until him and his fellow combatants get imprisoned in ice for centuries. Vale is a city girl traveling with her sister in the Arctic before going home and opening their bakery. The girls get lost one day and end up in a cave full of frozen immortals, inadvertently freeing them and starting the war again. It's simply impossible to get bored while reading this book. First of all, you can't be immune to all the blood and gory details, which I loved because, as I've said, Gena went there. The witty heroine and clueless hero made this for me. Knox knows absolutely nothing about this new Earth, left in ice for centuries, none of the immortals have any idea about the new technology and even their translators are outdated. New technology + bad translators = hilarious moments. "She’d also insisted he “buckle up,” willingly restricting his movements. When he’d flat-out refused, she’d said, “I’m going to give you a hands-on demonstration about car safety, and when I’m done, you’ll want to curse me, but you’re going to thank me instead.” She’d then sped up only to slam on the brakes. After his forehead had introduced itself to the dashboard, he’d decided the seat belt buckle wasn’t so bad, after all. And yes, he had thanked her." Vale is a funny, tough but insecure heroine who gets sucked into a crazy, scary and bloody war full of massive immortals who want her dead. I liked how she panicked but still took it all in stride and went with it because she didn't have a choice and chose to fight for her life and her planet. Her love for her sister is a fierce thing and I think Gena did a wonderful job with that, it's not the whole focus of the book but it does play a significant part in the story and it promises more to come. Vale is far from stupid, she adapted to her new life quickly and never back down. I loved that about her, finally a heroine who thought about things before doing something completely stupid and irrational. Knox is her total opposite. Already in the war and a veteran at that, he is not ready to lose no matter how many centuries passed since his imprisonment. He finds himself in a new situation though, being attracted by his enemy. Knox is definitely right up Gena's alley, powerful, not afraid to die, determined to win, tattooed, well hung, arrogant, protective yet supportive. You'll love him. Like Vale, he adapted to his new circumstances fast and he was ready to kill in no time. "He was a beast on the inside and a storybook prince on the outside, hot enough to send her hormones into overdrive." Their relationship was explosive. In and out of bed. I think this might be one of Gena's hottest book to date. She went gory but she also went steamy, like a lot. Far from complaining because I loved it, the sex scenes were everything. Close your door when you read it, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the ride. Vale sure did. "What do you want to be when you're free?" "I...don't know. Do it. Tell her. "I only know I want every inch of my shaft buried inside you." It was sexy but not only. Vale and Knox made it work, it wasn't easy because in this war betrayal is easier than love and love is dangerous but Gena wrote a great romance. I absolutely loved seeing their feelings develop, especially with Knox because being who he is, he never got to have someone for himself and seeing him realize that he could, that love always finds a way no matter your circumstances, was amazing and so satisfying. "He'd lost the war the second they'd met." But you don't just get romance and great main characters in Shadow and Ice. As I may have mentioned, you get blood, lot of blood, heads too and some body parts but also some very intriguing secondary characters, I can already imagine all the new stories we're going to get. Don't get too attached though, it is a war after all, you never know who might get killed. In addition, Gena pulled some twists that made the story ten times more interesting and promise to make for a kickass book two. I already cannot wait.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    DNF - NO RATING What an information dump and so confusing at that. The world building was out of control,and details were hazy. I couldn't get a grasp on the universe at all. There was a lot of death and sex, the relationship between hero and heroine not organic. This was unexpectedly disappointing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Wow..I am drooling now...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Showalter masterfully made a world come alive with words. Her writing translated into something utterly visual. This story is completely original and not a concept that I've come across before. That being said, Shadow and Ice really wasn't my normal cup of tea. It is very dark, it is very bloody and it has an abundance of sex. And yet, something kept me wanting to read on. Kind of like knowing something bad is coming but you just can't look away... you cringe and think you are going to look away Showalter masterfully made a world come alive with words. Her writing translated into something utterly visual. This story is completely original and not a concept that I've come across before. That being said, Shadow and Ice really wasn't my normal cup of tea. It is very dark, it is very bloody and it has an abundance of sex. And yet, something kept me wanting to read on. Kind of like knowing something bad is coming but you just can't look away... you cringe and think you are going to look away but find that darn curiosity gets the better of you. I have to admit I was blown away with the Showalter's ability to conceive and execute something so raw and visceral. And even if it is more gory than I enjoy, I appreciated the world building, the ingenuity and imagination behind the storytelling. 3.5 stars I received this ARC copy of Shadow and Ice from HarperCollins - HQN. This is my honest and voluntary review. Shadow and Ice is set for publication October 23, 2018. My Rating: 3.5 stars Written by: Gena Showalter Series: Gods of War Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages Publisher: HQN Publication Date: October 23, 2018 ISBN-10: 1335041109 ISBN-13: 978-1335041104 Genre: Dark Fantasy Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Ice-God... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shad... Want more check us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate's Corner

    I think this is my first DNF of 2018. Not too shabby if I do say so. DNF @ 24 % because reasons. 

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (The Novel Lush)

    Meeeeeeeh. The world seemed kind of haphazardly thrown together and the rules were all over the place. 'We're vikings! No wait, futuristic space vikings! Just kidding, this is actually 1300 years in the past.' It was an attempt at a different take on lore/mythos that already exists by creating Vikings who travel using bifrost and fight in an All War to gain control of Midgard, so sounds a little Thor/Avengers-esque yes? Sorry, don't get excited. Vikings is actually a general term to mean 'not na Meeeeeeeh. The world seemed kind of haphazardly thrown together and the rules were all over the place. 'We're vikings! No wait, futuristic space vikings! Just kidding, this is actually 1300 years in the past.' It was an attempt at a different take on lore/mythos that already exists by creating Vikings who travel using bifrost and fight in an All War to gain control of Midgard, so sounds a little Thor/Avengers-esque yes? Sorry, don't get excited. Vikings is actually a general term to mean 'not natives' but I didn't read far enough to see what the natives were called, and the rules of this world seem to shift based on how conveniently a character needs to be or do a thing. Speaking of characters... There were so many character issues that drove me crazy that I couldn't even force myself to finish this one. I'm all down for a smutty read and characters being "caught in the moment" so to speak, but Vale was kidnapped but Knox who'd just ruthlessly murdered someone who was trying to help him, in a moment amidst battle that was totally unnecessary, (We figured by now that he was ruthless, this was overkill) and snatched away from her sister who apparently desperately needed the medication that Vale carried or she would go into severe withdrawals, but 2 seconds after Knox refused to take her to her sister even though Vale said that it was basically life or death, along with threatening her every other breath, her entire inner monologue amounts to: "Dooooo meeeeeeee! *pants*" There was no chemistry whatsoever, and well before Knox showed a single 'maybe he's not actually an ax murderer' redeeming quality, she was like a cat in heat. She also waxes on and on about how she prayed for and dreamed of being needed by a male. Gag. Not a person's head I want to be stuck in for 400+ pages. Knox, for his part, was all the bad parts of a hate to love trope. He didn't care if her sister lived or died, no matter if he was attracted to Vale or not, and that's just not one of those things that someone so adamant about taking care of her sibling would overlook because he's hot. NOTHING about his personality warranted the rampant cornball cat in heat behavior of the 'heroine', but no worries, we'll fix that! She accidentally killed a several centuries old warrior and inherited not only her status in an interplanetary war (of which that seemed like a random af rule, but okay let's let that slide), but the warrior's pheromones that will now make Knox a Tom Cat to match her inner cornball. Hurrah! -_-

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    3+ "All War" Stars! This was on the plus side of ok for me. It was, The Hunger Games, the Immortals Edition with a "must learn to trust another" romance and a lot more sexy times. I know a lot of PNR lovers are going to like this a lot. There is a lot of fighting action, a big cast of varying species with various paranormal abilities/ weapons. There is potential for the series. It seems the overall series arc will be ongoing; with a conclusion for each couple. I personally never got very vested 3+ "All War" Stars! This was on the plus side of ok for me. It was, The Hunger Games, the Immortals Edition with a "must learn to trust another" romance and a lot more sexy times. I know a lot of PNR lovers are going to like this a lot. There is a lot of fighting action, a big cast of varying species with various paranormal abilities/ weapons. There is potential for the series. It seems the overall series arc will be ongoing; with a conclusion for each couple. I personally never got very vested in Val and Knox as a couple. They were both good characters to cheer for, but they didn't give me very many "feels". That's why for me it was on the plus side of ok. Happy reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    What even is this? I can’t believe I had to DNF a Gena Showalter book. I’ve been a Showalter fan for about 10 years now and the thought of me ever wanting to DNF any of her books is ridiculous to me. However, Shadow and Ice is such a dumpster fire of epic proportions and I cannot feasibly believe it’s going to get any better if I continue on. I’ll explain… The basic premise goes like this: There’s this girl, Vale, and she's wandering around the Arctic Circle with her sister who’s addicted to opio What even is this? I can’t believe I had to DNF a Gena Showalter book. I’ve been a Showalter fan for about 10 years now and the thought of me ever wanting to DNF any of her books is ridiculous to me. However, Shadow and Ice is such a dumpster fire of epic proportions and I cannot feasibly believe it’s going to get any better if I continue on. I’ll explain… The basic premise goes like this: There’s this girl, Vale, and she's wandering around the Arctic Circle with her sister who’s addicted to opioids because their guide ditched them and now they’re lost. Already, I had a suspicion that these were going to be a couple of idiot characters. They stumble into a random ice cave and find all these frozen warriors. Vale’s immediate thought is that they must have stumbled into a tourist attraction. It was at this point that my suspicions of their idiocy were confirmed. Seriously? Bitch, you are lost in the Arctic Circle! Do you see any other tourists around? She proceeds to wander around the cave checking things out. That’s fine, I would look around too. The problem here is that she sees the love interest in the story, Knox, encased in ice and immediately starts getting all hot and bothered. Girl… you are lost in the Arctic Circle with no food and a sister you’re trying to take care of and you find the time to get horned up over what you think are statues in a tourist attraction. What, what, what are you doing? Before I go on, I need to talk for a minute about how the characters talk. They don’t talk like actual humans. They seem to speak entirely in slang. Not even realistic slang. It seems like the kind of slang purposefully used to make the characters seem like “real young people” when the author has no idea what the current young people are actually like. There was so much poorly used slang that it made them sound like complete imbeciles who can’t form a fucking sentence. No one talks entirely in slang! I get that their constant banter containing nothing but slang is supposed to be humorous but it doesn’t work. It just makes me think these characters are literally the dumbest characters to ever walk the earth. Frankly, I was already considering a DNF right here after the first 11% of the novel. What was I going to do? Read about a couple of imbeciles who don’t have the good sense not to wander into an ice cave and get horned up over statues? I pushed onward with the utmost hope that this was just a shaky start to the book and it would surely get better. Spoiler alert: It didn’t. One thing leads to another and Knox breaks out of the ice and basically kidnaps Vale and absconds with her to his magic shack in the woods. By the way, apparently he has a magical fortress that updates itself automatically with technology and it’s been just sitting around for 1,300 years because somehow he had this technology in the year 700. I do realize how ridiculous that explanation was but it wasn’t much more coherent in the book. Every time something nonsensical happened there would be an equally nonsensical line to explain why that happened. It honestly felt like the author didn’t know what was going on either and was quite obviously making it up as she goes. That way she could keep putting in anything she wanted regardless of it making actual sense or not. It was like she took every idea she had and threw them all at the wall and everything stuck. There were so many stupid explanations for things that were already stupid that I lost count of them… Anyway, back to the story. Knox has kidnapped Vale and left her sister behind. Vale basically just gets dumber and dumber from here. She constantly finds herself attracted to Knox and has to keep reminding herself that he kidnapped her and she needs to find her sister. Mind you, he has done nothing to drug or alter her brain in any way. She’s literally so dumb that she keeps forgetting that she’s FUCKING KIDNAPPED! The sheer lack of any form of common sense on her part is honestly astounding. I didn’t think a character could be such an idiot that I genuinely thought they needed a helmet to protect the few brain cells she has left. And the kicker is she keeps talking like an imbecile who can’t form a sentence. This takes us to approximately 25% of the way in and I had to throw in the towel. I couldn’t go forward with any hope that the story was going to be salvageable. I don’t know how this could have gone so far off the rails that it became unsalvageable. I’ve pretty much read everything Showalter's ever written so I feel like it’s safe for me to say that I’ve been feeling more and more that the recent Showalter books have gone down hill considerably compared to her earlier works. Her early books in the Lords of the Underworld series or the Alien Huntress series were great. There’s just been a subtle shift in the recent years and that spark that I loved about the stories seems to be missing. Maybe it’s me as a reader who’s grown out of her writing? I don't know what the disconnect is. I’ll still read other books by Gena Showalter in the future but now I feel like I’m going in with hesitation. I doubt I will ever go back and finish this but maybe I’ll do a spite read someday.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    DNF I’m so sad :( I had high expectations for this one and even though I find it interesting I couldn’t feel connected a lot and it took me a lot to read the half and then I couldn’t continue! Hope the next is much better!     

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    There’s a new PNR series in town and it’s a hot one by Gena Showalter! If you’re like me and have been reading books when PNR was a hot topic, then you’ve probably noticed that good PNR series are rare these days. That was why I was very excited to see Gena Showalter coming out with a new PNR series. The concept of this series is unique. It has a bit of an IAD feel to it because it involves these war gods competing against each other. So you can expect a lot of alpha males and females duking it There’s a new PNR series in town and it’s a hot one by Gena Showalter! If you’re like me and have been reading books when PNR was a hot topic, then you’ve probably noticed that good PNR series are rare these days. That was why I was very excited to see Gena Showalter coming out with a new PNR series. The concept of this series is unique. It has a bit of an IAD feel to it because it involves these war gods competing against each other. So you can expect a lot of alpha males and females duking it out in a free for all. There’s a lot of trash talking, both within the competitors and actually even between the hero and heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed the hero and the paranormal aspect of this series. It brought back those feelings that I have missed dearly in the recent years. And I am hoping that the series continues to stick to the PNR route and become better. Showalter’s trademark humor is very much present within these pages. I like how much personality she brings to her characters, especially the heroine. However, I do think that it can be a double-edged sword at times. What makes these books so fun can also bog down the pacing and that was a little of the case here. But since I was just so excited about a new PNR series, I felt like I could excuse it. Keeping this in mind though, I wonder how my opinion will shift as the series goes on. If you’ve been on the lookout for a new PNR to sink your teeth into, Gena Showalter’s SHADOW AND ICE will certainly appeal to you. She’s got a great new bunch of heroes and heroines and I can’t wait to read about them all!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julia's Book Haven

    I absolutely loved this one!! It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited for a new series. I can’t wait for the next book. Highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a good PNR/Fantasy book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Shadow and Ice was a book I was SUPER stoked to read. After listening to an interview with Gena Showalter about this upcoming series, I just was really eager to grab this up. So I jumped over to B&N and bought this one in print. I did have this on my nightstand for quite a while before actually grabbing it up. I think I was really NERVOUS, because of how many mixed reviews of this book that there is out there and I just was not wanting This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Shadow and Ice was a book I was SUPER stoked to read. After listening to an interview with Gena Showalter about this upcoming series, I just was really eager to grab this up. So I jumped over to B&N and bought this one in print. I did have this on my nightstand for quite a while before actually grabbing it up. I think I was really NERVOUS, because of how many mixed reviews of this book that there is out there and I just was not wanting to hate a book that I bought in print. But seriously....why oh why did I wait so long to read this because I have three words: It KICKED ASS!! I had so much fun with this book, and I honestly knew that I would because this authors writing always works for me no matter how crazy her stories gets, her writing sucks me right into the story and doesn't let go. Shadow and Ice isn't an easy book though and its NOT for the faint of heart, and you have to know that its get really brutal and boy this author knows how to kill off people and not easily either. But from the first chapter, I was addicted to this new world that Showalter has created for us and even though it did take two days to read (it is close to 500 pages) so its not a small book, it was highly engaging and keeps your brain and body on the edge all the way through. I think you need to warned beforehand how intense this book can be because if I hadn't known beforehand I might have had a different opinion. But I know this author, and love her writing style. I was captivated by this pair and the world building and the teaser that leads us to the second book and man I want it NOW!! This story begins with our hero, who is a slave to his king and has to do his bidding. But he has been promised his freedom and the freedom of his people if he wins the third all war he has participated in. He has many tough exteriors, but deep down he has vulnerabilties including losing his daughter because of the all war. He is know at the third All War, which takes place on Terra (aka Earth) and is frozen in time and centuries have gone by. He is discovered by our delightful heroine. Vale and her sister Nola, are celebrating finishing college and accomplishing something no one ever thought that they would. Vale grew up on the streets, going from foster homes and surviving as best as she knew. She is tough and resilient but also loves fiercely. When they go exploring caves, and discover a man frozen in ice, she is drawn to this gorgeous male specimen and wants him in a sexual way even if he is frozen in ice. But then before she knows it, she is pulled into the all war and she and Knox join forces to defeat their enemies and even though she unknowingly becomes a participant, she doesn't know if she can trust Knox not to kill her but what she doesn't realize is that Knox is falling for her just as hard as she is falling for him and they will have to make a difficult choice and who will win and who will die? or will they have the HEA they deserve? This book is like Hunger Games but for adults. Now I have never read Hunger Games, but I have watched the movies and yeah you won't get me to read those books, I would rather have my teeth extracted. However, this book totally worked for me in many ways. It is heartbreaking though to see certain characters being killed though and seeing all these combatants who at the heart are good immortals, but they each have something to fight for and they are all enslaved to the whims of their masters. So it is heartbreaking at times to read this book because of seeing this horrible situation and seeing some of them FIGHT back against those that are enslaving them. “Yes. Me. I'm an immortal made for war, and killing is what I do. What I'm good at. I do not live by the same rules as other people, those who do not have to fight to retain their liberties, those who let others do the fighting for them, then scoff at the results." We see Knox and Vale go through some difficult challenges in this book and seeing them overcome what they face is epic in many ways. Their love story ISNT easy or light hearted and it will rock your core in good ways and bad ways. We see how much they care for each other before they become enemies, and seeing them try to overcome the circumstances to be together is truly what makes this book an incredible experience. There are so many emotional moments that are going to break your heart but you also see the strength these two have together and seeing them fight for each other and for a future full of love and peace is so worth all the pain. Their journey isn't an easy one but unforgettable in many ways. This book will be sticking with me for a long while and I just can't wait for book two because I have a feeling that book is going to be kick ass as well!! Overall I found Shadow and Ice to be packed with adventure, intensity, brutal at times and poignant in all the right moments.....A TREASURE TO DEVOUR!!  

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kübra Yağmur Aslanhan

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Somia

    This new series by Showalter has started overall wonderfully, I was absorbed from the get go, finding it very difficult to put the book down until I had finished. In this book we get some good worldbuilding by Showalter and secondary characters with interesting backstories – I can see each of them having their own book. This book is in some ways darker and bloodier than the authors previous work, but it overall works. Bad boy warrior/immortal Knox and sassy strong human Vale were well rounded cha This new series by Showalter has started overall wonderfully, I was absorbed from the get go, finding it very difficult to put the book down until I had finished. In this book we get some good worldbuilding by Showalter and secondary characters with interesting backstories – I can see each of them having their own book. This book is in some ways darker and bloodier than the authors previous work, but it overall works. Bad boy warrior/immortal Knox and sassy strong human Vale were well rounded characters. Both have massive emotional barriers up due to what they have individually gone through. Vale is definitely not a weak-willed heroine but adaptable, quick on her feet and a woman who never backs down. I do hope the Council as well as the Kings and Queens forcing these battles get what’s coming to them, particularly the toad King Ansel. I so enjoyed this book and at no time was I bored, but that being said I do think Showalter tried to cram in a fair bit here and the book may have been a tad richer with a little less, that being said this book will be staying permanently on my kindle.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Fierce, seductive, and savagely action packed! Shadow and Ice is a riveting, at times shocking tale that introduces us to Vale London and her sister, Nola, two young women stranded in the Arctic who inadvertently stumble upon warriors from the fight-until-death, All War battle who have been frozen for 1,400 years, until now. The prose is intense and intricate. The characters are unique, remorseless, and scarred. And the plot is an imaginative, compelling tale of supernatural abilities, magnificent Fierce, seductive, and savagely action packed! Shadow and Ice is a riveting, at times shocking tale that introduces us to Vale London and her sister, Nola, two young women stranded in the Arctic who inadvertently stumble upon warriors from the fight-until-death, All War battle who have been frozen for 1,400 years, until now. The prose is intense and intricate. The characters are unique, remorseless, and scarred. And the plot is an imaginative, compelling tale of supernatural abilities, magnificent weapons, sizzling chemistry, brutal violence, loyalty, humour, romance, and murder. I have to say Shadow and Ice is like taking Hunger Games, Marvel Super Heroes, Gladiator, and a slice of mythology and mixing them all together. It's an epic saga featuring lots of bloody battles, grit, determination, gore, sexual tension, heat, adventure, and fantastical elements that is without a doubt suspenseful, violent, steamy, and thoroughly entertaining. Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. There’s a new PNR series in town and it’s a hot one by Gena Showalter! If you’re like me and have been reading books when PNR was a hot topic, then you’ve probably noticed that good PNR series are rare these days. That was why I was very excited to see Gena Showalter coming out with a new PNR series. The concept of this series is unique. It has a I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. There’s a new PNR series in town and it’s a hot one by Gena Showalter! If you’re like me and have been reading books when PNR was a hot topic, then you’ve probably noticed that good PNR series are rare these days. That was why I was very excited to see Gena Showalter coming out with a new PNR series. The concept of this series is unique. It has a bit of an IAD feel to it because it involves these war gods competing against each other. So you can expect a lot of alpha males and females duking it out in a free for all. There’s a lot of trash talking, both within the competitors and actually even between the hero and heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed the hero and the paranormal aspect of this series. It brought back those feelings that I have missed dearly in the recent years. And I am hoping that the series continues to stick to the PNR route and become better. Showalter’s trademark humor is very much present within these pages. I like how much personality she brings to her characters, especially the heroine. However, I do think that it can be a double-edged sword at times. What makes these books so fun can also bog down the pacing and that was a little of the case here. But since I was just so excited about a new PNR series, I felt like I could excuse it. Keeping this in mind though, I wonder how my opinion will shift as the series goes on. If you’ve been on the lookout for a new PNR to sink your teeth into, Gena Showalter’s SHADOW AND ICE will certainly appeal to you. She’s got a great new bunch of heroes and heroines and I can’t wait to read about them all! *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Gallegos

    The publisher gave me this book in exchange for an honest review and I’m honestly going to use it for kindling in my fire this winter. Not joking. I never DNF a book this is a major DNF. Who the heck edited this? Why would you write this? It’s the worst book I’ve ever attempted to read. Let’s start with the prologue. It made ZERO sense. And when we talked about the planets(?) or lands(?) or whatever these guys came from, it was like the author literally just slammed down on the keyboard and was l The publisher gave me this book in exchange for an honest review and I’m honestly going to use it for kindling in my fire this winter. Not joking. I never DNF a book this is a major DNF. Who the heck edited this? Why would you write this? It’s the worst book I’ve ever attempted to read. Let’s start with the prologue. It made ZERO sense. And when we talked about the planets(?) or lands(?) or whatever these guys came from, it was like the author literally just slammed down on the keyboard and was like, “Yeah, that sounds made up enough to work. No one will question it.” Then I thought maybe the book itself would get better past the prologue. Nope. Big nope. Each sentence is like a major example of what writers should never do. How the heck do you have separate detailed mini plots that do not matter in every single sentence? Why did the publisher publish this? Do they not like readers?????

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reading In Pajamas

    ✦Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt: SHADOW AND ICE (Gods of War) by Gena Showalter https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-aV3 Publication Date: October 23, 2018 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 5 Stars I am so excited about this new series! I’m obsessed with Gena Showalter’s new world of immortals after devouring SHADOW AND ICE. I fell in love with Knox and was cheering for Val. Gena Showalter always creates such great female characters. I want stories for all the characters now. It ✦Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt: SHADOW AND ICE (Gods of War) by Gena Showalter https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-aV3 Publication Date: October 23, 2018 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 5 Stars I am so excited about this new series! I’m obsessed with Gena Showalter’s new world of immortals after devouring SHADOW AND ICE. I fell in love with Knox and was cheering for Val. Gena Showalter always creates such great female characters. I want stories for all the characters now. It’s a toss-up on who I want more. I want them and I want them now! I’m adding my Gods of War addiction to my LOTU addiction. Fans of Gena Showalter’s LOTU Series will enjoy this series but you do not need to read the series before you pick up this one. It’s a separate series. I highly recommend this new series for paranormal romance lovers. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~ Kindle http://amzn.to/2oJw52g | Amazon Paperback http://amzn.to/2oI1Ska LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD INFO: ✦PRE-ORDER: THE DARKEST CAPTIVE: A Lords of the Underworld Novella by Gena Showalter (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 12/04/18) ➢ Kindle $2.99 http://amzn.to/2CZOY5E ✿LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD SERIES BY GENA SHOWALTER✿ Amazon Series Link http://amzn.to/2yzQLQF ✦THE DARKEST FIRE (this is a bonus story and you don't have to read it to understand the series or the characters) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2yElhGz ✦THE DARKEST NIGHT - Maddox (Violence) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2iX58HF ✦THE DARKEST KISS - Lucien (Death) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gVyKSC ✦THE DARKEST PLEASURE - Reyes (Pain) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2yzrlCC ✦THE DARKEST PRISON (Novella) - Atlas and Nike (another bonus story) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2xccs5b ✦THE DARKEST WHISPER - Sabin (Doubt) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2xW3MUY ✦THE DARKEST ANGEL - Lysander and Bianka ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gXVBNz ✦INTO THE DARK - a compendium of The Darkest Fire and The Darkest Prison printed inside, plus the original The Darkest Facts ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2zseQFt ✦THE DARKEST PASSION - Aeron (Wrath) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2yyIGLW ✦THE DARKEST LIE - Gideon (Lies) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2xcwA7l ✦THE DARKEST SECRET - Amun (Secrets) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gWHcRr ✦THE DARKEST SURRENDER - Strider (Defeat) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gWhCw4 ✦THE DARKEST SEDUCTION - Paris (Promiscuity) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2gWstpW ✦THE DARKEST CRAVING - Kane (Disaster) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/2xcNl2a ✦THE DARKEST TOUCH - Torin (Disease) ➢ Review 5 Stars http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1Fm | Kindle http://amzn.to/2zqzWnO ✦THE DARKEST TORMENT - Baden (Distrust) ➢ Review 5 Stars http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-759 | Kindle http://amzn.to/2lH2Mxp ✦THE DARKEST PROMISE - Cameo (Misery) ➢ Review 5 Stars http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-90y | Kindle http://amzn.to/2rymHCb ✦THE DARKEST WARRIOR - Puck & Gillian ➢ Review 5 Stars https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-aMP | Kindle http://amzn.to/2BQXRz8 ✦THE DARKEST CAPTIVE (1001 Dark Nights Novella) - Galen & Legion (Releasing 12/04/18) ➢ Kindle $2.99 http://amzn.to/2CZOY5E #GodsOfWar #ShadowAndIce

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beneath The Covers Blog

    Full review can be found HERE --> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... *ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Audet

    It's been quite a while since I read a Gena Showalter book and even longer that I have dipped back into the paranormal genre. When I first heard about Shadow and Ice I was completely intrigued, especially knowing this was a start of a new series. Such a unique storyline with immortal beings, an all out bloody war to the death, and a love so wrong you know it's just right. When new realms are discovered a warrior is chosen to fight in the All War to win that land for their own people to rule. Shad It's been quite a while since I read a Gena Showalter book and even longer that I have dipped back into the paranormal genre. When I first heard about Shadow and Ice I was completely intrigued, especially knowing this was a start of a new series. Such a unique storyline with immortal beings, an all out bloody war to the death, and a love so wrong you know it's just right. When new realms are discovered a warrior is chosen to fight in the All War to win that land for their own people to rule. Shadow and Ice starts right off in the middle of the war for Terra aka Earth. Each month is a check in where all the warriors left fighting gather together for a reprieve while the High Council, who oversees the wars, learn of the progress and what will happen moving forward. This particular meeting goes wrong quickly when natives invade on the warriors and trap everyone in ice, thus halting the war and keeping peace on Earth. Fast forwarding centuries brings about the real start to the story. Two sisters who have been on a vacation are now lost in the mountains with no way of surviving their predicament. As luck would have it a cave appears but a place to sleep isn't all the cave holds. Warriors trapped in ice are discovered until one by one they escape their prisons. One in particular, Knox, takes a liking to the girl, Vale, and makes a decision to help her and bring her to safety. Which in turn brings the separation of the two sisters and with Vale being the protector of them, she makes a deal with Knox to help bring Nola back from her own captor. I love how Shadow and Ice is written in a way that the story can progress and you learn new things along the way without having information overload. Even though Knox has technically captured Vale, for multiple reasons, he is pretty forthcoming about himself and the war that still rages on. Knox himself was exactly the type of character I love to read about. A broody bad boy who stops at nothing to get what he wants. Vale too I absolutely loved, she overcame anything thrown her way and never lost her edginess and wits. These two could be at each other's throats one minute and joking around the next, their banter was absolutely perfect and so entertaining. Everything about Shadow and Ice I loved, from start to finish I was completely hooked. Gena Showalter brings out all the punches with this new but modern world and all the different players in this death game. Multiple times the storyline took a twist that had my jaw dropping and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to learn of the outcomes. The ending was a big shock on its own and I'm eager to see how it will lead into the next book of the series. Whether your a fan of paranormal, action, or just looking for something different, I very highly recommend picking up Shadow and Ice when it's released.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    I loveeeeeed Shadow and Ice as it was an amazing start to the Gods of War series. I don't even know how to describe it other than being an epic story filled with romance, adventure and adrenaline rushes galore. Think the Hunger Games but so much better. I loved Knox and Vale as they were sexy, strong and fantastic together. I loved their chemistry and how they were strong and independent on their own but together formed an amazing partnership. Without giving away any spoilers, Valerina "Vale" Lo I loveeeeeed Shadow and Ice as it was an amazing start to the Gods of War series. I don't even know how to describe it other than being an epic story filled with romance, adventure and adrenaline rushes galore. Think the Hunger Games but so much better. I loved Knox and Vale as they were sexy, strong and fantastic together. I loved their chemistry and how they were strong and independent on their own but together formed an amazing partnership. Without giving away any spoilers, Valerina "Vale" London by chance comes across Knox of Iviland and a large group of combatants in an All War and unknowingly becomes a player in this high-stakes game of kill or be killed where there can only be one winner. But what happens when Knox and Vale as fellow competitors grow closer and form a connection. This story was outstanding. The world building was extensive but something to be expected in a first book of a new series. I loved how Vale was a gamechanger for Knox as she roused all these foreign emotions he learned to turn off after countless years fighting in the All Wars. She was a new beginning for him. Likewise I loved how Knox was able to see the real Vale and helped combat her insecurities. All in all this was a great start to the series and I look forward to reading Bane and Nola's book! Bravo! 4 stars! ~Ratula

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    2.5 stars I really enjoyed Gena Showalter's YA White Rabbit Chronicles series but it's been a long time since I've read any of her adult books. As a HUGE paranormal romance fan I had high expectations for Shadow and Ice though and was really looking forward to starting this new series. I hate to say it but unfortunately I ended up feeling a little disappointed, this wasn't the worst series opener I've ever read but it definitely didn't wow me and to be honest I'm not sure if I have any interest i 2.5 stars I really enjoyed Gena Showalter's YA White Rabbit Chronicles series but it's been a long time since I've read any of her adult books. As a HUGE paranormal romance fan I had high expectations for Shadow and Ice though and was really looking forward to starting this new series. I hate to say it but unfortunately I ended up feeling a little disappointed, this wasn't the worst series opener I've ever read but it definitely didn't wow me and to be honest I'm not sure if I have any interest in reading the next book. Shadow and Ice had so much potential, Gena Showalter has created a universe full of different realms all populated by different types of immortals. Each time a new realm is discovered a new All War is begun where one warrior from each realm is selected to battle to the death for the right to control the new world. The warriors are usually slaves who didn't choose to join the war but unless they win they die so they're all very serious about taking that winning spot. The latest All War is being fought over control of Earth as we know it, humanity isn't aware that this battle is going on and any humans who get caught in the crossfire are collateral damage and not to be worried about. For Knox this is the fourth All War he has fought in, he won the previous three and has been promised freedom from his slave bonds if he wins this one too. For centuries Knox has longed for freedom so that he can take revenge on the king who imprisoned him and he's not going to let anything get in the way of achieving his goal. Imprisoned in ice for hundreds of years along with nearly all of the other All War participants Knox has been trying to break free to continue the battle for his life. Vale is a human who is on holiday with her sister before they settle down and start their own business. When they end up separated from their guide and alone in an arctic wilderness they find shelter in a cave and are shocked to discover frozen statues of warriors trapped in the ice. They are even more shocked when those warriors suddenly come to life and start battling against each other. Vale ends up being kidnapped by Knox who wants to get information from her about how much the world has changed while he was imprisoned but all she really wants to do is find her way back to her sister and get them both to safety. This series sounded a bit like it was going to be an adult version of the hunger games with immortal warriors battling it out for supremacy so I was really excited to see how it would go. I honestly expected to devour this book but it actually ended up being quite a slow read and a bit of a slog to get through. I think some of the problems came from poor world building, I had a lot of questions about things and there were a lot of things that never became clear even by the end of the book. We are also introduced to a ridiculously large cast of characters and I had trouble keeping track of who was who and what weapons and special abilities they all had. The battles were quite hard to follow and the fact that you know most of these characters are going to die made it hard to stay invested in the outcome of the story. I also found it really difficult to get on board with the romance between Knox and Vale. Knox kidnaps her and even when she tells him her sister will die if Vale can't get her the medicine she needs he has no intention of helping either of them. Rather than being angry and hating him for that Vale spends all her time panting after him like a dog on heat. I mean really, someone kidnaps you and doesn't care that your sister is going to die and within five minutes all you're really thinking about is how hot your kidnapper is? Does that sound realistic? Overall I found Vale irritating and a lot of the things coming out of her mouth were so juvenile that even my 14 year old nephew wouldn't be caught dead saying them (for example: "Because foxy Knoxie deserves a party with his doxy" - seriously I couldn't make this crap up!). It was like she was trying too hard to be cool and just came across like an idiot. Knox wasn't much better but at least his character had changed and grown by the end of the book. I'm so disappointed that that GORGEOUS cover was wasted on a hero I can't drool over though! The only reason I'm even slightly interested in reading the next book is that it's going to be about Nola and Bane who both came across as more interesting than Vale and Knox even though they had far less page time. I just don't know if that is enough to persuade me to try it though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... I totally love Gena Showalter's writing so when I saw that she was starting a new series I knew I had to jump on it. How could I not try a book where the men and women from different worlds fighting a war in our world! Doesn't it sound like a great idea? I thought so which is why I had to read it. The story starts out very well. You find yourself wanting to know more and more. Who are these people and why are they d Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... I totally love Gena Showalter's writing so when I saw that she was starting a new series I knew I had to jump on it. How could I not try a book where the men and women from different worlds fighting a war in our world! Doesn't it sound like a great idea? I thought so which is why I had to read it. The story starts out very well. You find yourself wanting to know more and more. Who are these people and why are they doing what they are doing? So many questions. I just couldn't wait to get into it and find out the answers to my questions. Right away I liked the characters. Showalter has a talent for writing great guys. Ones you want to know more about. Knox is so battle hardened that you have trouble at first thinking of him as a hero. Yes, you know right away that he loved his daughter but that's all you get from him. It's as he gets to know Vale that you see who he really is. I really liked these two together. The one liners they gave each other cracked me up at times. They worked even when they didn't know it. As a whole the story isn't a bad one. It does suffer a bit from first book in a new series syndrome. At times you feel information is coming at you from everywhere and you can become slightly confused. Not that we know all the players the next in the series should be much easier to read. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader ARC received for a honest review

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Forward

    This is the first in Gena Showalter’s Gods of War series. It has given me hope for a resurgence of paranormal romance. The world, although complex especially at first, is innovative and unique. Immortal warriors (and maybe a token human) compete in an “All War” to win for their dimension ruler (who in exchange for them winning in a Hunger Games-style scenario with only one winner who kills everyone else will release the winner’s family...and if they lose said family dies). This complexity necess This is the first in Gena Showalter’s Gods of War series. It has given me hope for a resurgence of paranormal romance. The world, although complex especially at first, is innovative and unique. Immortal warriors (and maybe a token human) compete in an “All War” to win for their dimension ruler (who in exchange for them winning in a Hunger Games-style scenario with only one winner who kills everyone else will release the winner’s family...and if they lose said family dies). This complexity necessitated so so much description in the first chapters. It took a few chapters to catch on and get the hang of this world. Although, just when I thought I understood, the rules would subtly shift. If you persevere there’s enough gore, fighting, power struggles, steamy sexy times and egos to keep the story hopping. If you’re not into explicit gory details of fights, then this isn’t the one for you. I found the author’s descriptions of such scenes masterful and much like a train wreck you don’t want to watch but can seem to stop staring. Then the characters...Knox and Vale. Each interesting with characterizations that were rich but sometimes conflicting in goals and objectives. When they first met I felt her being into him—like almost crazy into him even though she didn’t want to be. Yet, we didn’t get any information he had enthrallment magic. So, I tried to figure out why she would be so needy for this guy after he abducts her to his alternate dimension secret hidey-hole after a bloody, terrifying battle (not even abducted to “save” her but because he thinks he can use her for something). And, she was upset that her sister had been taken by a different warrior. Yet, she was almost instantly miss hot-to-get-naked with him. That had moments that came off awkward, although the heat between the characters literally steams off the page. Knox seemed to toy with her crush on him at first, but didn't seem that into her (his interest did develop which was necessary to the story but not right away). Now, Vale wasn’t a pushover and that I adored about the character. She’s mouthy and sometimes badass. We do learn to understand how Knox became consciously isolated and hard after centuries of battles. Interesting and fascinating start to a new series. I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Annie

    This one wavered anywhere from not quite a three to a low four. There were things I really liked and others I just didn't. I was going to put it on my Cotton Candy Reads Shelf for the sheer PNR-goodness factor, but there's so much going on in this book I don't think it's fair to describe it as "light and fluffy". I simply LOVED the concept, but it was some of the stylistic choices that didn't work for me. Specifically, the heroine's voice. At first I thought her internal narrative tics were a bit This one wavered anywhere from not quite a three to a low four. There were things I really liked and others I just didn't. I was going to put it on my Cotton Candy Reads Shelf for the sheer PNR-goodness factor, but there's so much going on in this book I don't think it's fair to describe it as "light and fluffy". I simply LOVED the concept, but it was some of the stylistic choices that didn't work for me. Specifically, the heroine's voice. At first I thought her internal narrative tics were a bit over the top because she was hypothermic, but nope. It was just her. I found it to be too...silly? One thought I marked early on was her thinking: "Each guy could star in a porno. Not that she ever watched those, cough, cough." It's more of a casual style than I prefer, is all. But I can totally see that being something that draws a different reader right in. And the heroine's train of thought and dialog might strike someone else as fun "snarkiness" instead of silliness and they'd be here for it. (I can be a boring reader, I know. :/ ) There were some other things, but instead of continuing to nitpick, here's what I really enjoyed: Is this Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Romance, or Fantasy Romance? It utilizes aspects of each, and I dug it! The story of how the heroine discovers the hero and is thrust into everything head first is totally original and a lot of fun. There's a scene where the hero finally allows himself to be completely vulnerable, and it is very, very sexy. Shadow and Ice really found its stride after about page 300 and trust me, there are TONS of interesting characters to keep this series going, lol. And since we didn't even get the tiniest peek into a POV other than the MC's, I'm interested to learn more about the surviving combatants of the All War for Terra. Book obtained through a Goodreads Giveaway

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    3.75 - 5 // A R C Let’s start out saying the ARC I received was terrible, it looked like an ePub or pdf file. The text and layout was very distracting. This is my first Gena Showalter book. I was really excited about reading her work she comes highly recommended by a lot of my friends who are into the PNR genre like myself. I enjoyed the world building and action scenes. This is truly an adult PNR and I thank Ms. Showalter for this story. A lot happens in this book, there’s an All War that has be 3.75 - 5 // A R C Let’s start out saying the ARC I received was terrible, it looked like an ePub or pdf file. The text and layout was very distracting. This is my first Gena Showalter book. I was really excited about reading her work she comes highly recommended by a lot of my friends who are into the PNR genre like myself. I enjoyed the world building and action scenes. This is truly an adult PNR and I thank Ms. Showalter for this story. A lot happens in this book, there’s an All War that has been going on for ages. The details about the reasons, while explained in the book, are somewhat hazy. I lay this at the feet of having a ridiculous amount of characters to try and keep up with throughout the story, so important stuff is lost in the text. There’s a lot of rulers that want to occupy as many realms as they can so they have slaves that fight the wars for them. Whomever’s victor wins that ruler occupies the new realm. It’s important to note that all the participants have special weapons or powers and they are motivated to win because if they don’t not only do they die but their entire family and whoever else is close to them dies as well. Also, there can be only ONE winner. Knox, our hero, is a slave. He’s powerful, alpha, sexy, a warrior and winner of four All Wars. Vale, a human woman and our heroine (sigh, not in a good way), was hiking with her sister, Nola [i can’t remember where that’s how memorable it is, I remember it’s icy and frozen]. They lose their guide and somehow stumble upon Knox and his fellow combatants which are frozen. Yep the ice breaks apart and Knox and Vale meet. They are instantly drawn to each other but this isn’t insta-love. This reads enemies to lovers * slow ass burn * So Vale becomes part of the All-War because she kills a participant so she takes her place and fights for earth. There’s not an enormous amount of dialogue, it’s there but it’s mostly narration from Knox or Vale. The dialogue that’s there is them bickering and lusting for one another. They spend a majority of the book ultra angsty and constantly talking about not wanting to kill the other and it gets boring. Knox is great, his character grows immensely emotionally. Vale is troublesome. I wanted to like her but she came across as a horny female that constantly wanted in Knox’s pants and challenged an ancient warrior on combat and winning a war that he’s clearly achieved four times. Toward the end of the book they have a falling out. She basically says she wants nothing to do with him and won’t take him back but then the next page she’s telling him to undress and have sex with her. I didn’t like it at all. The end of the book is a cliffhanger, Knox has been castrated (figuratively) by the author and Vale is just Vale. And we know book two is Bane and Nola’s book. This book ended up reading like an adult Hunger Games meets Lord of the Rings with sex, and no where near as good. Do I recommend this book? If you are a Showalter fan, sure. Will I read book 2? Yes, I want to know more about Bane and Zion. I received this ARC from NetGalley for a honest review. I will say I didn’t request it I was just blessed.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books* Ah, how great is to combine a far deadlier Hunger Games-style war and immortals! And worlds beyond your imagination which are not exactly sci-fi but not completely Paranormal either! Vale and her sister, N0la are snow-stranded in the wilderness and they find shelter in a cave where they find their way into a long-standing war. The All-War. From there both sisters become entangled with batt I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books* Ah, how great is to combine a far deadlier Hunger Games-style war and immortals! And worlds beyond your imagination which are not exactly sci-fi but not completely Paranormal either! Vale and her sister, N0la are snow-stranded in the wilderness and they find shelter in a cave where they find their way into a long-standing war. The All-War. From there both sisters become entangled with battles, immortals who are hell-bent into destroying each other in order to win for their rulers. And as Vale partners with Knox in order both to fight together, save Vale's sister and discover what powers Vale has, everything will become even more complicated. What I loved on this book was the pure action. It felt like a movie you couldn't stop watching as everyone fought with every imaginable weapon! Knox was an amazing fighter as also Vale despite her need to train. At the same time, I also enjoyed the refreshing plot and the vast possibilities of how this series can evolve. I kept counting in my mind how many books there might be here and the number even went up to 20. Also, the heated level of swoon-ness here is scorching. While I still have my qualms into how Knox and Vale came to become a couple, and also how both became idiotic over each other (thus the missing star), I enjoyed their banter and the way they slowly opened up to each other. Knox's background story was tragic too. One last part I am anxiously waiting over will surely be the second book where Bane, Zion and Nola will be featured. And while Zion has a brotherly role in the book, he may be hiding more than he shows.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    As a reader, I adore fantasy books and I adore romance books. But I find that I struggle to find a blend of the two that really satisfies me. I've tried to read Gena Showalter in the past because a close friend really loves her writing. I picked up and quickly put down both The Darkest Touch and The Darkest Torment. When a copy of Shadow and Ice found its way into my hands, I figured it was about time I gave Showalter a proper chance. Shadow and Ice is the first book in the Gods of War series. Va As a reader, I adore fantasy books and I adore romance books. But I find that I struggle to find a blend of the two that really satisfies me. I've tried to read Gena Showalter in the past because a close friend really loves her writing. I picked up and quickly put down both The Darkest Touch and The Darkest Torment. When a copy of Shadow and Ice found its way into my hands, I figured it was about time I gave Showalter a proper chance. Shadow and Ice is the first book in the Gods of War series. Vale London and her sister Nola are hiking through the icy wilderness when they accidentally stumble upon a group of supernatural warriors and are swept up in their war. Vale is rescued from a deadly battle by Knox of Iviland, and separated from her sister. My feelings about the book can essentially be described with a shrug. I never really found myself swept up in the action or the romance. I didn't feel strongly about either of the leads—I'm all for a bad boy but I dislike the "I only care about my SO" trope and he feel deep into that. There's also a lot of info dumping. I will say that this book felt similar to the other two Showalter books that I began, so fans may enjoy it. I would like to try a different series of hers to see if this book was just a dud for me personally. One of the aspects of this book that I did like was our brief glimpse of Nola (Vale's sister), and since she's the protagonist of the second book I might check it out.

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