Shadow and ice is the first book in the brand new series Gods of War by Gena Showalter.
So when I heard the first rumblings and mentions of a new series by Gena I was like okay I’m in. But when it was announced that the series was called Gods of War and the premise of the series I was like 🤯. I thought okay this totally a perfect fit into Gena’s world. Especially with her hit series Lords of the Underworld and the spin off series Angels of the Dark.
But make no mistake the Gods of War series is completely separate from The Lords of the Underworld universe. At least those are the plans for now and the foreseeable future.
Opening the page and starting to read you better have a helmet on because this book starts about as fast paced as you can get. Gena gives you 99% of the background and world building you need within the first 50 pages. Usually when an author introduces a new series, especially of a non realistic kind, they have to do some world building. Gives the readers a better understanding of some of the choices that the characters are going to make due to this world they live in. Most authors will give this to readers in spurts all through the book. Often times the first book is nothing but world building with some action thrown in to set up the rest of series.
Gena though is a different story. Like I said within the first 50 pages you get 99% of the background and world building you need. But all the while a crap ton of action happens. You would think it would be too much. That as a reader you would get confused or lost in what was happening. NOT SO! Gena masterfully balances giving you all the details that you need while keeping the story action packed, intense, heatstroke inducing ( I call dibs on Knox because Kresley Cole can’t have dibs on all of Gena’s characters!)
Here’s the official snyposis of the book.
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.
With it being an all out war and combatants constantly killing each other how will there ever be enough books for the series to continue you ask? Well Gena Addresses this a little over half way through the book. If your Combatants can’t be reached for over a millennia what does one do but start a new All War and of that doesn’t work than try try again!
One thing that was noticeably different with this series compared to Gena’s others, is that she makes you feel for the people who have died. Pretty early on into the book there’s a death that made me not like Knox for a little bit. There’s a couple others that Gena cleverly lets us see their memories and let’s the readers see the core of who these combatants were.
Like many of other Showalter books, Shadow and Ice had an overwhelming theme. No matter the circumstances whether they be small or extreme in nature do not bend in who you are.
All this seriousness and I can’t forget to mention that the book does have tons of humorous moments that are unique to Gena.
Here’s a couple that I personally chose:
“Good. I’m glad.” She wiped her eyes and nose-on his shirt. “They deserved —“
“You used me as a handkerchief?”
She blinked at him all innocence. “Excuse me for being super high maintenance and needing tissues you don’t have.”
“From now on,” she said, “Khal Drogo London is a taboo topic, because anytime you mention him, you don your murder face. Why don’t you answer more of my questions instead. What happens if a realm doesn’t want to participate in a war?”
Khal drogo london. Hate him.
While Shadow and Ice is a unique and compelling Gena Showalter original, I couldn’t help but get a reminiscent vibe of The Hunger Games and Immortals After Dark.
All in all Shadow and Ice gave readers a new thrilling adventure that will captivate them for many years to come.
Go click the links and buy it people!