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Book: Shattered Reflection
Author: Madisyn Carlin
Genre: New Adult Christian Fantasy / Fairytale Retelling
Release date: December 21, 2022
Can hope be found for four shattered souls?
Princess Nordica Icerri’s crown will be purchased with blood—her blood. Now the sole heir to the throne, she is determined to be the queen the Snowlands deserve, but that comes with a price: a numbed heart and soul. Only when she meets kidnapped physician Loren Alocer does Nordica allow herself to hope she can become queen without completely losing herself. But not everyone wants what’s best for the Snowlands, and Nordica’s upcoming rule is compromised at every turn. Can the criminal physician—and his faith—thaw Nordica’s heart, or is she destined to be the heartless queen she is being forced to become?
War shattered not only Breac Finson’s heart, but his faith as well. Tired of fighting, Breac only wants to be left alone, but his efforts are for naught when a friend calls in a favor. He soon finds himself in an unexpected alliance with Layree Alocer, a woman determined to find her wrongfully-kidnapped brother at all costs. Can a broken soldier help right a wrong—and find his faith again in the process?
Sides must be chosen and loyalties will be tested as a new war approaches. Can broken lives be mended in time to help save the Snowlands, or is evil already too deeply embedded?
Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.
What comes to your mind when you think about fairytale retellings? Is it Disney’s 1950 retelling of Cinderella? Glittery swirls of magic? Talking animals? Pretty gowns? Or, perhaps, frying pans or a sassy dragon?
My interest regarding fairytales was first piqued when I was young. Though I was only three, I distinctly remember riding in the car and flipping through the three-story fairytale collection my mom just purchased for me. I couldn’t read, but the bright colors and abundance of animals entranced me. Now I not only read fairytales, I write retellings of them.
Why, though? Aren’t fairytales just fun stories that sometimes impart a lesson?
No. Fairytales are much more than that. The majority of fairytales contain deep, important lessons the authors or culture of that time wanted their readers and listeners to learn from. Fairytales offer encouragement, hope, and include gentle reminders about doing the right thing even when we don’t want to.
Take, for instance, The Snow Queen, which is the fairytale I modeled Shattered Reflection after. In The Snow Queen, the forefront themes are loyalty and perseverance. No matter what trials the female protagonist endures, she pushes on with the mindset that rescuing her best friend is worth the effort and pain.
Aside from being rich in wry humor, breathtaking scenic descriptions and worldbuilding, and interesting characters, The Snow Queen contains faith and reminds readers that our ultimate source of strength is God—not ourselves.
This is what I wanted to emulate in Shattered Reflection. This story—with its broken characters, tattered kingdoms, and insidious antagonists—contains plenty of faith amidst pain, questions, and wounded hearts. I wanted to illustrate that, no matter what we’re going through, God is in control and nothing and no one ever slips from His grasp.
What is Shattered Reflection?
Title: Shattered Reflection Series: The Shattered Lands | Book One Genre: NA Christian Fantasy Subgenre: Fairytale retelling (The Snow Queen) POVS: 5 Ages: Appropriate for ages 15+ due to non-graphic violence Core Themes: Salvation, Loyalty, and Forgiveness
Shattered Reflection is a Christian fairytale retelling which incorporates heavy faith elements, numerous action scenes, clean romance, and plenty of evil villains.
Content Warning: SR1 contains heavy topics, although none are described in a gratuitous and gory manner. There is also a lot of violence, so I do not recommend this book for anyone younger than fifteen. If you are older than fifteen and are easily bothered by such content, then this probably is not the book for you.
I love that this is a fairy tale retelling with an emphasis on faith throughout the book. I loved the description the author uses to make us feel icy cold as we join the characters on the adventure. I did look up what the story is based on and found that it was close to the original story in details. The cover of the book is breathtaking and I applaud whoever designed it.
This adventure includes several characters who are trying to do the right thing and rely on their faith when faced with danger. I love the bond between brother and sister who are Layree and Loren. Layree is very determined to rescue her brother and I liked how she was strong willed and never backed down. She has to trust someone she has never done before but working with this person may help her get her brother back.
There are some harsh scenes when Loren faces the cruelty from the people who kidnapped him. When he witnessed the slaves hard at work and the threat of death if they didn’t do well was a little too much for Loren to take in. As he and Nordica meet they soon form a bond. I can’t imagine the evil power that Nodica’s aunt and uncle display as they are hungry for more. I enjoyed how Loren was able to continue in his faith and believed that he would be able to help Nordica and also hopefully see his sister again.
There are quite a few characters in the book that at times did keep me hopping. The author does a marvelous job of having the characters interact with each other either through danger, pride or standing on faith. There is one character that captured my heart and I embraced their bravery. Who is that character? Well I will leave it to readers to see if they can guess who it is. The story provides great entertainment with a good vs evil theme and plenty of action along with emotions that enhance the adventure.
I received a copy of this book from Cerebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.