Now that I’ve read the first prequel, (It’s Before The Snow. You can find it in my “review” page) I sorta anticipated the general plot line :P
Name: Queen Rising
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Blurb from Goodreads
Enter a world of elemental magic, forbidden romance, and betrayal in this prequel to New York Times bestselling author Danielle Paige’s upcoming Stealing Snow.
Margot grew up as an apprentice to the witches Nepenthe and Ora, but she doesn’t possess the incredible magic that they have. So when the old Snow King asked her to kidnap Ora, she obeyed his command, hiding her true motives from the witches. Though the witches could kill Margot for her betrayal, they showed her mercy–and without her old friends at her side, she must find her own way.
Leaving the world she knows behind, Margot decides to put her affinity for thieving to use by embracing the Robber trade. But she is set for a much greater fate. . . and more of the prophecy foretelling Algid’s future will be revealed. Along the way, Margot must find her way from being a magic-less apprentice to be becoming a queen in her own right.
And Margot’s role in the prophecy is only just beginning. . . In the future, she is destined to cross paths with a girl named Snow, who will have the power to change Algid forever-for better, or for worse.
(e)Book Cover Comments
You know I imagined Margot as a girl with a purple theme color, so that font color is ON-POINT. Also, that icicle crown? Totally what we’re looking for.
The Actual Review
So after Before the Snow, a.k.a. the first prequel to Danielle Paige’s upcoming novel Stealing Snow, I knew I had to read this book, where it kicks off from the story of Margot, the apprentice witch under the Witch of the Woods.
I thought it was really interesting, because Margot has a huge role in the prophecy (read the ebook and you’ll know what exactly it is), therefore I really love the idea of Danielle kicking off Stealing Snow by introducing two important characters in the prophecy, as well as having both of their paths entwine, and told from different perspectives, to understand how this came into being in Prequel #1, with Prequel #2 backing up some plot points in #1.
So how things work in this prequel is somewhat similar to the previous one, and I was like: wait I think this is going to happen. Is it just me? No? No? Anyone? But I thought it is because of the similar ending that Nepenthe (River Witch II) and Margot has, it will be what brings them together in Stealing Snow. That’s just my theory anyway.
Danielle also puts in tons of meaningful and deep quotes in this book, I highlighted quite a number of them. At many points during the book I was like “nooooooo” or “aghuuhhhhh” in my mind, because of sad things and deep quotes. Some of these quotes are really inspiring and beautiful, something that I can take in as part of my “Lesson of Life”.
So other than being with the themes and concepts of elemental magic, Danielle also believes that humans have that spark of magic in them, therefore the Witch of the Woods bad Margot be her apprentice. This also reminds me of how in this book, Danielle reveals true natures and thoughts of other people, and that people are always wearing masks, and that no one is that predictable.
Adding onto the previous paragraph, the developing and breaking relationships were also very significant in terms of how Margot was later shaped, which was a cool and sad ending at the same time, as well as the fact of Margot going through the events in her life changes how she acts and thinks, as well as exposing the evil and selfish side of human nature.
Enter a World of magic entwined with relationships, human nature, and the Robber Queen Rising.