I liked Ice Massacre, so getting Ice Crypt was a no-brainer when I saw it on NetGalley. Like its predecessor, Ice Crypt is a fairy tale in the style of the Brothers Grimm.
The Good: The violence I noted in the first book, Ice Massacre, is noticeably absent from Ice Crypt. Also, I complained about Meela’s lack of agency in my review of Ice Massacre. It’s good to see Meela have an active role in this new story. I felt more comfortable with the characters, and I felt the frustration they all felt. Dani’s over-the-top villainy from the first book has been toned down in this second book. Just like Ice Massacre, Ice Crypt is a thrilling read. I stayed up late on my third night of reading so I could finish it early.
The Bad: Remember the missing violence I mentioned? That’s also a bad thing. Ice Crypt lacks a certain grittiness that was in Ice Massacre. Book one had an edge-of-your-seat non-stop action that kept pushing you and pushing you to read more. Book two has a slower pace, and with the alternating points of view, the action in the non-Meela POV kept getting interrupted. I found myself groaning each time one of those chapters ended because I would have to get through Meela’s story to get back to the action. I listed this in the ‘bad’ section, but I totally grok why the author did this, and as a writer, I can appreciate it.
The Beautiful: A far as storytelling goes, Ice Crypt is far superior to Ice Massacre. The chapters are just the right length, and the two separate storylines are woven together wonderfully. All the characters that we get to know are written well. I could easily see this book as an episodic television series. While the alternating POV is nothing new, it seems to stand out in this book, and it makes a great read.
The Final Word: I rated Ice Massacre four stars, and the only ting preventing Ice Crypt from five stars is that it didn’t break my brain. There were some solid twists which make for great reading, but I wasn’t wowed by Ice Crypt like I was in Ice Massacre. I still think Ice Crypt is a better book than Ice Massacre, but you really need to read them both. Four and a half stars is my rating for Ice Crypt, and I dread the wait for the third book.