Temple of Ice by Christian Cura | ARC review

This review is spoiler-free!

Temple of Ice by Christian CuraTitle: Temple of Ice
Series: standalone
Author: Christian Cura
Anticipated release: May 17, 2021
Publisher: self-published
Category: YA/new adult
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 212
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
Goodreads page

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Meet Tama, an adept winter mage of Khione, a beautiful, dangerous land. Bloodthirsty monsters roam the frozen wilderness, and the unforgiving elements are a constant. Tama and her friends—Kachina and Masou—are on the cusp of completing their education at the temple where they have trained for the past four years. They need only to do one more thing: earn the Goddess Tira’s final anointing. But to do that, they must fight through hordes of corrupted creatures and endure the perplexing obstacles within Mount Orodani.

The road before them is long and bloody, and Tira’s evil sister, Malsumi, won’t stop sending her minions until she is strong enough to break free of her prison. Tama fights valiantly to defend herself and her people from these twisted monsters. But she will soon discover the real threat is much closer than she initially thought…

[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]

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Disclaimer: I was given a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

What drew me to this book was that there is element bending in Khione. The people of Khione are able to manipulate water and air, and utilize their abilities to protect/fight, heal, and create art. It’s very clear from the beginning that this story is inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender. The style of bending in this book seems very reminiscent of the bendings in that show.

While this book is categorized as young adult, I would push it towards the new adult genre because of the explicit romantic scene and violent themes.

One thing that isn’t mentioned in the blurb is that there are LGBTQ+ characters within this story. I liked how the author created a world where being queer was seen as normal as being heterosexual.

Also, this book is a short read, so the story was very fast paced. There was never too much time between action scenes, and there was constant commotion.

All that being said, I found the characters to be a bit one dimensional. There wasn’t a lot of substance to them, in my opinion. I also wished that the the trio’s spirit animals had more of a role in the story. I felt like after the first encounter they didn’t have a lot of significance until the end.

One thing I really appreciated was the glossary at the end of the book. There were words from a fictional language, so it was nice to refer back to it every once in a while when I forgot what I word meant.

If you like A:TLA, this book might hit you in the nostalgia feels. If you’re looking for a short read with an interesting world and a lot of action, this story might be for you!


✅ short, fast paced
✅ LGBTQ+ representation
➖ inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender
❌ characters felt one note

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I give Temple of Ice 3.5 out of 5 stars!

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Stay awkward and amazing!

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