Miryem is the daughter of a money lender who doesn’t know how to collect the payments. One day she decides to take over the business very efficiently, with cold blood, achieving a better life and becoming kind of famous in her town and in surrounding towns. Even a Staryk, a winter magical being, shows interest in her ability to “turn silver into gold” but the Staryk are feared by common people and it’s better to avoid them.
Irina is the daughter of a cunning Duke. She’s not graceful nor beautiful and she’s in age of getting married as well as the strange Zar Mirnatius. Thanks to a necklace, ring and crown made of Staryk silver that Miryem has to turn into gold and that the Duke buys, Irina becomes impressive before everyone’s eyes. It seems that even Zar Mirnatius is attracted by her but behind this attraction may be something dark that could put her and everyone in danger.
At last but not least, Wanda is the daughter of an evil man. She begins to work with Miryem’s family to pay her father’s debt and little by little she fraternizes with them and becomes a member of the family.
This three girls are the heroines of the story. The world depends on them. There are magical beings threatening it. They must use their strength, loyalty, intelligence, pride, bravery and love to save their world, even if they have to make sacrifices or unexpected alliances.
Of the three girls I liked most Miryem. In my opinion, Irina didn’t know how to work as a team and she was a little selfish. The three of them lived very difficult moments, but I think that Wanda had the most difficult time. Her father was horrible, I hated him.
I liked the idea of winter being controlled by a magical being, a Staryk king, obnoxious most of the time but responsible and reliable when he gave his word. I also liked the Staryk world, winter is my favorite time of the year.
I think that this book has a lot of twists and new characters that make it very interesting and enjoyable. There were times when I couldn’t put it down. This is a story worth reading. Nevertheless, I liked more “Uprooted”.