The second book in the New York Times bestselling Moonfall series from thriller-master James Rollins, The Cradle of Ice is a page-turning tale of action, adventure, betrayal, ambition, and the struggle for survival in a harsh world that hangs by a thread.
To stop the coming apocalypse, a fellowship was formed.
A soldier, a thief, a lost prince, and a young girl bonded by fate and looming disaster.
Each step along this path has changed the party, forging deep alliances and greater
enmities. All the while, hostile forces have hunted them, fearing what they might
unleash. Armies wage war around them.
For each step has come with a cost—in blood, in loss, in heartbreak.
Now, they must split, traveling into a vast region of ice and to a sprawling capital of the world they’ve only known in stories. Time is running out and only the truth will save us all.
The Moonfall Series:
The Starless Crown
The Cradle of Ice
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Too-familiar epic fantasy tropes and underbaked characterizations bring down Rollins's second Moonfall novel (after The Starless Crown). The plot surrounds series heroine Nix with an admirably diverse cast, including "a second-born prince, a broken knight, a recalcitrant thief, a figure sculpted of flowing bronze," all seeking to avert moonfall, or the world's destruction, and Rollins tantalizingly teases what to expect in a prologue announcing a "story of innocence lost, of trust betrayed, of hope banished," which "makes a mockery of what was written before." But what follows is utterly formulaic. Nyx, a student who has dedicated herself to averting the prophesized disaster, is alarmed to find a bomb on her questing vessel, the Sparrowhawk, evidence of a sabotaging traitor. Other dangers, from humans and monstrous beasts alike, pop up regularly. Sometimes-weak prose ("While she might not have been born of womb and blood, she was as much a woman as any other—only more so") doesn't help. Only diehard fans of the previous installment need bother with this one.