Book Reviews

The Spotlight: A Review Of “Queen Of Ice” By Aminat Sanni-Kamal


Hey y’all!  I hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend 🙂  Welcome to another episode of The Spotlight!  I’m really loving these series, I don’t know about you.  And I think I’m getting a hang on these reviews too.  I didn’t know I could read so many books in such a short time.  I’ve always been a slow reader, but I guess getting used to reading blogs and story series on blogs has really prepared me for this ebook revolution!

This will make my fourth ebook review on The Spotlight, but I recently realised that my very first review was not of Itunu’s “Stolen Kisses“, like I said.  It was actually on Steve Harvey’s “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man“!  Have you read it – my review, I mean?  That was one of the first pieces I wrote on my blog when I got started back in 2012.

Anyway, today’s review is on a book by Aminat Sanni-Kamal, who blogs at www.aminatawastories.com.  I actually didn’t learn about her book from her blog, but from one of her fans whose blog I follow.  It is her first published novel too, and it’s called “Queen Of Ice”.  I had seen it on Okadabooks before, but I had no idea who it was by or what it was about, but when I read the blogpost a while ago (can’t remember it now) raving the book and the Authour, I followed the link and decided to buy my copy to read.

It goes for a very affordable price of N350.  Unfortunately, there’s no summary of this book given by the Authour on her blog nor Okadabooks, only a preview of the opening chapter.  This doesn’t work in favour of the Authour, because you’re left wondering what the whole story is about, even though the preview is quite intriguing.  However, the cover art is really nice and sophisticated.  It prepares your mind for an excellent read.  Alright…  That aside, let’s get to the review 🙂

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Seeing as I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised, as I was engrossed from the very beginning.  And then I was captivated by her story telling.  Aminat drew me into a world I didn’t want to get out of, and I could hardly put the book down.  I couldn’t wait to finish the story yet…all the while, not wanting it to end.  So, when I say I loved it…that’s just my way of saying it was truly an enjoyable read.

There was adventure, romance, betrayal, injustice and lots of courage in the face of it all.  There were two stories in one, and I think I loved the inner story more than the outer story that contained it.  The inner story of the real ‘Queen of Ice’ was much too short and bittersweet.  I wanted to know more.  My heart broke with how it ended, and I hoped the outer story would complete the euphoria reading that inner story had began in me.

It didn’t quite.  I came back to reality, like coming off an exciting roller coaster, and realising that my day at the park was over.  I wanted to ride the ride again!!!  But I already knew the whole story and where it would end…leaving me wanting more, but knowing that this is it!

The outer story of the modern day ‘Queen of Ice’ also has lots on intrigue and inspiration, but it didn’t quite go deep enough.  I wish Aminat had spent more time on this story as well, so that when the inner story was concluded, I would know that that was just the beginning, and I still had a full length ecstatic ride ahead!  It ended too soon and abruptly, and maybe it’s because Aminat doesn’t know what a talented writer she is, or didn’t feel brave enough to go deeper.

Or maybe it was supposed to end that way.  Either way, I will always remember the book and the story, and I would love to read more from the Authour!

If I may summarise, the “Queen Of Ice” was a short, lovely, romantic, heart-warming story of a woman, who had been betrayed, and for fear of a repeat, decides it’s better not to try nor expect much from life.  She’s insecure about who she is, probably a little afraid of who she is, until she finds out all she could be, as she learns the story of her heritage.  Set in Ancient Africa, this story will captivate you and set you free all at once!

I recommend this story for anyone who’s interested in a good read and a smile.  Get it HERE, and thank me later.

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