Ice Country by David Estes

Dazz, a hard-edged, fun-loving Icer, likes fighting, particularly while at his favorite watering hole. However, while recovering from a particularly bad break up, his decision to engage in a brutal pubroom brawl leads to a series of events that thrust him into a dark and mysterious scandal involving King Goff, the ice country ruler.

When his sister is abducted in the dark of night, Dazz pledges to do whatever it takes to get her back, embarking on a quest that threatens to rip apart the very fabric that's barely holding his shattered family together.

Along the way he meets a group of unlikely allies in the form of a travelling group of fire country natives. Can Dazz, when joined with his best friend, Buff, and new tan-skinned friends, defeat the King and his guards before it's too late for his sister?

Brawling in bars, gambling and drinking, landed Ice country native Dazz, working for the king. Along with best friend Buff, the two unemployed bar regulars are recruited to deliver and retrieve goods to the citizens of Fire country. Until little sister Jolie is kidnapped.

Dazz discovers that Jolie isn't the only child to be taken, when he is asked to deliver a group of Fire Country children directly to the castle. Was Jolie taken as insurance for his silence? When Dazz stumbles across a group of Fire country dwellers, he knows something is wrong. It's illegal to travel through districts, as a precaution to stop the rampant illness that kills the country citizens before their time.

Dazz enlists the help of brother Wes, who has taken over the fatherly duties after his father passed and his mother became drug dependent to numb the pain. Along with Buff, the three find themselves locked inside the palace dungeons, alongside the girls from the Wildes, a Marked and Heater from Fire country. Sharing information and theories. The king has been taking and trading children, keeping them locked within the palace, but why?

Nothing could prepare the new group of unlikely friends for the civil war, brought on by the dark warriors on horseback, the Stormers. Can they reach the castle to save Jolie and the Heater children before the Stormers take out everything in their path, including the castle and Ice country king?

I love the Country Dwellers series, it ties in with David Estes original Dwellers series, but with a new perspective. It tells the story of a dystopian world, after a meteor struck the planet, and how differing communities survived but are now segregated by their differences. We have the Dwellers, featuring segregated classes and living beneath the Earths surface, the Glassies, who are Dwellers living within a dome on the surface, an experiment on survival for the dwellers. Heaters living within the baron, hot sandy landscape, and the Icers, who live within the snow capped mountains, with the Stormers being introduced in the third book soon to come in the series.

Currently, David is my favourite author by far and I love escaping to the harsh, dystopian worlds he creates... And I'm not above groveling for an advanced copy of the next book in either series.

Ice Country
(Country Saga: Book Two)
Written By David Estes
Published 04 / 04 / 2013
348 Pages

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