Winterglass is an intriguing retelling of The Snow Queen with a science fiction spin. The writing is beautiful and pulled me into the scenes of the brutal landscape and resilient people. I was immediately fascinated by the world that was created, the mysterious Winter Queen, the ghost kiln and the many different people now living in everlasting winter. However, I kept feeling that I was missing something of how and why the Winter Queen came to be and why she is so destructive. Nuawa is a very decisive character. She has one purpose and knows she will fulfill it no matter what. This makes her motivations clear, but also a little difficult to get to know. I really liked the idea of the glass fragments as well as all of the other enchantments in the world, but I really wanted a little more time to get to know about them. I also give a big kudos for this world being built with gender neutrality and fluidity. The pronouns for some people are 'ey' as in they and sexual preference is a non-issue. This is a shorter book and is very action packed. There is some explanation of the Winter Queen and glass fragments near the end, but not nearly enough. This is book one of a series, so I will definitely want to check out what happens next.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.