Ice and Peace is the follow up to Cold Warriors. It’s book 2 in the Cold Warriors Universe series.
First, a warning to potential readers, Ice and Peace should not be read if you haven’t read Cold Warriors. I think reading it as a standalone novel might be confusing.
The story picks up with Caitlin and Medoro living on earth as a married couple. They try to settle into a life of normalcy but I still felt disconnected from them. I really wanted to enjoy this story since Book 1 is marketed as an atypical interracial romance. I’m usually okay with sci-fi, I enjoy the genre but if romantic elements are included, I expect them to balance out.
I really didn’t find the characters of Medoro and Caitlin well developed. I was hoping in Ice and Peace I would see a more loving couple since the relationship didn’t really develop in book 1. Most of book 1 was spent with Caitlin and Medoro in an administrator and subordinate relationship. Even as a married couple in book 2, this didn’t change. Medoro was retired but was called back into action and Caitlin was also called to an assignment with Medoro once again filling the role as her superior.
I think the world that Ms. Dargin has created is phenomenal and there is a great deal of potential for the gap to be bridged, but Ice and Peace missed the mark for me. Sadly, I didn’t find it enjoyable. The writing isn’t bad, I just expected more. For me there was simply a lot missing.
-Reviewed by Natalie