Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Book Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Mirror, mirror, full of stars,
Who will claim the throne of Mars?
The princess: Engineer Bianca Ross, heir to a megacorporation and the Mars elevator, needs to acquire a mine on the surface to secure her place in the company. All that stands in her way is the mine's charming owner, Cesare Chan.
The evil stepmother: Victoria Ross is plotting to gain control of Mars. She plans to assassinate Bianca and seduce Cesare to further her goals, and Bianca's trip is the perfect opportunity.
The charming prince: Cesare shouldn't get involved. Bianca's visit could reveal the escaped slaves he's hiding at his mine, but he can't ignore a damsel in distress—especially one as beautiful as Bianca.
Alone, neither would stand a chance against Victoria. But together, they could rewrite a tale that's meant to end with Bianca's blood.
Once Upon a Red World series: Ice Red (1), Ladder to the Red Star (2)
Review: Engineer Bianca Ross is also the heir to a huge corporation and the Eris space elevator, which has made moving people, goods, and equipment seemingly effortless. Victoria Ross is her wicked stepmother who is setting her plan in motion to take over the entire Sol system, but she needs Bianca out of the way first. Sending Bianca down to Mars to work on the takeover of RedIce, a mining company owned by Cesare Chan, will give Victoria the opportunity she needs to get what she wants. Yet, if Bianca and Cesare have any say, Victoria will be exposed for the conniving woman she is.
ICE RED is a novel which came to brilliant life, from the strange worlds and people to the unique language. There was intrigue, mystery, murder, and a fantastic twist on a familiar fairy tale. ICE RED had me caught up in the characters and action very quickly. The story kept me on the edge of my seat with the sinfully dangerous romance and exciting energy of the characters’ machinations. ICE RED is a great space fantasy with a wicked ending!