The Calamity of a Reborn Witch

The Calamity of a Reborn Witch

by Vera Anne Wolfe

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**WARNING: The following story contains DARK, TRAUMATIZING elements that may not be appropriate for young viewers or those who struggle from traumatizing events. If you're not good with mature content, regardless of your age, this story is not for you. You have been warned. It's nowhere near as bad as GOT but it has dark shit. Again, you have been WARNED. Plenty of other less dark webnovels to safely read. **

**Additional Warning: A minimal amount of LGBT content is included in this story. There is no TAG for this so I'm including it here. If that makes you uncomfortable, go ahead and give it a pass. **

 

Previously titled: A Maiden's Frozen Heart.

An Isekai, Fantasy Regency, Thriller with Witches, Gods, and plenty of Drama and Betrayal.

{Book 1: A Den of Wolves} 

What if you knew the future? But what if that future was not yours?

After a gruesome death, Carina was reborn in Lafeara as Lady Maura, the unwanted “half-blood” of an impoverished noble family. The previous Lady Maura was publicly executed as part of a conspiracy to conceal the murder of Queen Eleanora.

With Maura’s memories to guide her, Carina prepares to follow her predecessor’s path into the palace as part of the Selection to become Crown Princess Eleanora’s lady-in-waiting. Her meticulous years of planning and preparation to ensure her survival, fulfill Maura’s revenge, and avert the oncoming Calamity will require every ounce of courage, cunning, and intellect she can muster.

Because Carina has more than one secret which she can not reveal—her true identity among them—but even more treacherous is her frozen heart and the ice magic that comes with it.

After all, they still burn witches in Lafeara.

{Book 2: A Coven of Crows} 

The problem with changing the past is that the future changes with it.

Although Carina survived the Selection and earned a place in the palace beside the Crown Princess, her battle to change the future and protect Lady Hana, the future Queen’s favored lady-in-waiting, is far from over.

As Carina becomes further entwined in the hidden witch covens of Lafeara, their history and magic unravel a dangerous secret long forgotten by most. It is not just Maura’s memories that threaten to shift the balance of Carina’s carefully laid plains but her own forgotten past as well.

And the more mysteries Carina uncovers, the fewer allies she finds standing on her side. Everyone wants something, but the most dangerous players in this game of mortals and witches are the gods themselves, who have their own sordid plans for Carina’s frozen heart.

{Book 3: A Plague of Witches} 

As the annual Royal Hunt approaches, so too does the first signs of the devastating plague Carina foresaw in Maura’s memories. The once lady-in-waiting to the Crown Princess now finds herself in a far better position to steer Lafeara’s future. As allies become enemies and old enemies form alliances for survival, Carina finds herself pulled into the shifting political struggle between Lafeara’s powerful nobles and secret witch covens.

But there is still a chance that Carina and Hana might just make it through the oncoming calamity—that is, if the future doesn’t shift too far from the previous timeline. As the Duchess of Winter dons her armor and prepares for the Crown Prince’s coronation, another attempted assassination, a witch-born plague, and the approaching forces of Pope Jericho and his Witch Hunters, only one thing is certain.

The gods themselves are pulling the strings of fate to force the future Carina has fought so hard to change back towards its inevitable conclusion. Now Carina, like Maura, must face the chains of her own mortality—or completely break free.

Even for a half-blood blessed/cursed with the immortal heart of a god, power comes at a cost.

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260 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
[B1] Prologue: The End of the Beginning ago
[B1] Chapter 1: The Masks of Society ago
[B1] Chapter 2: Run Rabbit Run ago
[B1] Chapter 3: Less Than Human ago
[B1] Chapter 4: The Stench of Gossip ago
[B1] Chapter 5: A Manor of Malice ago
[B1] Chapter 6: The Taste of Poverty ago
[B1] Chapter 7: The Stain of Misfortune ago
[B1] Chapter 8: A Brush of Deception ago
[B1] Chapter 9: A Taste for Poison ago
[B1] Chapter 10: A Touch of Cruelty ago
[B1] Chapter 11: The Shadows of Lovers ago
[B1] Chapter 12: The Poison of Royalty ago
[B1] Chapter 13: The Scorpion of Vetrayna ago
[B1] Chapter 14: History Cautions Ambition ago
[B1] Chapter 15: Foxes hunt the Rabbit ago
[B1] Chapter 16: A Battle of Queens ago
[B1] Chapter 17: A Dash of Violence ago
[B1] Chapter 18: A Skulk of Beasts ago
[B1] Chapter 19: Deal with a Ghoul ago
[B1] Chapter 20: Dance with the Devil ago
[B1] Chapter 21: A Merciless Dawn ago
[B1] Chapter 22: Trail of a Witch ago
[B1] Chapter 23: The Winds of Change ago
[B1] Chapter 24: A Blindfold of Pride ago
[B1] Chapter 25: The Weight of Prejudice ago
[B1] Chapter 26: A Theater of Cruelty ago
[B1] Chapter 27: The Justice of Beasts ago
[B1] Chapter 28: The Value of Virtue ago
[B1] Chapter 29: A Nest of Secrets ago
[B1] Chapter 30: The Game of Nobility ago
[B1] Chapter 31: A Prison of Hope ago
[B1] Chapter 32: A Den of Wolves ago
[B1] Chapter 33: The Thorns of Nobility ago
[B1] Chapter 34: Pride of the Fallen ago
[B1] Chapter 35: Shadow of the Scorpion ago
[B1] Chapter 36: The Cost of Loyalty ago
[B1] Chapter 37: The Weight of Poverty ago
[B1] Chapter 38: A Touch of Divinity ago
[B1] Chapter 39: Shadow of the Crown ago
[B1] Chapter 40: The Bonds of Family ago
[B1] Chapter 41: A Test of Grace ago
[B1] Chapter 42: A Dance of Courage ago
[B1] Chapter 43: A Twist of Fate ago
[B1] Chapter 44: The Priest’s Witch Hunter ago
[B1] Chapter 45: A Test of Knowledge ago
[B1] Chapter 46: A Blade of Justice ago
[B1] Chapter 47: An Examination of Truth ago
[B1] Chapter 48: A Gift of Friendship ago
[B1] Chapter 49: The Lies of Faith ago
[B1] Chapter 50: The Taste of Magic ago
[B1] Chapter 51: A History of Witches ago
[B1] Chapter 52: The Scent of Suspicion ago
[B1] Chapter 53: Wolves in the Garden ago
[B1] Chapter 54: The Queen of Wolves ago
[B1] Chapter 55: The Corruption of Paradise ago
[B1] Chapter 56: The Winds of Sorrow ago
[B1] Chapter 57: The Final Challenge Begins ago
[B1] Chapter 58: A Banquet of Wolves ago
[B1] Chapter 59: A Gala of Discord ago
[B1] Chapter 60: A Glimmer of Magic ago
[B1] Chapter 61: The Fortune of Fools ago
[B1] Chapter 62: The Claws of Guilt ago
[B1] Chapter 63: Weight of the Dead ago
[B1] Chapter 64: The Chill of Death ago
[B1] Chapter 65: A Garden of Secrets ago
[B1] Chapter 66: A Test of Loyalty ago
[B1] Chapter 67: Chosen by the Scorpion ago
[B1] Chapter 68: An Oath of Loyalty ago
[B1] Chapter 69: A Mother's Love ago
[B1] Chapter 70: The Treachery of History ago
[B1] Chapter 71: The Color of Desire ago
[B1] Chapter 72: The Shackles of Pride ago
[B1] Chapter 73: The Shadow of Grief ago
[B1] Chapter 74: The Solace of Friendship ago
[B1] Chapter 75: Scent of a Witch ago
[B1] Chapter 76: Secrets of a Lady ago
[B1] Chapter 77: A Matter of Trust ago
[B1] Chapter 78: The Color of Betrayal ago
[B1] Chapter 79: A Shadow of Deception ago
[B1] Chapter 80: A Brotherhood of Sorrow ago
[B1] Chapter 81: A Vendetta of Power ago
[B1] Chapter 82: A Clash of Wills ago
[B1] Chapter 83: A Lover's Cursed Fate ago
[B1] Chapter 84: A Broken Family Affair ago
[B1] Chapter 85: An Unholy Reckoning ago
[B1] Chapter 86: A Baptism of Fire ago
[B1] Chapter 87: A Pure-Blood Devil ago
[B1] Chapter 88: A Spark of Chaos ago
[B1] Chapter 89: A Trail of Destruction ago
[B1] Chapter 90: A Twist of Malice ago
[B1] Chapter 91: A Storm of Crows ago
[B1] Chapter 92: A Sanctuary of Sin ago
[B1] Chapter 93: A Feast of Crows ago
[B1] Chapter 94: The Rot of Power ago
[B1] Chapter 95: A Crown of Vengeance ago
[B1] Chapter 96: An Official Death Notice ago
[B1] Chapter 97: The Absence of Grief ago
[B1] Chapter 98: The Wings of Fate ago
[B1] Chapter 99: A Crown of Crows ago
[B1] Chapter 100: A Specter of Betrayal ago
[B1] Chapter 101: A Treacherous Path Forward ago
[B1] Chapter 102: The Beginning of the End { Part 1 } ago
[B1] Chapter 103: The Beginning of the End { Part 2 } ago
[B1] Epilogue: The Pope of Zarus ago
Interlude Part I: The Disgraced Prince ago
Interlude II: Mask of the Ghoul ago
Interlude III: The Betrayed Prince ago
Interlude Part IV: Goddess of Destruction ago
Special Interlude V: The Crow and the Earl ago
Story Art Work: CoRW - Book 1 & Book 2 (to come) ago
[B2] Prologue: A Husk of Mortality ago
[B2] Chapter 1: The Fragrance of Sorrow ago
[B2] Chapter 2: The Fate of Sisters ago
[B2] Chapter 3: The Sting of Gossip ago
[B2] Chapter 4: Roses at a Funeral ago
[B2] Chapter 5: Tortured and Twisted Grief ago
[B2] Chapter 6: A Whisper of Malice ago
[B2] Chapter 7: The Weight of Guilt ago
[B2] Chapter 8: The Shadow of Valor ago
[B2] Chapter 9: The Ties of Blood ago
[B2] Chapter 10: The Mark of a Master ago
[B2] Chapter 11: A Blade of Secrets ago
[B2] Chapter 12: A Trade of Secrets ago
[B2] Chapter 13: The Color of Fear ago
[B2] Chapter 14: Prince of the Desert ago
[B2] Chapter 15: The Bloodlines of Covens ago
[B2] Chapter 16: The Shackles of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 17: The Ripper’s Smile ago
[B2] Chapter 18: Shadow of the Witch Hunters ago
[B2] Chapter 19: A Lady of Mystery ago
[B2] Chapter 20: The Divide of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 21: A Bog of Poison ago
[B2] Chapter 22: The Sounds of Discord ago
[B2] Chapter 23: A Prick of Cunning ago
[B2] Chapter 24: A Breach of Trust ago
[B2] Chapter 25: A Trace of Poison ago
[B2] Chapter 26: The Scent of Violence ago
[B2] Chapter 27: A Play of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 28: The Guilt of Providence ago
[B2] Chapter 29: A Breath of Deception ago
[B2] Chapter 30: The Labyrinth of Anthraticus ago
[B2] Chapter 31: Daughter of Frost ago
[B2] Chapter 32: The Price of Immortality ago
[B2] Chapter 33: A Dangerous Deviation ago
[B2] Chapter 34: The Politics of Marriage ago
[B2] Chapter 35: A Wave of Ambition ago
[B2] Chapter 36: A Prison of Fear ago
[B2] Chapter 37: The Web of Politics ago
[B2] Chapter 38: The Peril of Gossip ago
[B2] Chapter 39: The Scent of Manipulation ago
[B2] Chapter 40: A Mark of Enmity ago
[B2] Chapter 41: The Taste of Emptiness ago
[B2] Chapter 42: A Menu for Disaster ago
[B2] Chapter 43: The Weight of Dawn ago
[B2] Chapter 44: A Wrinkle of Truth ago
[B2] Chapter 45: A Testament of Humanity ago
[B2] Chapter 46: A Questionable Alliance ago
[B2] Chapter 47: The Spoils of Matrimony ago
[B2] Chapter 48: The Fate of a Queen ago
[B2] Chapter 49: The Fragrance of Treachery ago
[B2] Chapter 50: The Prodigal Son Returns ago
[B2] Chapter 51: The Spice of Discord ago
[B2] Chapter 52: A Conflict of Interests ago
[B2] Chapter 53: The Fangs of Winter ago
[B2] Chapter 54: The Consequences of Fate ago
[B2] Chapter 55: The Unveiled Truth ago
[B2] Chapter 56: The Path of Failure ago
[B2] Chapter 57: A Channel of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 58: A Vision of Ghosts ago
[B2] Chapter 59: The Trouble with Twins ago
[B2] Chapter 60: The Arrival at Dawn ago
Interlude VI: Predators of the Desert ago
[B2] Chapter 61: A Peddler of Betrayal ago
[B2] Chapter 62: The Gift of Family ago
[B2] Chapter 63: The Art of Seduction ago
[B2] Chapter 64: A Banquet in Red ago
[B2] Chapter 65: A Shiver of Dread ago
[B2] Chapter 66: A Dance of Assassins ago
[B2] Chapter 67: The Promise of a Reckoning ago
[B2] Chapter 68: The Pendulum of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 69: The Discomfort of Diplomacy ago
[B2] Chapter 70 {Part 1}: The Poetry of Cannibals ago
[B2] Chapter 70 {Part 2}: A Servant of Chaos ago
[B2] Chapter 71: The Rose of Lafeara ago
[B2] Chapter 72: A Stage of Fools ago
[B2] Chapter 73: A Scene of Tragedy ago
[B2] Chapter 74: The Face of Death ago
[B2] Chapter 75: Lines of Division ago
[B2] Chapter 76: The Specter’s Twisted Vendetta ago
[B2] Chapter 77: The Trouble with Ghosts ago
[B2] Chapter 78: The Daughters of Ramiel ago
[B2] Chapter 79 {Part 1}: A Reflection of Pride ago
[B2] Chapter 79 {Part 2}: The Face of a Monster ago
[B2] Chapter 80: The Murky Truth ago
[B2] Chapter 81: The Widow in Mourning ago
[B2] Chapter 82: A Prelude of Misfortune ago
[B2] Chapter 83: A Union of Trust ago
[B2] Chapter 84: The Wisdom of Diplomacy ago
[B2] Chapter 85: The Trouble with Curses ago
[B2] Chapter 86: The Pearls of Stratagem ago
[B2] Chapter 87: The Heart of a Diamond ago
[B2] Chapter 88: The Mantle of a King ago
[B2] Chapter 89: The Lips of Fate ago
[B2] Chapter 90 {Part One}: Marked for Death ago
[B2] Chapter 90 {Part Two}: A Balance of Truths ago
[B2] Chapter 91: An Alliance of Convenience ago
[B2] Interlude VII: The Role of the Second Prince ago
[B2] Chapter 92: A Twist of Betrayal ago
[B2] Chapter 93: A History of Treachery ago
[B2] Chapter 94: The Immortal Heart of Kirsi ago
[B2] Chapter 95: A Rose with Thorns ago
[B2] Chapter 96: Blood Stains and Visions ago
[B2] Chapter 97: The Veil of Diplomacy ago
[B2] Chapter 98: A Gathering of Wolves ago
[B2] Chapter 99: A Dangerous Pedestal ago
[B2] Chapter 100: A Grave of Mercy ago
[B2] Chapter 101: A Necessary Sacrifice ago
[B2] Chapter 102: The Price of Naivety ago
[B2] Chapter 103: The Seed of Calamity ago
[B2] Chapter 104: The Shackles of Destiny ago
[B2] Chapter 105: An Alliance of Covens ago
[B2] Epilogue {Part One}: An Oath of Allegiance ago
[B2] Epilogue {Part Two}: A Crown of Sorrow ago
Interlude VIII: Tears of the Sun ago
Interlude IX: A Glimmer of Opportunity ago
Interlude X: The Corruption of Power ago
Interlude XI: The Chosen of Ramiel ago
Special Interlude XII {Part One}: Supposed to be Dead ago
Special Interlude XII {Part Two}: Bargaining with a Ghost ago
Special Interlude XII {Part Three}: The Lady of Turnbell ago
[B3] Prologue {Part One}: A Spark of Divinity ago
[B3] Prologue {Part Two}: The Shadow of Zarus ago
[B3] Prologue {Part Three}: A Den of Perversion ago
[B3] Chapter 1: A Taste of Immortality ago
[B3] Chapter 2: A Garden of Stratagem ago
[B3] Chapter 3: A Resolution of Lovers ago
[B3] Chapter 4: A Tense Reunion ago
[B3] Chapter 5: The Secrets of a Maid ago
[B3] Chapter 6: The Stench of Death ago
[B3] Chapter 7: The Hunter’s Demon Eyes ago
[B3] Chapter 8: A Dance of Scarlet Snow ago
[B3] Chapter 9: A Tremor of Ambition ago
[B3] Chapter 10: A Wake of Crones ago
[B3] Chapter 11: A Gift of Consideration ago
[B3] Chapter 12: A Tainted Respite ago
[B3] Chapter 13: A Declaration of War ago
[B3] Chapter 14: A Risky Alliance ago
[B3] Chapter 15: The Pretense of Power ago
[B3] Chapter 16: A Trail of Ambition ago
[B3] Chapter 17: Broken Delusions of Grandeur ago
[B3] Chapter 18 {Part One}: A Waking Nightmare ago
[B3] Chapter 18 {Part Two}: Defensive Preparations ago
[B3] Chapter 19: A Gaggle of Lords ago
[B3] Chapter 20: A Cunning Arrangement ago
[B3] Chapter 21: The Weight of Experience ago
[B3] Chapter 22: Of Leaf and Shadow ago
[B3] Chapter 23: Of Envy and Pride ago
[B3] Chapter 24: Of Blood and Water ago
[B3] Chapter 25: Of Rot and Wood ago

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A survivor's story of a girl reincarnated into another body with knowledge of future events that will happen with the original. For those familiar, you would notice that it is basically a reincarnated as [insert character type] in a novel. BUT in all honesty, I cannot sum it up in those words, God no I can't. This story is SO MUCH MORE!

There is a great cast of characters that you would love and hate, sometimes both at the same time. The pacing is something I find is one of its strongest parts as the story just GRABS you by the Sleeve and drags you into its beautiful and complex world full of interesting characters. 

Lots of political intrigue mixed in with just enough mystery and drama and I found myself HOOKED by the end unable to put it down. If you like a standard genre done beautifully (Which I wonder how can you NOT love that) then you will LOVE this one. 

There are so many ways the story itself can turn out and there is a lot of connection to the past of the original which I love was not just combined into our character and that she did not just instantly abandon who she is. She is referred with her original name by the narrator and I love that the Original's past affects her but is not considered as her own past. 

The story itself is quite complex and I cannot truly express its beauty without spoiling and even then there is a lot I would miss and I would feel ashamed to do such injustice to the author. So, in the end, I would Like to say; Just read it, give it a try till even if just the 1st chapter, I can positively bet that you will get Hooked and will not be able to put it down till the lastest chapter out. 

For the extremely stubborn here are some points (some people like points so here I go!) 

  • Fast Updates like very fast. 
  • Top 20 Best Rated on RR content level
  • Great Grammer and Editing 
  • Very Well Paced
  • Just Give it a Try, like come on man (or woman). 
  • I rarely give all 5 and the 4 and a half in style is because I could not find anything else to cut

A Gem of a Story I wish I had found sooner.

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It's consistently okayish story that sadly suffers from being just that. All chapters are of similar consistency, similar quality. The story is also extremely broken up into a multum of PoVs, which makes it extremely slow (at around 90 chapters in barely 2 weeks or so have passed) and difficult to actually get immersed into. It doesn't help that none of the characters are particularly likable, though most of them are at least believable. 
 
Also, it suffers from one major flaw - it's a tragedy, but taken by the author to the extreme. Pretty much everything that can go wrong and cause some harm and issues for MC will go wrong. Anything mentioned at all about anything else will be used to hurt the MC in one way or another.
 
It's to the point where almost every antagonist has bullshit plot armor comparable to some CN cultivation novels whereas the MC has nary a moment of respite.
 
Additionally the further we go into the story and the more stuff gets revealed the less sense many of the choices of MC make. Most if not all of the pointless and excessive drama and tragedy could have been avoided with a little bit of action and forethought the MC was apparently capable of but for whatever reason didn't do anything about. It doesn't help that even so late into the story a lot of the motivations are still very vague and we don't know what are the actual aims of the MC. To put it simply, the setting is that MC is an extremely gifted reincarnated person that knows of a possible future. But the 6 years before the novel happenings she could have spent on preparations were apparently only used to grow her wealth and to study? Disappointing.  
 
*SPOILER ALERT*
I ended up dropping it after a team of trained assassins, and a suberb witch assassin failed to do anything reasonable to assassinate a witch hunter. No surprise attack, they had explosives but used them to make a big entrance, no potshots at the witch hunter, or anything at all that would constitute a reasonable course of action. Pretty much from assassins to random mobs in just a few paragraphs. And they attacked one by one to boot, neither of their shots (and they had crossbows and pistols) was aimed at witch hunter's unprotected face, but instead at his armor. There were hardly any follow ups to attacks and witch hunter was allowed to pull away from his attackers every time he was in a bad situation. This is just not how fights work and it was clear the entire thing was a madeup mess meant to keep him around to mess things up even more for the MC. 
*SPOILER END*
 
 
All in all it's a crooked story that could have been amazing but ended up being twisted just to make things more convoluted and pointlessly dramatic
 
Which is sad because the complexity of interactions and how smooth the world introductions are make it a pretty good read, if not for the story flaws that exist simply to make things more miserable for the MC
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Strong FL- political intrigue, magic, slow burn romance = sold

Reviewed at: Author's Note: Hiatus (Update)

Author has a talent for writing. She clearly plans ahead, as there are times where you wonder if her decision for the charecters was correct only to find that every bit of her writing has purpose else where in the novel. There is foreshadowing, more showing than telling and the romance is perfect. Its slow burn, it isnt rushed, there isnt anything cringey, or forced. The plotical aspect was done well, though I wish to see more. There isnt any slapback Young Master How Dare bs for filler drama and just to forward the plot.  When mc gets served, she often finds her hands tied behind her back, however she carefully lays her plans thick like a chess move 30 steps in advance, and with a little bit of luck she is able to suceed.

Style: This is a third person novel, where we mainly see the perspective of mc, but also we get the view of other charecters, as well as what they are thinking. When I first started reading this novel, it was the style that captured me. Author writes in a way where the dialogue is interactive, and not amateur. Many times, writers will fall for the trap of basic dialogue that takes away the juice of high potential stories. In this novel, the dialouge serves to propel the plot as it should and isnt used for inane word count. Lastly, the style gives the atmosphere of a mideval genre, as it should. In amateur novels, we often find mistakes such as modern lingo, and the author does her best to avoid this allowing a fully immersive experience in her story.

Story: Like I mentioned before, this is a novel where there is equal parts of political intrigue, a slow burn but spicy romance, magic, witch hunts and a tension that makes you wonder why all the bad things happen to good people. There is so much world building. Unlike amateur writers, author is an expert at world building, releasing just the right amount of snippets as to how the world around mc works, how the plotics and religion work at a grand scale and how individuals not only make up the parts but play a large role in the whole. For a quick summary, its about mc whos a half witch with ice powers, escapes an abusive family not through god forsaken isekai plot armor and such, but with careful meticulous planning. We all read xiaxia, where reincarnated mc comes back as this brand new bad bitch, slaps back the step mother and sis, and somehow convinces the abusive father to give the property ownership or some cop out. This novel is realisitic. When you transmigrate, modern women or not, circumstances will force your hand. And force her hand it did. She had to use external help, forge a fake identity, use what knowledge she had of the future to set up secret finances. All in the meantime, we the readers feel the tension of the ever glorius religion sneaking up behind mc, in their hunt to eradicate witches. And lastly for those who are here for the romance, you are in for a treat. Mc isnt one of those women who capture the ML interest by being the mc by virtue. And my god, nothing frustrates me more than seeing a paradoy of a "dominant yasss queen" FL snatching away the ML with her "magical skills" and glorius mc pussy. She is NOT a damsel, she does NOT rely on male lead or his friends. She instead, crafts plots within plots to save her ass , and appropriately uses her knowledge of the future when she can. 

 

Charecter- strong powerful female lead, doesnt rely on ML for anything, not even his friends like some other "strong" wannabe female leads of other novels would. The side charecters are fleshed out, and the writing allows the reader to visualize and understand what true toxic patriarchy would have looked like back in the day, and no its not flowery, and no its not exaggerated sjw stuff. Yes it is brutal just like reality

grammar- easy to read, im no grammar expert, but its solid

With equal aspects of suspense, mystery and thriller this is a reincarnation novel done right.  Highly reccomend, praise the ice witch

 

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This story is sort of a textbook example of the weaknesses of writing by the seat of your pants instead of planning things out ahead of time and how the story the author seems to think they are writing can diverge dramatically from the one they're actually presenting to the reader as a result.

The big, outstanding examples of this are the premise and the setting:

The premise: because the author started writing "an isekai story" instead of using the isekai thing as a tool to serve a story that needed it, that part ends up doing literally nothing. I'm not even exaggerating, literally zero things are done with the protagonist theoretically being from an alternate world not already adequately explained by the time loop. She uses her origin to basically predict fashion trends and that's it, which, again, time loop, so...

Also, the "witch" part is completely superfluous and in fact a lot of plot beats would be objectively better / more dramatic if she wasn't. We're around the end of book two and nothing has been done with her powers on screen that we haven't seen actual children manage with pluck and a knife in other stories. She's the heir of a royal line that consists of witches, but that'd actually be much more interesting were it the case and she didn't have the bloodline powers. There's ostensibly a danger in being found out, but it's redundant since everyone in the setting is unrealistically antagonistic for no reason anyhow.

So the only element of the premise that's handled well (which is to say, comes into play in any significant way, period) is the "reborn" part, which... good job on that one, watching the protagonist pull time-loop shenanigans involving market manipulation and cutting off plagues and such, and figuring out why she's even involving herself in the political marriage stuff at all, is genuinely entertaining.

The setting: this is the truly rough one where "figure out where you're going before you start writing" really drags things down. Don't get me wrong, there are stories where you can just be like "screw it, we'll deal with the setting as we go", but a story where the central conflict is a historical political one rooted in the specific details of several decades of different autocratic empires warring on each other isn't one where the reader can fly blind, much less the author. Every character in the setting knows the basic historical facts and public figures involved in the kind of high profile political drama the author is trying for, so the readers need to know it too. You can't just not decide whether the Catholic Church is the state religion of the nation the plot is happening in until book two.

The mess of a setting eventually congealing out of the mess is intended to be "Avatar, but dark" but ends up being "Avatar, but it makes no goddamned sense". For example, the Church has no established reason to care about witches on way or the other as of book freaking two, because every explanation offered for why they'd care and why the citizens would accept their authority is rendered obviously untrue by the text immediately.

There are also severe pacing issues, where things that should take weeks happen in days or vice versa, and long stretches where the author just gets bored and writes an unrelated story about a random witch hunter that never feeds into the main plot in any way or similar.

Summary: typical RR story, really. It's not bad so much as just a mess, there's value in it but you have to actively dig for it.

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Overall 5/5 - Look here, everyone here is saying that this novel is publish ready quality, so what are you waiting for???

Style 5/5 - The style is omniscient 3rd person, it was clear and concise, it read very smoothly, and didn’t stumble in the slightest, but maybe that’s because the story itself was too gripping, so I didn’t notice anything wrong ¯\_( ≖ ᴥ ≖ )_/¯ 

Grammar 5/5 - I spotted nothing wrong, but then again, maybe the godly quality story was distracting me, and I was too busy being dragged along for a ride to notice, 10/10 would read again. 

Character + Story 5/5 - Where do I even start? I was recently taught that “good plot can’t save bad characters, but good characters can save bad plots.” But what happens if both plot and characters are good? You get the ‘literal’ (*wink* *wink*) perfection that is ‘The Calamity of a Reborn Witch’! 

I mentioned that the story was amazing even in the style and grammar section, it definitely affected my reading experience a lot. If half-way through the novel, the author decided to write it in Russian instead and I was forced to use google translate to read the novel, I would still read the next ten books, the plot is that good.

Although the start of it felt cinderella-isque (evil steps sis and bad mom yo…), but it quickly transitioned into something else pretty quickly, the MC, Carina/Maura is definitely not a princess waiting to be rescued. She’s fun to read, because she doesn’t lie down at take shit from other people, and she’s definitely not the type to be married off like some piece of furniture! (oops, spoiled a bit there…) I don’t wanna spoil any more details, so give it a read!

The characters are very, very well written, you legit hate the step-sisters and the mom by the end of the first ten chapters, like gut-wrenching hate, like hate enough to be willing to go to court over the murder of a non-existent character hate. On the bright side, you’ll fall in love with the MC pretty fast, she’s sweet, kind, and stronk (this is not a typo, this is intentional), be honest with me, who wouldn’t like a charming, quick-witted and active protagonist?

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Really fricken good!! The characters are novel levels of amazing. Great depth, and oh my you really begin to hate some of the early antagonists! Can't wait for the next chapter! 

and since I need to fill in 200 characters for advanced review, let me tell you this story so far already has a quite intense conflict brewing. From the claws of politics to the superstitious law enforcement who now hunt down the MC with a religious fervor, the plot has quickened and so glad to have caught it as it's brewing!

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I don't even know where to begin!  This story is just getting started, and it's already easily in my top 3 favorites on Royal Road.  The other reviewers are spot on, once it gets noticed, this story is going to explode in the rankings!  I don't like spoilers in reviews so I will avoid talking about any actual plot elements, but I definitely want to speak to the quality of this amazing fiction.

 

Style:  From the first sentences, this story is oozing style.  The author manages to build interest and tension in the first paragraph and never lets up from there.  She does a great job of showing instead of telling without getting too bogged down in the details.  The dialogue is fun and punchy, and balanced enough to keep the exposition from dragging out too much.

Grammar:  I swear this story has near-professional level editing.  I haven't noticed any major grammar errors or awkward sentence structures that slowed me down.  I will often rewrite sentences in my head as I read, especially on Royal Road, and I have found myself doing almost none of that here.  Not getting bogged down trying to figure out what she really meant, helps tremendously with the pacing.

Story:  I can't say too much, as we're still very much in the rising action, but so far the story elements are downright enthralling.  The author reveals details and new plot elements with very natural pacing, and the story's of the side characters weave beautifully into the story of the main character.

Character:  The main character is obviously competent without being omniscient.  She doesn't feel like a Mary Sue at all.  I'm enjoying the pace at which Vera Ann Wolf is revealing plot elements.  The main character obviously has plans we don't fully realize yet.  Side characters are interesting and feel like they genuinely have their own agendas, which do or will, affect the MC in significant ways. 

I'm excited to see how this plays out as new chapters unfold!

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A dark victorian Isekai about changing the future

Reviewed at: Chapter 7: The Stain of Misfortune

A maiden's frozen heart is an Isekai set in a fantasy world that seems to parallel Victorian England. That alone sets it apart from every other Isekai.

Story: 4/5

Most Isekai protagonists get reincarnated after a truck hits them. Not Carina. She dies because the scumbag ex-boyfriend of her pregnant best friend sells her and Carina to organ harvesters. This sets the tone for the story pretty well. As mentioned earlier, the world of Lafeara is set in a world similar to Victorian England. And it really brings across just how horrible this period was the average human being. Slavery, abuse, chauvinism, sexism: these are just the tip of the iceberg.

But beyond that, A maiden's frozen heart tells the story of Carina. Reincarnated in the body of a half-blooded noble Maura, she not only has to survive her abusive family, but she also lives on borrowed time. Because once she is 17 she knows that she will be executed. When Carina reincarnated she also got to see the future of Maura and tries her best to avert said fate. But like with any story that involves the future, elements that had not appeared before, start to slowly but surely to pile up.

There is a lot of mystery and mystique that picks the reader's interest and one starts to wonder just what is going on. The only real gripe is that the story is a slow burn. After seven chapters, not much has happened. It's all set up so far. But that doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable.

Characters: 4/5

The "weakest" aspect of the web story and even then it is only in comparison to the other aspects. The main character Maura/Carina is really well developed. We see her strengths, her ambitions, her plight, and of course her flaws. Of course, it is still the beginning, so she obviously has more room to grow. 

But outside of Maura, not many characters are developed. We learn a few things about Ivy, and I really liked Alex, but it is a bit problematic when the second most developed character is Maura's half brother Lincoln. To be brief: He is an utter scumbag, and the rest of the family not much better. Some might enjoy an antagonist that they can hate and watch getting what they deserve. I hope that Lincoln either develops into a more three-dimensional character or that we get an antagonist we are not supposed to hate. But again, it's the beginning of the story, so the characters could develop in multiple ways.

Style: 4/5

The scenes are well described. One can easily read the passages and there is really nothing that creates issues. When the style is great, then there is not much to say. It is simply good. The one thing that could be improved is that fewer adverbs and dialogue tags that are not "said" or "asked" could be used.

Grammar: 5/5

Really nothing to complain here. The author even adhered to writing rules, that I didn't know exist. Reading the story, I actually learned a few things.

Final Verdict

A maiden's frozen heart is a great story and deserves more views. It's a slow pacing for sure, and the antagonists could be more nuanced, but it is worth it. I'm expecting great things here.

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I don't believe any review I write can do this story the justice it deserves.

It is extraordinarily well written, carefully crafted and encaptures the heart and soul. The near pristine grammar and exceptional style make for an amazingly smooth read, and once I started reading... 5 hours later, I found myself still reading. I had to force myself to quit to sleep, otherwise I might find myself reading well past my current 3 a.m. stopping point.

I just wish I had more stars to give.

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A man walks into a candy shop. He approaches the owner and asks to be served a salad. The owner, flaberghasted, replies that they only have candy. I hate sugar, and I hate candy! The man replies. How does a candy shop owner respond to this type of criticism?

Read the first chapter, then determine whether you like candy or not. Don't be that man who walks into a candy shop and expects something else.

And what this story offers is a treat to behold. I have yet to encounter a true political fantasy on this site until now. It takes a mature and witty hand to craft a story such as this. In true poli-fantasy fashion there are real stakes at play. No fade-to-black or esoteric threats, but real consequences and depravity that curdles blood.

It's definitely not for everyone, and the core audience of web-novel readers on this site will be uncomfortable reading this. That's okay. What it does, it does well.

A common criticism I saw in the comments (and also had myself) was why the MC didn't do anything with all that wealth. While the matter is later addressed, it would have been nice to have a bit more setup. I realize her hands were tied, and she needed her family to still have a title, and she had neither the political backing or security to swing wealth around, but that needs to be addressed earlier than 40 chapters in.

It was my own introspection on story that justified her actions early on, that were later validated. Either introduce her vast wealth later, misdirect the source of her wealth, or hint at the reasonings for not using it earlier in the story.

Honestly though, the criticism is minor issue for me, but those who are used to a more straight-forward story telling approach will find themselves frustrated. Sometimes that frustrating takes the form of scathing disapproval rather than an attempt to understand the nuance of decisions not commonly found in the "isekai" genre.

All in all, I definitely liked the story quiet a bit. I look forward to what's to come.