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Following the Snow by E.A. Fortneaux: A Review

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Okay babes this one is a real winner. If you love epic fantasy with a diverse set of characters and chock full of spicy romance and female empowerment, Following the Snow by E.A Fortneaux is for you.

I’m trying to find the words to express just how much I loved this book without giving away any spoilers. I want someone to talk to about this book so much I’m gonna need all you lovely people to get a move on with reading it!

So the story follows Eira, a sheltered girl who came from a mostly frozen kingdom as she embarks on a journey to become one of the chosen religious leaders that work to maintain peace among the different kingdoms. Being one of the chosen has influenced her life from the very start but now, she makes her journey to Verus, the main temple, where she is to complete her training and cement her commitment to her destiny.

While she is at this training she meets other women and young men who have also been chosen and friendships are made. She meets the arrogant Ambrose, who is simultaneously the most annoying and most tempting men she’s ever met, Cato, a man she can’t have but that she finds herself drawn to, Karius, a strong willed woman who wants to make her own path in life, and many others.

One of the biggest reasons I loved this book is the amount of diverse representation that is here. We have Bipoc characters, LGBTQIA+ characters, mental health representation and body positivity. Not to mention I felt that E.A. Fortneaux did a wonderful job with all of them.

One scene that will forever live in my head rent free is the “Grooming” scene, where our young ladies are literally stripped bare and have to come to terms with their insecurities and instead of tearing each other down they lift each other up. I’m sure if you hear me talk about this book outside of this post you’ll get tired of hearing about this scene but hear me out. Oftentimes when a book boasts body positivity or that it has plus size characters the validation for those characters is coming from the male protagonist who “loves their body”. In Following the Snow the validation comes from your fellow women uplifting you! I mean we also have multiple MMCs wanting to get a taste if you know what I mean, but it’s not the focus. There are multiple times in this book when the young ladies are made to reflect on themselves and learn to love their own selves.

Now no Epic fantasy would be complete without a romantic storyline for our FMC and trust and believe that Following the Snow has a very SPICY romantic storyline. First we’ve got multiple possible partners from the very beginning. There is Ambrose whom I love to hate and kind of imagine him as if Roman Reigns and Jason Mamoa had a baby (You’re welcome for the image). He’s hot and he knows it. And he says “All bodies are delicious bodies”, making him even hotter in my opinion. The complete opposite of Ambrose is Tommand, our second love interest. Tommand is a bit older than our FMC and he’s far more battle worn than his counterpart. He's serious and a bit primal (Kink included), his problem however is his insufferable need to “protect” Eira by not telling her vital information.

So, I don’t know what else to say without giving it all away but I know you’ll love it. So be sure to check out Following the Snow by E.A. Fortneaux, it’s available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. Oh, and let me know which love interest you would have chosen!


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