12 Tropes of 2020 – The Winter Prince by R. Cooper

Ice King/Queen from
12 Tropes of 2020

The Ice Queen is aloof and, well, frigid. She may not want to get emotionally close to anyone, or it may just be men she disdains. There are a few different ways her icy qualities can manifest themselves, ranging from slinging nasty remarks at anyone who crosses her to simply coming across as emotionless and “cold”. In romance, the hero strives to “defrost” her and win her over so they can embark on a relationship. 

Taken from Thea Landen 

The Winter Prince by R. Cooper

At seventeen, the noble Prince Arrow had his heart stolen by a powerful pari’s magic, which earned him the name Kişin Bey, the Prince-in-Winter, as his veins slowly filled with ice without a heart to keep him warm. Three years have passed since then, and Kişin is not expected to survive another winter. In a last, desperate attempt to save his life, Razin, the court wizard and Kişin’s childhood best friend, convinces him to travel in search of the pari, to ask for the return of his heart. What Razin doesn’t know is that Kişin’s heart was never stolen; he gave it away to the pari to escape the pain of an impossible love—his love for Razin.

Smart and stubborn, Razin has never accepted Kişin’s fate, continuing to address him by his childhood name of Arrow and doing everything he can to keep Kişin warm despite the distance Kişin has put between them. Bitter and sharp of tongue, he is nonetheless determined to ensure Kişin’s survival. The prince needs him, Razin insists, not knowing the truth of his own words, or how painful it is for Kişin to be near him. Kişin agrees to the desperate quest, out of duty and a need to protect Razin, but it isn’t long before Razin realizes saving his prince will require more than simply getting his heart back. Razin will have to convince him to want it

Taken from book blurb

My thoughts

In The Winter Prince we are presented with as cold and emotionless character, Kişin Bey. Having had his heart stolen not only is Kisin not expected to live past next winter but he has become an emotionless and hard person to be around. Across the story, one of our romantic leads set out to return Kisin’s heart and save him from an early grave.

The Winter Prince was a beautiful blend of bittersweet angst, storytelling, and a slow burn romance to melt even the coldest heart. This book had me slowly leaking tears as the two main characters Prince Arrow and Razin work through their issues, come to terms with their past, and try to restore the missing heart.

R. Cooper has such an amazing ability to tug on your heart strings with their characters who have so much self doubt and beautiful but hidden feelings. So much of the true hurt is hidden in subtext and small actions, that I often find myself having such an instinctual knowledge of these characters.

The Winter Prince is a perfect example of emotional and expansive queer fantasy romances novels and storytelling can be done. R. Cooper has created an epic romance that hits all of my favourite fantastical elements.

The Trope

Keeping the hardest trope til last, Ice King and Queen are relatively not well known. However once you have the term defined, you begin to see the character trope around everywhere. The character trope goes almost hand in hand with that of defrosting the Ice King/Queen, for you have to melt the ice around them to get to their heart ❤

I often compare the Ice King/Queen to that of the Japanese character type of tsundere. Originally I had been hoping to read the lesbian sci-fi romance, The Lily and the Crown by Roslyn Sinclair but sadly it was not to be.


I cannot believe that I made it all the way through this challenge! I hope you have enjoyed my 12 Tropes of 2020 Challenge and if you’re interested, check out my 2021 Reading Challenge, which is a Historical Romance Book Bingo!


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