The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey
Aleksia, Queen of the Northern Lights, is mysterious, beautiful and widely known to have a heart of ice. No one would seek her wisdom except as a last resort. But when she's falsely accused of unleashing evil on nearby villages, she realizes there's an impostor out there far more heartless than she could ever be.
And when a young warrior following the Tradition disappears, leaving his sweetheart and mother to fear the worst, Aleksia's powers are needed as never before.
Now, on a journey through a realm of perpetual winter, it will take all her skills, a mother's faith and a little magic to face down an enemy more formidable than any she has ever known.…
This is book 4 of Mercedes Lackey's Tales of Five Hundred Kingdoms. Like all her other tales of Five Hundred Kingdoms books this was top notch. However while there was romance in the previous books, this one did not have that angle. It focused more on the story and the life and growth of The Snow Queen and her struggle against the evil self-styled Snow Queen importer.
This is a solid book and expands the vast world and lore of Five Hundred Kingdoms, however, I can't say that its my favorite. I would have liked to see a more epic conflict resolution. But regardless, a great read even if it was released in hard cover (ie. more expensive)
I give this book 4/5 stars.