Anders reached out to fantasy authors and editors to gain recommendations about optimistic fantasy novels - "not just optimistic — but optimistic about human nature."
Cat Rambo, the author Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight, contributed her praise for The Face in the Frost:
One of my favorite fantasy novels, and one I return to repeatedly, is ... a low-key and somewhat oddly constructed book, but I love the friendship between the two wizards and the fact that they're trying to do the right thing, without question and without guidance. It's something that matches my experience, the idea that people rise to the occasion and somehow muddle through, despite the odds against them. A lot of my favorite fantasy novels, both gritty and non-gritty, are about friendships and the strength we can draw from them in the quests we go through on a daily basis.