Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

6 Jul

I am a huge fan of Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy Series. The series features Gwen Frost, a Gypsy with powers that she is only beginning to understand and Nike’s Champion. She attends Mythos Academy along with all kinds of other beings (Spartans, Valkerie’s, Druids) who are all learning to fight. Loki, the God who started the Chaos War, has many allies and all the adolescents at Mythos Academy are in training so that when they meet Loki and his Reapers of Chaos, they will be ready.

They will have to be more than just ready, however. On a school visit to look at ancient artifacts that helped win the Chaos War, the students are attacked by Reapers. Somehow, Gwen, her friends Daphne and Carson and Gwen’s love interest Logan all survive, but at what cost. Students have died but Gwen was unable to kill Loki’s Champion.

However, Loki’s Champion did leave a clue. After the battle, she dropped a map leading to possible locations of the Helheim Dagger, a magical artefact so powerful that it could free Loki from his prison and bring him into the mortal world. Gwen must find the Helheim Dagger before Loki’s Champion does or the world as she knows it will be forever changed.

Dark Frost is the third book in the Mythos Academy Series (preceded by First Frost-an ebook prequel-Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost) and it is by far the best book yet. Dark Frost is so action packed, it’s a wonder that Estep managed to contain the story within the pages. The action and adventure rarely let up and the entire novel was intensely charged and wonderfully written.

It is also the most violent and, for the first time, we realize that no one is safe. Not even the main characters. Estep went all out in Dark Frost and the story is no holds barred. It is the first time we get to see Gwen in action and really taking on the mantle of the warrior she is meant to be. There is also some terrific character and plot development that had me cheering, clutching my iPad with glee as I flipped pages as fast as I could read them.

Though the first two and a half books in the Mythos Academy Series are awesome, Dark Frost rocked. It’s one grim story that is incredibly well written. There are a few more questions we need answered, but a few major plot points are revealed and this gives the story substance. It also feels as if Gwen is finally finding her place in a world she used to know nothing about. Instead of Gwen floundering around, escaping by luck and chance, she is finally fighting back.

There are no slow moments in Dark Frost, no bumpy passages, just an honestly great story that is heart pounding, emotional, dangerous and thrilling. There is something for everyone in Dark Frost and it’s a book that left me wanting more at the end.

Too bad we have to wait until 2013 to find out what happens next. One thing is sure, however: Dark Frost is an amazing read from start to finish.

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