Review to Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Book 3 of the “Mythos Academy”-series
I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.
Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.
A few random thoughts on this book: I had a Harry Potter/Severus Snape moment! A serious one! And I’m totally, utterly in love with Nyx.
Now, my expectations towards this book were really, really high since I just loved the first two novels in this series. And I wasn’t disappointed or at least not totally.
Estep jumps right back into the action in this third installment in her “Mythos Academy” series. I was captured by her exceptional style of writing, the intriguing plot and awesome characters immediately.
I loved seeing how Gwen develops along with the adventures she masters and how her relationships towards her friend, fellow pupils and especially her crush/almost boyfriend Logan changed along with that. It was just really realistic and very well done so I didn’t have the slightest problems in following her motivations and everything.
Also the new elements Estep introduced in this third volume are surprising and fascinating. Unfortunately I felt that some conclusions were really, really drawn out.
On the one hand I can totally understand that Gwen doesn’t see how everything matches up right at first glance especially since she always has a whole lot of stuff to worry about and to divide her attention between but on the other hand it was so often emphasized that she has photographic memory and some things also were emphasized so, so many times that I really wondered why it took Gwen about 200 pages to come to a conclusion I came to about 150 pages earlier, especially since I as reader didn’t know more about the whole matter than Gwen did.
That was the one thing that kept bugging me throughout the book. Thankfully it wasn’t annoying enough to keep my from enjoying the otherwise fabulous work Estep has done here. So, all in all “Dark Frost” would get about 4,5 star from me and I’m sure that people who liked the first two books will like this one as well.
Jennifer Estep writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington and the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series.
Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups. Jennifer’s books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications.