Monday, 28 May 2012
Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Mythos Academy #3
Publication date: 29th May 2012
Dark Frost definitely has a darker more intense feel to it, the third book in Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy series sees Gwen, her friends and her school under real threat. The very explosive start to Dark Frost really sets the tone for the rest of the book. Gwen and her friends find themselves in the middle of a battle with the Reapers in the Crius Coliseum the museum which showcases artifacts used during the Chaos War. The Reapers are fully prepared to eliminate anyone who gets in their way of finding the Helheim Dagger which they need to free head bad guy Loki from his prison. For the kids of Mythos Academy it's what their training has prepared them for but there is still a sense of real fear, shock and loss when students and museum staff are actually lost in battle. As I said, for me it really sets the tone of the whole book- this battle of good vs evil is real and it's imminent and absolutely everyone at Mythos Academy is in real, real danger.
For Gwen (who I seriously love to bits despite her nosiness) she finds herself face to face with Loki's Champion, the girl who is also responsible for the death of Gwen's mum. Gwen is under real pressure to find the dagger before the Reapers do, her task made all the more poignant by the fact that the dagger was hidden for safekeeping by Gwen's mum when she was at Mythos Academy and like Gwen was Nike's Champion. Gwen finds herself going through her mum's diary to search for possible clues and with her mum's death still very much at the forefront of Gwen's mind this is a particularly heart breaking task.
I loved the darker tone and the developments in both Daphne and Gwen's powers, their struggle is not made any easier by the fact that they are still kids. Gwen really does have a lot of pressure heaped upon her young shoulders. I just about broke my heart on a number of occasions, one in particular with Gwen and Logan and then with Gwen and Nickamedes, Logan's rather grumpy uncle and librarian. Full of action, suspense and some real heart breakingly good but sad moments Dark Frost is not to be missed. The additional tantalising hint of the next instalment Crimson Frost (Crimson= red blood, more danger??? eeeeeck) makes January 2013 seem so far away.
Thanks to the AMAZING Jennifer Estep for the opportunity to read and review Dark Frost before its publication date on the 29th of May.