Review: Frost by E. Latimer

Name: Frost
Author: E. Latimer
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Pages: 334
Format: E-book
Received: Purchased
Published: August 25th 2015 by Patchwork Press
Stars: 4/5

Book Description:

Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying.

When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ranorak, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.

Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.

Review:

I am very protective of my favoured mythologies, for a lack of a better word. By that, I mean that I hold them in high regard, and rarely seek fiction based on said mythology, as the liberties taken can detract fr my enjoyment of the work.

So, having said that, let me now say that Frost does not suffer from this. Yes, there are some liberties taken – as is the case with adapting any well-known legend into a world that makes sense for the story being told.

However, those are only there to lay the groundwork for the story, the foundation upon which the characters sit.

The characters themselves – some taken right from Norse Mythology, and others of the author:s creation – are very intriguing. Throughout the majority of the book, I had to keep trying to guess who the love interest would be – and I still feel unsure!

The tension, while slow in the beginning is quickly ratcheted up, to the point where I simply HAD to keep reading, if only to fund out what happened next.

So, with all of that – the great characters, the suspenseful action and intriguing personal drama, not to mention a non-obvious romance… why would I give this a 4/5 rating?

From the moment of being effectively kidnapped, Megan gets thrown into a world of Norse Gods, Frost Giants, and so much crazy that her readiness to accept it borders on unrealistic. In connection to this, while she sporadically thinks of her Aunt and Uncle, we never see them again.

Now, I do acknowledge this is a limitation of the first-person narrative, but it feels like something left hanging. More so when you consider that not just Megan, but half a dozen High School aged girls went missing from the same school at almost the same time.

I’m not saying the story should have been focused on that, just that an idea of what is going on in the quote-unquote “real” world would have allowed some closure on that particular thread.

However, I did enjoy the book overall, a very exciting look into a mythology I have great fondness for, and cannot wait for the sequel… ya hear that, Erin? I’m waiting!

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