"Midnight Frost" is a perfect example of author Jennifer Estep at her best when writing a book that adds another chapter to the Gwen Frost saga (the Mythos Academy series). While this looks to be a lengthy series of books, each one holds its own because of the feisty character of the protagonist, Gwen, and the well scripted action scenes.
The author describes the series on her website: The Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.
So Gwen is a student at Mythos Academy. While she doesn't fit in with most of the students, she has her cadre of friends, including Logan, a Spartan who can maim or kill with any household item. That's a handy skill to have in this world where mythology meets the human world and there are evil "Reapers" trying to free the most evil god, Loki, so that terror can rule the world.
Gwen has been chosen to be the champion of "Nike," the goddess of victory. As such, she is targeted by the Reapers, who have tried to kill her throughout the stories. One appealing story line is Gwen rescuing a trapped mythological animal and then having that animal save her. That's how she has ended up with a Fenrir wolf puppy. In this story something similar, although predictable, happens.
Logan's uncle, Nickamedes, the head librarian, is poisoned with a deadly plant toxin meant for Gwen. To find the antidote, Gwen and her friends must travel to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. It's a perilous trip for them since the Reapers used that particular poison to entice them onto the only mountain-top where the plant for the antidote grows.
As in all the books, there is action aplenty, although this books lacks much of the usual romance because Logan isn't around for most of the story. As in all the stories, however, there is a nice ending which leaves the reader waiting for the next installment.
If this sounds like a story line you'd enjoy, begin the adventure with "Touch of Frost," the first book. The other books in the series are "Kiss of Frost," "Dark Frost," "Crimson Frost," and an e-book, "First Frost."
Please note: This review is based on the advance reader's copy provided by the publisher, KTeen (Kensington), for review purposes.
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