Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was immediately enraptured with this book, trying to read it in one sitting just because I couldn’t set it down. Gwen Frost is such an endearing character, appealing to YA-age readers and even older readers (such as myself) who remember what school was like (what life is like) when no one understands you and you just give up trying to make yourself known. Author Jennifer Estep delineates her characters with a light touch, where others might have rendered simply stereotypes. This is true of the characters in and of themselves, even before and beyond their existence as “stuff of legend and myth.”
And that is the added “touch”; Mythos Academy, of which “Touch of Frost” is only, thankfully, the first in a series, is a private boarding school for descendants of gods and warriors. Yes, you read that right: those folks on Olympus, Valhalla, and elsewhere (many elsewhere) really did exist (and still do) and really did commence genetic lineages. Umpteen generations later, those children attend Mythos Academy, located outside Asheville, North Carolina; as did their parents and grandparents. They train to utilize their magic, to act as warriors and denizens of the good. But the Norse god Loki, once a trickster but due to the skewing of circumstances later actually evil, leads his army, the Reapers of Chaos, and those are present at Mythos Academy too-both professor and student-although covert.
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