Early Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

, by Kt Clapsadl

Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Mythos Academy #3

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.

Gwen's been through a world of deadly experiences since she started at Mythos Academy. As Nike's warrior she's a direct target for the Reapers, but unlike them she hasn't trained since birth. Turns up her mother hid the Helheim Dagger, the only thing standing in the way of the evil Loki's release. Gwen is the only one with a chance at finding it before the Reapers. Nothing has ever been more important in her life, and everyone is counting on her. At least she has her friends at her side and things are definitely heating up between her and Logan. She'll need every moment of happiness she can get to prepare for the coming fight.

In Kiss of Frost I was very annoyed with Gwen's backtracking in maturity. But in Dark Frost those worries are long gone. She doesn't make the same mistakes of not asking for help when she needed it. Also, a lot of the teen angst drama was toned down. I was incredibly impressed with this because there were several times where other very close to her characters treated her horribly, yet she took the high road each time. I will admit that her reaction to the ending events worried me a little, but considering the shock of what happened, I'm almost surprised it wasn't worse. Still it will take her time to accept what happened and her role in those events. Even so, I have a lot more confidence in her ability to handle things now than I would have prior to reading Dark Frost. She may have a ways to go yet, but she's definitely on the right path now.

The relationship between Logan and Gwen is moving along at such a slow crawling pace. For every step forward they make, they take two steps back, which really drives me nuts because I love the two of them together. Quite frankly, I don't get the stalling nature of their relationship. They really care for each other, so why in the world are things still wishy washy between them? Although in all honestly I think a lot of their problems stem from each of their own insecurities. If only they would open up just a little to one another, they probably could have avoided most of the issues between them. I will say that they seemed to make some progress in Dark Frost, I'm still skeptical about it sticking. Only time will tell I guess.

Everything really hit the fan in Dark Frost and there definitely will be major repercussions and fallout to come in the future. With all the shockers and reveals, I can't imagine what things are going to be like for Gwen and everyone else against the reapers, but I can pretty much guarantee nothing will be easy. That being said, I really enjoy how these books don't end on a cliffhanger as it makes for a refreshing read since I feel satisfied rather than bereft at the end. Full of mystery, danger, great mythology and even a little romance, Dark Frost and the rest of the Mythos Academy are books you won't want to miss! 

(Received a copy from the publisher)

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  1. Touch of Frost
  2. Kiss of Frost 
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