Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Mythos Academy, Book 3

Synopsis: 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. 

Review: I was impatient to read this book since Kiss of Frost because of its end. I really liked the first volume, which surprised me in many ways, however, it was a little different for the second one and I wondered how it would be with the third. Well I have to say that I ultimately preferred this one as the previous was a little too predictable.

Gwen is back from her vacation, more determined than ever to find the dagger from her mother,  by all means. But the reapers will be there as well and will complicate her mission. Well, it will be very difficult for our heroine from the start of the book (really! Since the first pages!). Indeed she is attacked and some persons are murdered at the museum where she was for a work. This volume is a turning point in the story and presents many things we wanted since the beginning of the series.

We also hoped for a progression in the relationship between Logan and Gwen and it is finally in this volume that we understand what is happening or what will happen. I really like the Spartan, though some of his choices are not always the wisest. It was hard for me to admit that he could not understand what was happening or to know why he doesn’t want her to know more about him, but it is also what makes the complexity of this character.

And what about Gwen? She has a lot more responsibilities here and I’m always impressed to see how she manages to handle all the events. She has considerably evolved since the first volume; it’s pretty impressive to see the woman she has become, especially when we know that she didn’t know this world until recently. She is more calm, more ready to find solutions to their problems or even just ready to fight. Who remembers the girl who did not know how to handle a sword? Well yes, now it’s a little easier for her, well, of course, She is not REALLY that good, but she slowly manages to learn.

I was also very surprised to find the Fenrir of the second volume here, and I must say that I love this animal and we try throughout the book to understand what she really wants. It was a very good idea to introduce her to us and I’m curious to see what will happen in the next volume.

We also discover the Loki’s champion, a person I did not expect at all. Well we suspect a lot of characters, but I didn’t really think it would be this one. I feel that the rest of the story will be epic now that we discover gradually the truth.

Another good third book and I’ll read the fourth with pleasure.

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