“Dark Frost” by Jennifer Estep is the next in the mesmerizing Mythos Academy series, a group of young adult paranormal books that follow Gwen Frost, the seventeen year old Gypsy who has the gift of psychometry (the ability to read past events by touching an object). She and her friends are continuing to train against the threat of the Reapers of Chaos who are trying to regain the Helheim dagger so that they can free the imprisoned god Loki. Gwen doubts her abilities as the champion of Nike even though she has the magical sword Vic to help her but she is slowly improving in her fighting skills. The Fenrir wolf that she saved becomes an unlikely ally but Gwen seems destined to lose to the Reaper girl who has frightening access to almost everywhere, including the ostensibly protected campus. Gwen is also troubled by her nebulous relationship to Logan Quinn, the Spartan that she has long admired who is reluctant to commit despite the beautiful necklace he has given her. Everyone has secrets and Logan is no exception. The question is whether Gwen is going to survive long enough to figure out where the dagger is, what she means to Logan and how to get through all of her classes at Mythos. Naturally, some of those goals are more important to her than others.
The books in this series never fail to provide a very entertaining story that conjures up both the paranormal world and a typical high school environment complete with gossip, bullying and plenty of angst. Gwen is not such an outsider as before and is grappling with her own inadequacies as well as the startling revelations about some of her schoolmates but she is starting to find a little self-confidence. Her on-again off-again relationship with Logan as well as the communication difficulty that she encounters with her friend Daphne mirror the awkwardness that many young adults face as they struggle with their identities and this is compounded by the serious tasks that these special youngsters face. There is a heartwarming additional thread involving the Fenrir wolf that will appeal to anyone who tried to sneak in a four-footed addition to the family as well as additional revelations about Gwen’s mom. Another intriguing chapter in Gwen’s life delivered in an enjoyable tale that combines amazing fight scenes, glimpses of mythological figures and the drama of teen life.
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.
"A great start to a new young adult paranormal series." –Night Owl Reviews