Author: Jennifer Estep
Reviewer: Gikany and Una
What We’re Talking About:
Gikany and Una are bereft to inform you that we have indeed read the last of the Mythos Academy books. Killer Frost is a bittersweet read only in that we say goodbye to Gwen and her friends and this rich and wondrous world. However, Killer Frost is an exceedingly brilliant novel that ties up all the loose ends simply and poignantly.
Throughout the Mythos Academy series, Gwen has been the underdog, the unlikely hero. Surrounded at the Academy by Amazons, Valkyries, Spartans, Ninjas and other great warriors, Gwen is different. Her magic lies in psychometry – not really a fearsome offensive weapon. But Nike chose Gwen to be her champion anyway. Was it her fierce determination, her stubborn will, or her innate compassion and kindness? Rest assured fans and readers, the answer is revealed! Gikany and Una always wondered why Gwen was chosen, she seemed so outmatched, especially taking into consideration that Loki’s champion is a Valkyrie. Nike is one smart cookie – this explains why she is the Goddess of Victory. The clues were there all along but, as is the nature of the gods, you needed the right circumstances and context to understand them. Gwen truly is the embodiment of a Champion.
This book is all about the final battle, Gwen facing Loki. However, as we build up to this final moment there are many different pieces that first needed to be locked into place. Getting there was not just full of suspense and adventure, but emotionally charged as well. We loved seeing how well Gwen’s friends not only know her, but love her. They do what they can to support her. Part of what makes this series so rich is the group of supporting characters. Not just Gwen’s friends, but other allies – some obvious and some not so. They add humor, humanity and pathos.
One thing that we respected and loved about Killer Frost was the reality check at the end. Once the dust settles, these people will never be the same. We were not spared the reality of a great battle’s aftermath. In this world, where Loki and his followers have affected each and every student and teacher, it would be insulting to not endure their losses with them. Some have lost friends, parents, etc. during this time of turmoil. The great final battle requires more sacrifices and losses. Ms. Estep did not give us a magical rainbow at the end where everything was wonderful and only the antagonists suffered losses. There was grieving and rebuilding overshadowing the end, for both sides of this conflict. Considering everything that these characters went through, it gave the reader a realistic ending. However, it is brimming with hope. They will rebuild and move on, even if it takes time, they will continue on.
Gwen’s role in this world is over. It is appropriate that her story ends here. As much as we love her and her friends, the premise of this series, Gwen becoming Nike’s Champion and facing Loki, has been concluded. We loved the glimpses of her future granted to us. But the best part was that not everything has been written and Gwen still has free will and new memories to embark on.
This is a rich world with promise for other adventures. We hope that maybe Ms. Estep can revisit our friends here and perhaps bring us a new hero or heroine with their adventures. You never can predict what the gods may do so we hope for more in this world. Yet, even if they don’t, this glimpse of the world was breathtaking! Thank you for sharing Gwen and the Mythos Academy with us!
If you haven’t tried this Young Adult series, pick it up! It’s a fabulous series for those junior high school age and older. What is great is that it works as a parent/child reading project. There are wonderful moments of growth and education that can be found for discussion. Plus, there is nothing more important than sharing reading, sharing stories with your children. So what are you waiting for? Go and pick up the Mythos Academy series and enjoy Gwen and her adventure!
Rating: A: Loved It
And a special rating for the Mythos Academy series
A+ Personal Favorite
About the Book:
I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.
Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.
Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Series: Mythos Academy #6
Genre: Young Adult (Urban Fantasy)
Format(s): paperback (384 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher
Killer Frost (Mythos Academy #6)
Reviews in the Series:
Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #3)
Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #4)
Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #4.5)
Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #5)