Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep – a Review
Here we go again …
Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.
As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …
Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep is the 5th book in her Mythos Academy series. Estep continues this story about Gwen Frost and her friends at Mythos Academy. In Midnight Frost, Gwen, who is now Nike’s Champion, is now fully respected by her classmates, teachers, and of course, her friends. Estep has an amazing group of characters that are immensely likable. I have always loved Gwen, and her friend Daphne is also great. When we left off, Gwen survived an attack by Logan, the boy she loves. But she knows that Logan was not in his right mind, being ruled by the evil god, Loki.
While Logan is away recovering from the reapers controlling him, Gwen once again becomes involved in an exciting adventure. While in the library working, Gwen spots a classmate putting something in her water. She realizes he is a reaper, and runs to stop him from getting away. While she wins this battle with the help of her friends, Gwen notices Nickamedes, the librarian takes a sip of her water, and collapses.
The race is on to find the antidote to save Nickamedes, which forces Gwen, and her friends and protectors to follow her to the Colorado faction of Mythos Academy. They all know they are walking into a trap, but they have no choice, other then to be prepared to fight. At the Colorado Mythos Academy, Gwen meets a strange girl, who turns out to be a cousin. Rory is a new addition, and I really liked her; another great new character added by Estep, who creates such good ones, as well and good villains. Vivian and Agrona are the villains who return in this adventure, as they try to kill Gwen, as ordered by their master, Loki.
The crux of the story is when they have to travel to the Eir ruins to find the flower which is the only antidote to save the librarian. It becomes so exciting, as the last third of the book held you at the edge of your seat, unable to put it down. The battle between Gwen and her friends against the reapers was thrilling, with a betrayer in their group. Vivian and Agrona use Roc predators to help fight this battle, and just when things are looking bad, someone shows up to help them. But as usual, the reapers, especially our antagonists always find a way to survive and escape.
There was a part of this story that I so enjoyed. Gwen, Daphne and Rory help a baby gryphon, which will come back later on to help Gwen. I loved the scenes then, and more so later, when we meet the baby gryphon’s family. These scenes were awesome.
Getting to see Nike again, and the Goddess Eir, gives us some answers for Gwen, and yet she still needs more information to help stop Loki, and his Reapers. It was also great to enjoy Vic (her talking sword), and his funny sarcastic comments. I also love Nyx, her fir wolf, though he was only there early on.
If you like Urban Fantasy, with mythology, action, excitement, a number of twists and surprises, and a wonderful young heroine; look no further then Mythos Academy. Midnight Frost was a wonderful enjoyable read, and Jennifer Estep continues to write these books so well, keeping us thoroughly entertained. I cannot wait for the next book, as it is time for Gwen to use her growing powers to defeat Loki.
Reviewed by Barb
Copy provided by Author