Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3) by Jennifer Estep

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3) by Jennifer EstepDark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3) by Jennifer Estep
Published by Kensington on May 29, 2012
Pages: 336

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.

I can’t begin to describe the euphoria I felt when I finally was able to get my hands on Dark Frost. A couple months back I devoured the first two Frost books which in turn left me with an insatiable appetite for the continuation of Gwen Frost’s story. I find the Mythos Academy series extremely addicting. It’s so easy to get lost in this literary world of vengeful gods, talking swords, Spartans, gypsies, fenrir wolves and so forth. The story is bulging with non-stop action, humor, and suspense. Although this is the third book and a lot has happened in the last two installments, I truly feel like the “real” story is just beginning. After Dark Frost leaves off, Gwen is left with another and even greater challenge that is sure to come with a lot more difficulties and heartbreak. One thing that the Frost books do extremely well is maintaining a dark, gritty, and believable world. There’s real danger literally at every corner, or at least every level of the Mythos Academy Library. No one is safe. People die, not just randoms, but loved ones as well.

Gwen Frost also known as “gypsy girl” and now “Nike’s champion” hasn’t gotten any closer to a normal and reasonably-calm life. Although she’s settled into a pretty decent routine of training, classes, work, and homework; she’s still got many more problems to deal with. Besides desperately searching for the missing Helheim dagger that is the only thing keeping the vengeful, god Loki from breaking free, Gwen’s struggling in multiple relationship departments. Logan is per usual being standoffish although at the end of the last book it seemed like the duo were making progress. Then you have Gwen’s besty, Daphne, who’s also recently been keeping her distant from Gwen for unknowable reasons. Besides struggling to keep her various relationships afloat, a new enemy we met in the last book referred to as “reaper girl” seems to match, even have an advantage over Gwen’s powers. Add in a massacre, creepy voices, and other reaper shenanigans and you’ve got another averagely sucky-day in Gwen Frost’s Mythos Academy daily life.

I feel like Gwen’s character did a tremendous amount of growing in this book by going through a lot of self-discovery. Although Gwen, from day one, has always been extremely protective of her family and friends, in this book she comes to realize that given the path Nike has bestowed upon her, there’s a good chance that they might not all make it through. Gwen struggles with wanting to keep her friends and family safe yet simultaneously stopping Loki’s plan to throw the world into chaos.

A huge theme in Dark Frost is “sacrifice”. They’re are a couple sacrifices made throughout Dark Frost, but one in particular is extremely devastating yet bittersweet. It proves that although dark times are ahead for Gwen and her friends, there’s still a sliver of light shining through, promising that good can prevail.

There were a lot of great reveals in Dark Frost but after finishing the book you’re left with another dozen or so new questions. Although there were a lot of darker moments in the book you could still find small rays of light here and there. All the great characters were back, and although Gwen’s relationships were a bit rocky in the beginning, by the end everyone came out a strong unit once again. After Dark Frost lets off, Gwen is forced with yet again another brutally tough decision which I can’t wait to see play out in the next book.


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