Touch of Frost (Review)

Book cover for "Touch of Frost" by Jennifer Estep.Title: Touch of Frost

Author: Jennifer Estep

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 336

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Gwen Frost is an outsider at Mythos Academy, a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword. Gwen is an outsider both to the students of the Academy and the rest of the world. But when her gift of psychometry – the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it reveals dark undercurrents and danger afoot, she has no choice but to get involved.

(This is the first book in the Mythos Academy series, after First Frost (novella).)

I was totally into Greek and Roman mythology when I was a teenager, and I would’ve loved reading this book back then. I would’ve been so jealous of Gwen, getting to attend a school where they taught ancient myths and where everyone had magic, even though it’s clear from the beginning that she didn’t feel the same way.

Touch of Frost is really a broad introduction to the world of the series and to the major characters that populate it. On top of that, there’s the layer where it’s just a story about a girl trying to fit into a new school after losing her mother. The usual stuff applies: difficulty making friends, bullies, etc.

What I really liked about the book was the way that Gwen struggles with accepting the responsibility that comes with having psychometry and with being the next person inheriting her family legacy. I think it was written really well, and Estep managed to create a story that was realistic enough to appeal to teenagers but also with enough fantasy elements to keep it interesting.


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