Title: Touch of Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2011
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.
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.