IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.
Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.
Not one has ever returned.
When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields—though has yet to fully understand—Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.
To kill it.
But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her friends begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.
That is… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.
I requested Shadow Frost from Netgalley as it sounded like the type of fantasy I adore. The main character is not fully trained in her abilities yet, which always interests me as I like to read about training and education in fantasy realms.
I loved the plot so much, it was absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, the writing didn’t always deliver. At the end, when we learn about certain revelations they change the whole connection web of the characters to each other, and I just was so confused as to who was who, and which that had been clarified. Considering the length of the book, there were so many characters and I felt like some of those who played a role in the final battle were not known to me at all.
We mainly got to meet 7 characters in depth, and I still wish that we had found out more about them and their aims. There’s a love triangle of sorts, which disintegrates when one of the two boys finds a new love interest in one of the other boys of the group, which is one of my favourite resolutions of a love triangle ever!
I love books that focus on elemental magic, and this one did just that. It was fascinating to read about the different elements, but I wish a bit more time had been spent on explaining what type of magic the elements can do, and how the three main ones connect to the minor ones.
The moral dilemma of the final battle is still in my head. I truly expected a deus ex machina situation and I’m so happy that it wasn’t one, but oh my god, that dilemma has still got me thinking. What do you do when faced with an impossible choice?
Ultimately, I really wish this book had been double as long, as so many concepts and character connections were not explain satisfactorily.
I loved the story. I just really wish we had had more pages and time to understand the elements and to get to know the characters. I will want to read the sequel when it comes out, as I want to know what happens in the story.
Trigger warnings: death, trauma.
Will you be reading Shadow Frost?