Dark Frost (Mythos Academy Series #3)

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy Series #3)

by Jennifer Estep

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An amazingly addictive new series. –Fresh Fiction

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.

Praise for Touch of Frost

"A great start to a new young adult paranormal series." –Night Owl Reviews

"At the Mythos Academy, surviving high school means staying alive!" –Kerrelyn Sparks

"It has literally everything: mystery, romance, mythology, boarding schools. What could be better?" --Simply Nerdy Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758280039
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Series: Mythos Academy Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 57,688
File size: 761 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep is constantly prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer is the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. She writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups. Jennifer's books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications. To learn more about her, visit jenniferestep.com. You can also sign up for Jennifer's fan page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Goodreads.

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DARK FROST

A Mythos Academy Novel
By Jennifer Estep

K TEEN BOOKS

Copyright © 2012 Jennifer Estep
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-6696-5


Chapter One

"If you guys don't stop making out, I'm going to be sick."

Daphne Cruz giggled and laid another loud, smacking kiss on her boyfriend, Carson Callahan. Princess pink sparks of magic shot off my best friend's fingertips and flickered in the air around the couple, the tiny rainbows of color almost as bright as Carson's flaming cheeks.

I rolled my eyes. "Seriously, seriously sick."

Daphne quit kissing Carson long enough to turn and stare at me. "Oh, get over it, Gwen. We're not making out. Not in this stuffy old museum."

I raised an eyebrow. "Really? Then why is Carson wearing more of your lip gloss than you are?"

Carson's blush deepened, his dusky brown skin taking on a fiery, tomato tint. The band geek pushed his black glasses up his nose and swiped his hand over his mouth, trying to scrub away the remains of the lip gloss, but all he really did was get pink glitter all over his fingers. Daphne giggled, then pressed another kiss to the band geek's lips.

I sighed. "C'mon, c'mon. Break it up, lovebirds. The museum closes at five, and we haven't seen half the artifacts we're supposed to for myth-history class."

"Fine," Daphne pouted, stepping away from Carson. "Be a spoilsport."

I rolled my eyes again. "Yeah, well, this spoilsport happens to be concerned about her grades. So, let's go to the next room. There are supposed to be some really cool weapons in there, according to the exhibit brochure."

Daphne crossed her arms over her chest. She narrowed her black eyes and glared at me for interrupting her fun, but she and Carson followed me as I stepped through a doorway and left the main part of the museum behind.

It was a few days after New Year's, and the three of us were in the Crius Coliseum, a museum located on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina. Visiting a museum didn't exactly top my list of fun things to do, but all the second-year students at Mythos Academy were supposed to schlep over to the coliseum sometime during the winter holidays to view a special exhibit of artifacts. Since classes started back at the academy in the morning, today was our last chance to finish the assignment. It was bad enough that I and all the other warrior whiz kids at Mythos were being trained to fight the Reapers of Chaos. But homework over the holidays, too? That was so not fair.

Daphne, Carson, and I had gotten here about three o'clock, and we'd been wandering around the museum for the last ninety minutes, going from one display to the next. From the outside, the Crius Coliseum looked like just another building, just another museum, tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains in and around the city.

Inside, though, it was a different story.

Walking through the front door of the museum was like stepping back in time to ancient Rome. The main room had been designed to resemble a grand coliseum, and white marble rolled out as far as the eye could see, broken up by towering pillars. Gold, silver, and bronze leaf glinted here and there on the walls before spreading up to cover the entire ceiling in dazzling disks of color. Sapphires and rubies burned like colorful coals in the necklaces and rings on display, while the fine silks and other garments shimmered inside their glass cases, looking as light and delicate as spun sugar. The museum staff even wore long, flowing white togas, adding to the effect.

But it wasn't just ancient Rome that was on display. Every room had a specific theme and displayed a different culture, from Norse to Greek to Russian to Japanese and all the lands and peoples in between. That's because the coliseum was devoted to members of the Pantheon. Gods, goddesses, ancient warriors, mythological creatures—the Pantheon was a group of good magic guys who'd originally joined forces to save the world.

Way back in the day, the evil Norse trickster god Loki had tried to enslave everyone and had plunged the world into the long, bloody Chaos War. But the members of the Pantheon had risen up to stop Loki and his followers, the Reapers of Chaos. Eventually, the other gods and goddesses had locked Loki away in a mythological prison, far removed from the mortal realm. Now, the coliseum showcased the artifacts—jewelry, clothing, armor, weapons, and more—that both sides had used during the Chaos War and other battles. Despite Loki's imprisonment, the fight between the Pantheon and the Reapers had continued over the years with new generations of warriors and creatures battling one another.

Of course, what most people didn't realize was that Loki was thisfreakingclose to breaking free of his prison and starting another Chaos War. It was something I thought about all the time, though—especially since I was somehow supposed to stop the evil god from escaping.

"This is cool," Daphne said.

She pointed to a curved bow inside a glass case. The bow was made out of a single piece of onyx, inlaid with bits of gold scrollwork, and strung with several thin golden threads. A matching onyx quiver sat next to the bow, although only a single golden arrow lay inside the slender tube.

Daphne leaned down and read the bronze plaque mounted on the pedestal below the weapon. "This says that the bow once belonged to Sigyn, the Norse goddess of devotion, and that every time you pull the arrow out of the quiver, another one appears to take its place. Okay, now that's wicked cool."

"I like this better," Carson said, pointing to a curled ivory horn that resembled a small, handheld tuba. Bits of onyx glimmered on the smooth surface. "It says it's the Horn of Roland. Not sure what it does, though."

I blinked. I'd been so lost in my thoughts about Loki, Reapers, and the Pantheon that I'd just been wandering around, instead of actually looking at the artifacts like we were supposed to.

We stood in an enormous circular room filled with weapons. Swords, staffs, spears, daggers, bows, and throwing stars glinted from within glass cases and in spots on the walls, next to oil paintings of mythological battles. The entire back wall was made out of the same white marble as the rest of the museum, although a variety of mythological creatures had been carved into the surface. Gryphons, gargoyles, dragons, chimeras, Gorgons with snakelike hair and cruel smiles.

An ancient knight dressed in full battle armor perched on a stuffed horse on a raised dais in the center of the room. The knight had a lance in his hand and looked like he was about to charge forward and skewer the wax figure of a Roman centurion that also stood on the dais, his sword raised to fend off the charging knight. Other figures were scattered throughout the area, including a Viking wearing a horned helmet who was poised to bring his massive battle-axe down onto the shield of the Spartan standing next to him. A few feet away, two female figures representing a Valkyrie and an Amazon held swords and dispassionately watched the Viking and the Spartan in their eternal epic battle.

I stared at the Viking and the Spartan, and, for a moment, their features flickered and seemed to move. Their wax lips drew up into angry snarls; their fingers tightened around the hilts of their weapons; their whole bodies tensed up in anticipation of the battle that was to come. I shivered and looked away. My Gypsy gift, my psychometry magic, had been acting up ever since we'd entered the museum.

"Hmph. Well, I don't think that bow is so bloody special," a voice with a snooty English accent muttered. "I think it's rather boring. Ordinary, even."

I looked down at the source of the voice: Vic, the sword sheathed in the black leather scabbard hanging off my waist. Vic wasn't your typical sword. For starters, instead of having a plain hilt, the sword actually had half a face inlaid into the silver metal there. A single ear, a hooked nose, a slash of a mouth. All that joined together to form the sword's hilt, along with a round bulge of an eye. It always seemed to me like there was a man trapped inside the metal, trying to get out. I didn't know exactly who or what Vic was, other than rude, bossy, and bloodthirsty. The sword was always going on and on and on about how we should go find some Reapers to kill.

Actually, there was just one Reaper I wanted to kill—the girl who'd murdered my mom.

A crumpled car. A sword slicing through the rain. And blood—so much blood ...

The memories of my mom's murder bubbled to the surface of my mind, threatening to overwhelm me, but I pushed them away and forced myself to focus on my friends, who were still staring at the onyx bow and ivory horn.

I'd brought Vic along today because I thought he might enjoy seeing the items on display. Besides, I'd needed someone to talk to while Daphne and Carson had been giggling and tongue-wrestling with each other. The two of them were so into each other that it was rather disgusting at times, especially given the sad state of my own love life.

"It's just a bow, after all," Vic continued. "Not anything important. Not a real weapon."

I rolled my eyes. Oh, yeah. Vic talked, too—mostly about how awesome he was.

"Well, some of us happen to like bows," Daphne sniffed, looking down at the sword.

"And that's what's wrong with you, Valkyrie," Vic said.

The sword stared at her. Vic only had one eye, and it was a curious color—not quite purple but not quite gray either. Really, Vic's eye reminded me of the color of twilight, that soft shade that streaked the sky just before the world went dark for the night.

"And you, Celt," Vic said, turning his attention to Carson. "Gwen told me that you prefer to use a staff. A staff! It doesn't even have a bloody point on the end of it. Disgraceful, the things they're teaching you warrior kids at Mythos these days."

Every kid who went to Mythos Academy was some sort of warrior, including the three of us. Daphne was a Valkyrie, Carson was a Celt, and I was a Gypsy, all of us the descendants of the Pantheon warriors who'd first taken on Loki and his Reapers. Now, we carried on that tradition in modern times by going to the academy and learning how to use whatever skills and magic we had to fight against the Reapers of Chaos. And we weren't the only ones. Vikings, Romans, Amazons, Ninjas, Samurais, Spartans. All those warriors and more could be found at the academy.

"Disgraceful, I say," Vic crowed again.

Carson looked at me. I just shrugged. I'd only had Vic a few months, but I'd quickly learned there was no controlling the mouthy sword. Vic said whatever he liked, whenever he liked, as loudly as he liked. And if you dared to disagree with him, he was more than happy to discuss the matter further—while I pressed his blade up against your throat.

Vic and Daphne glared at each other before the Valkyrie turned to Carson and started talking to the band geek about how cool the bow was. I wandered through the rest of the room, peering at the other artifacts. Vic kept up his running monologue about how swords were the only real weapons, with him, of course, being the best sword ever. I made agreeing noises when appropriate. It was easier than trying to argue with him.

Daphne and Carson continued to look at the bow, and Vic finished his rant and fell silent once more. I was reading about a ball of silver thread that had belonged to Ariadne, who gave it to Theseus to help him find his way through the labyrinth where the Minotaur was kept, when shoes tapped on the floor and someone walked up beside me.

"Gwendolyn Frost," a snide voice murmured. "Fancy seeing you here."

I turned and found myself face-to-face with a forty-something-year-old guy with black hair, cold blue eyes, and skin that was as white as the marble floor. He wore a dark blue suit and a pair of wingtips that had a higher polish than most of the glass cases in the room. I would have thought him handsome if I hadn't known exactly how uptight and prissy he was—and how very much he hated me.

I sighed. "Nickamedes. What are you doing here?"

"Overseeing the exhibit, of course. Most of the artifacts on display are on loan from the Library of Antiquities."

Nickamedes was the head honcho at the Library of Antiquities, which was located on the Mythos Academy campus not too far away in Cypress Mountain, North Carolina. In addition to books, the massive library was famous for its priceless collection of artifacts. Hundreds and hundreds of glass cases filled the library's seven floors, containing items that had once belonged to everyone from gods and goddesses to their Champions to the Reapers they had battled.

I supposed it made sense that the Crius Coliseum had borrowed some artifacts from the library—that was probably the reason the Mythos students had been assigned to come here in the first place. So they'd be forced to look at and study the items they walked past and ignored on a daily basis at the library.

Nickamedes stared at me, not looking a bit happier to see me than I was to have run into him. His mouth twisted. "I see that you and your friends waited until the last possible second to come and complete your myth-history assignment, along with a great many of your classmates."

Morgan McDougall, Samson Sorensen, Savannah Warren. I'd spotted several kids I knew roaming through the coliseum. All seventeen or so, like me, Daphne, and Carson, and all second-year students at Mythos, trying to cram in a visit to the museum before winter classes.

"I've been busy," I muttered.

Nickamedes let out a disbelieving huff. "Right."

Anger filled me. I had been busy. Very busy, as a matter of fact. Not too long ago, I'd learned that the Reapers were searching for the Helheim Dagger, which was rumored to be one of the Thirteen Artifacts that had been used during the final battle of the Chaos War. All of the Thirteen Artifacts had a lot of power, since they'd seen action during the climactic fight. But what made the weapon so important—what truly scared me—was the fact that the dagger could be used to free Loki from the prison realm he was trapped in.

I was determined to find the dagger before the Reapers did, so during the holidays I'd read everything I could get my hands on about the weapon. Who might have made it, how it might have been used during the Chaos War, even what powers it might have. But all the books and articles I'd read didn't tell me what I really wanted to know: where my mom, Grace, had hidden the dagger before she'd been murdered—or how I was supposed to find it before the Reapers did.

Of course, I couldn't tell Nickamedes all that. He wouldn't believe I'd been doing something useful, something important, during the holiday break. No doubt Nickamedes thought I'd just been sitting around reading comic books and eating cookies like I did so many nights when I was working for him in the Library of Antiquities. Yeah, yeah, so maybe I wasn't all that dedicated when it came to my after-school job. Sue me for wanting to goof off and have a little fun before I had to face down another crazy Reaper who thought I was more powerful and important than I really was.

Still, despite the librarian's frosty attitude, I couldn't help glancing around the room, hoping I'd see a guy my age with him—a guy with the most beautiful eyes I'd ever seen and a sly, teasing grin to match.

"Is Logan here with you?" I couldn't keep the hope out of my voice.

Nickamedes had opened his mouth when a voice interrupted him.

"Right here, Gypsy girl." A low voice sent chills down my spine.

My heart pounding, I slowly turned around. Logan Quinn stood behind me.

Thick, wavy, ink black hair, intense ice blue eyes, a confident smile. My breath caught in my throat as I looked at Logan, and my heart sped up, beating with such force that I was sure he could hear it.

Logan wore jeans and a dark blue sweater topped by a black leather jacket. The clothes were designer, of course, since the Spartan was just as rich as all the other academy kids. But even if he'd been dressed in rags, I still would have noticed the lean strength of his body and his broad, muscled shoulders. Yeah, Logan totally rocked the bad-boy look, and he had the man-whore reputation to match. One of the rumors that kept going around the academy was that Logan signed the mattresses of every girl he slept with, just so he could keep track of them all.

(Continues...)



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Dark Frost 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
Dark Frost, Estep's action-packed third novel in the Mythos Academy Series, is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Gwen and her friends are back again, and while we don't get to see as much of Daphne and Carson this time, we do get to learn a lot more about Logan and Grandma Frost. Also, the wolf is back from the last book, and we get to know more about her. On top of all of that, the Reaper attacks start on page one. I spent at least 3/4 of the novel wondering if Gwen and her family and friends were going to make it. So with all of this wonderful suspense, why, you may ask, did I give this book an A- instead of an A+? Well the answer is simple. Gwen really annoyed me at some points, and she seemed a bit... well... dense. I tried to realize that it's easier for me to see what's going on, who's guilty, etc. when I'm on the outside looking in, but at the end of the day, she was still just really stupid. I'm not sure what happened to her to make her dumb in this book, but I think the whole thing could have been handled in a way that didn't make Gwen seem like she lost over half of her brain cells in between the last book and this one. As soon as everything had run its course and the next book had been set up, her intelligence seemed to come back. Maybe she was just really confused. She was facing things she'd never seen before, but it almost felt like some plot device. I'm trying to give Estep the benefit of a doubt with this, though, because I really do love her work. While Gwen did annoy me, she at least grew as a character throughout the novel. So did Logan. I was proud of both of them by the end of the book, and the ending tied everything up nicely and set up the next book. I also enjoyed getting to see more of Grandma Frost and learning more about her. She was always one of my favorite characters, so it was nice to get to see more of her. We also got to know Gwen's mom a bit more, even though she's dead. That kind of helped flesh out the memories of her mother that Gwen has. Also, we learned Logan's secrets. He's an idiot for part of the book as well, but he's a guy type of idiot. You'll see what I'm talking about when you pick up this copy. We also got to learn a bit more about Nickamedes and why he has a such a giant stick up his butt. My favorite addition, however, was the Fenrir Wolf. I was so glad to get to know her more, and Estep really did a beautiful job of showing how much difference an animal can make in a person's life. Gwen's interactions with the wolf had to be my favorite parts of the novel. The plot is intriguing, but I knew who the bad people were and what was going on long before Gwen did. I really feel that could have been handled a bit differently, but the action kept me turning the pages. I had to see who was going to die when, or if anyone was. There were a lot of fight scenes. The scenes weren't graphic, thankfully, but they did hold my interest. There was a certain feel of urgency throughout the novel that definitely kept me hooked until the very end. The pacing was spot-on, and I didn't feel that the story lagged anywhere. There was no real cliff-hanger, but there is a major thing that's unresolved. However, that thing may not be resolved for many books to come. Overall I enjoyed this book, and I feel that it makes a terrific edition to the series. If you're a fan of mythology, or paranormal romance, then you'll want to pick this book up for sure.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Dark Frost is the book in the Mythos Academy where things really begin to change; the stakes are raised, true losses are felt, and some huge events are fully set in motion. New characters are introduced, both good and bad, and some loose ends are finally tied up (well- sort of). And it was while reading this third book in the series that I realized how many similarities it bears to Harry Potter - in this case, Dark Frost would be like Harry Potter 4 & 5 which are notably the books where significant deaths occur and everyone starts to realize they're growing up. Teen angst overload included. The difference is that Mythos Academy definitely has a slightly older feel to it, and more modern (and I have to say that it does lack a certain wizarding charm- but that's extremely hard to come by)! Reasons to Read: 1.Everything gets taken up a notch: Seriously, EVERYTHING is just that much better and amped up in this one. The fight scenes, the mystery, the villains, and yes, even the kissing! Dark Frost is the book where we really get to see Gwen & company begin to grow up and mature into older teens/young adults. They have important decisions to make that will ultimately affect many future events. 2.There's real, genuine loss: It may sound kind of twisted to make this a reason to read, but I appreciate books when things don't turn out perfectly happy and everything's left risk-free. The death of characters is always a hard thing to deal with, but it's handled expertly here. A few meaningful, powerful deaths make this book an unforgettable one that quickly change the direction of the series, and make it far more impressive than it was at first. There's just something terribly haunting about it, that makes it all the more lovely in a bittersweet sort of way. 3.We finally get to see some of the REAL Gwen- and boy, is she something!: Gwen's been hiding away for the first couple of books- not entirely reaching her full potential, and rather content to remain in the shadows within the background. But she's finally forced to step out, and we begin to see just hints of what she might be capable of... it's terrifying for her, understandably, and we definitely get to see more of her character (oh, and along with learning more about Logan FINALLY). I also realize that I need to back up my Harry Potter claims - and this is the one thing where I found it kind of took away from the story overall. It's a bit of a complaint I have with Harry Potter as well, but I found it to be a tad too formulaic. You have your super special snowflake teen, with dead parents (who kept a number of secrets, including that their kid is super special). You have the angry, bitter teacher (who used to have a certain crush...) and the older wise and kindly mentor. A weakened villain trying to take over and kill everyone, and a super secret league of bad guys (a.k.a. thugs). And a lovable pet. It just feels TOO overdone for me, and far too predictable by now since these concepts are found in so many other books. Yet it only barely took away from my enjoyment. Because it's still a formula that works, and works very well. These types of books are an easy buy, just because it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll love them and there's something to be said for that. ARC received from publisher for review.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I've eagerly awaited the newest book every time one comes out in this series. I've grown kind of attached this band of teenagers and the odd school they inhabit. But then, I've always had a particular love for mythology and this definitely fits the bill. I think what I find most endearing about Gwen is that she doesn't think she's the bad ass that she really is. She has all these powers and she's hesitant to use them anymore than she has to. In fact, she has powers that she doesn't even really know about. Since she's never managed to really make friends, she loyal to the one's she's made at Mythos. Even when those friends are treating her like crap because of her own abilities that she can't really control. But, she's not a pushover. She stands up for what she believes in and those she loves. Sometimes series feel like they drag on and never really get to the point. While there is element that kind of does this (are Logan and Gwen together or not), the story has wasted no time getting to the point. The Reapers will get what they desire no matter what the cost is. I knew we were ultimately headed to a showdown between Loki, his champion, and his followers. I didn't expect to meet them all so soon. I also was not expecting Loki's champion to be hiding right under our noses. Gwen goes through a lot in this book. Despite some setbacks, she really grows into her character. She has to witness Daphne alienate her and Logan shun her. Still she's willing to sacrifice it all to stop Loki from becoming unbound. I kept waiting for someone to step in and help her save the world. Sadly it's the wolf who comes and she's injured in the process (man I love that wolf..whole other story). Gwen seems really downcast at the end of this book. I think she really expected to save the day and when it didn't happen that way it really hurt her. I'm curious as to were this story will go next and if Gwen can fully pick up the pieces and become the champion she needs to be.
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Dark Frost By: Jennifer Estep Copyright: June 2012 Publisher: K teen 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. Leaving a summer assignment till the last second is of course standard fare in High School. More so at Mythos Academy where the students have abilities most normal humans can’t imagine. Gwen and her friends are visiting the Crius Coliseum in search of information for her Myth-History assignment. Gwen and her friends are each drawn to different artifacts on display, Daphne was interested in a curved bow that was made from a single piece of onyx and strung with golden threads. It had a matching quiver with a single golden arrow in it. The bow once belonged to Sigyn, the Norse Goddess of Devotion. Carson was drawn to an ivory horn that looked like a miniature tuba. It also had bits of onyx glimmering on its surface. The plaque explaining that It was the Horn of Roland. At about this time Vic, Gwen’s snarky sword piped up about how boring the bow was, and that it wasn’t a real weapon, and goes on to belittle Carson’s choice of a staff as a weapon.. Gwen is deep in thought, remembering her mother’s murder and the reaper she desperately wants revenge on. It was about this time Nickamedes, her boss at the Library of Antiquities noticed her and walked over with a sneer on his face. Gwen turned at the sound of his voice and asked him what he was doing at the exhibit. “Overseeing the exhibit, of course. Most of the artifacts on display are on loan from the Library of Antiquities.” Nickamedes stared at her and with his mouth twisting comments, “I see that you and your friends waited until the last possible second to finish your assignments. Looking around Gwen notices many other students doing the same thing she and her friends are. But she knows better than to start with him. Gwen decides that silence is the better part of valor and looks around to see if Logan is around. As she starts to ask him about how his winter break went, all hell seems to break loose. As Gwen and Logan start to head in the direction of the screams Daphne pulls them back, reminding them that they have no idea what they’d be walking into. The group of four creep around to see what is happening, and find their fellow students being attacked by Reapers…… Could there be a more exciting way to start off Gwen’s next adventure? With this attack, Gwen and company are looking at more action and fighting, and a new set of challenges for the year. Ms. Estep has a way of drawing me into the picture and I feel like I’m right there (hiding behind a strong exhibit case) watching everything with my own two eyes. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publishers, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.
SirenJC More than 1 year ago
Whew, and I thought my high school was torture. What a great story and series. Jennifer Estep has created a world where myths and legends are alive and living right along with the “normal” people of society. Seventeen year old Gwen Frost has survived avalanches and death threats all while attending Mythos Academy. She struggles with the idea of being Nike’s Champion. Nike is the Goddess of Victory, and she knows Gwen is the key to saving the world from destruction by the Reapers and Loki. Gwen has great friends that help her along the way, but with Logan, she wants more than friendship. Logan is a Spartan and one of the most popular guys at Mythos. Logan has a secret that he wants no one to know, especially Gwen, but with her psychometry, she can’t help but find out sooner or later what that secret is. With the Reapers gunning for her and the tension with Logan, what will happen to Gwen when things come to a boiling point? Read ‘Dark Frost’ to find out.
Angelus13 More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!! It was def. worth the wait, not that I enjoyed waiting for it, but so worth it. As the series progress, the characters grow, action increases, more history comes out. The story doesn't seemed rushed, but running at a natural pace. I especially love the relationship between Gwen and Logan. Hot stuff darlin's!!!! I'm already looking forward to the next installment.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyIf you¿ve ever wished the Harry Potter books had been about a girl, you¿ll love the Mythos Academy series. Both are set at a magical boarding school, both have villainous professors and cryptic but wise mentors, both feature orphan protagonists who grew up ignorant of their magical heritage, and both are destined to kill the ultimate evil threatening the world. And while that¿s not even half the similarities between these two series, there are enough distinctions to make this one stand on its own.Instead of wizardry, the aptly named Mythos Academy series revolves around mythology. There are gods and goddesses, Spartans, Amazons, and one lone gypsy with the gift of Touch magic. This world and the history Estep has built into it are endlessly entertaining with exciting new revelations filling each installment. As with the previous books, in DARK FROST death is a very real reality for the teens at Mythos Academy, and people do die¿it really helps anchor the frightening overtones in this world. Like Harry, Gwen isn¿t as rich or seemingly powerful as the warriors-in-training she goes to school with. But she is smart, and she has the distinction of being chosen as the goddess Nike¿s champion, like her mother before her. In DARK FROST, Gwen and her maybe boyfriend Logan finally overcome his reasons for preventing them from being together, but right on the heels of that Gwen comes up with a reason of her own. It was a little overdramatic for my taste (as was most of the dialogue from the various villains), but fortunately, Logan didn¿t allow Gwen to wallow in her situation for long. And while I enjoy most of the Harry Potter similarities, one in particular involving Nickamedes (aka Snape) was perhaps too similar.While not as rich as Harry Potter, fans of J.K. Rowling¿s series will find plenty to like in Jennifer Estep¿s Mythos Academy series. These books are action filled fun with just enough romance and mythological mayhem to keep me coming back time after time. CRIMSON FROST will hit shelves in January 2013. Looking forward to it already.Sexual Content: Kissing
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DARK FROST starts with action and ends after action. A lot develops in DARK FROST, Gwen and Logan are finally advancing with a relationship, Loki's champion is finally revealed, and the Helheim Dagger is found leading up to events everyone was fighting to stop. Gwen has grown so much since book 1 and I have thoroughly enjoyed following her. One of my very favorite things about Gwen is that she isn't overconfident. She is brave, strong, and sticks up for those she loves but she has no doubt that she has flaws and cant do everything. Character development continues and we learn more about our favorite characters. An old friend comes back to Gwen and I absolutely loved how it was worked into the storyline. We get to see that Grandma isn't your normal fragile Grandma. Logan and Gwen work very well together and I loved watching them get closer to each other even if there is a little drama on the way.I have yet to read anything from Jennifer Estep that I didn't enjoy. DARK FROST is fast paced and full of action and suspense. Book 3 so far is my favorite of the series and I'm impatiently waiting to see what happens next in CRIMSON FROST.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Mythos Academy series by Estep. This book was an excellent addition to this series; thing really build in this novel....there is a ton of action right from the get-go. There is just so much that happens. The fourth book in this series, Crimson Frost, is scheduled for a Jan 2013 release. Right now there are six books on contract for this series.Gwen and friends are at a museum finishing up their homework before winter break is over. Things are pretty normal, that is until the Reapers unleash a devastating attack on the museum killing a number of students. Gwen runs into Loki¿s Champion during the attack and finds out that the Reapers are searching for the Helmheim Dagger. Now Gwen has to figure out where the Helmheim Dagger is hidden before Loki¿s followers, the Reapers, do.This book is action packed right from the get-go. Seriously the opening scene has our beloved group of characters fighting for their lives against a mass of Reapers. This was a great book, a lot of huge momentous events happening and a number of changes in the characters we love so much.This being a YA paranormal book there is some teen angst here. Luckily it never overwhelms the story; there is some angst between Gwen and Logan because they want to be together but Logan doesn¿t want Gwen to know his secret and with her psychometry she will know it if she touches him. There is also a little bit of mean girl cattiness between Gwen and Logan¿s ex-girlfriend.A lot of the characters grow in major and interesting ways. Daphne learns what her Valkyrie power is, Gwen learns how to use her psychometry as a weapon, Logan tries to make peace with his past, and we finally learn the history behind why that librarian hates Gwen so much.Most of the story is an investigation of sorts. Gwen is trying to hunt down the Helmheim dagger using the clues provided. She also takes on a side job trying to hunt down a girl¿s ring; the mysteries end up tying together nicely.There is one really great new character in this book and that is the Fenrir (giant wolf) that Gwen saved in the last book. Her name is Nott and she plays a major role in the story. As with previous books the Goddess Nike makes an appearance as well.I continue to love the mythology throughout the story. I am also really enjoying the magic system and how Gwen is learning to use her psychometry in new and interesting ways. The story never gets too heavy because Gwen is wonderfully snarky and sarcastic. This is a tough book for our characters though, many of them suffer loses, and the situation is more dire than ever before.Overall just an absolutely wonderful addition to this series. This is my favorite book in the series so far. So many huge things happen and there is so much great character development. Things just keep get more interesting. I really enjoy the balance of action, excellent characters, a wonderful world, an intriguing magic system, and a little bit of romance. This is highly recommended for urban fantasy fans; both adult and YA. If you are an adult I also strongly recommend Estep¿s Elemental Assassin series.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We pick back up in Dark Frost right after all the winter break issues that happened in Kiss of Frost went down. It has been a while since we were in this world and Jennifer was kind enough to give us a refresher in the first chapter that wove into the plot seamlessly so it did feeling like a forced recap of past events. I was thankful for the information because I remembered the general gist of the story, but the details were a bit fuzzy.Dark Frost story starts out with a bang and does not let up for the entirety of the book. Gwen is still searching for the Helheim Dagger without much success. She is starting to feel the stain of being Nike¿s champion and she is not sure she is up to the task that has been given to her. As she searches, there are plenty of Reaper attacks that are obvious and one that is not so obvious. Someone is trying to manipulate Gwen and she has no idea who they are or what they want. I did have the mystery person figured out before the end of the book, but Jennifer did a great job of throwing us off the scent multiple times. The action scenes, as always, are well written and make you feel like you are right there with Gwen fighting alongside her.Gwen and Logan continue to dance around one another. I wish those two would just admit how they feel about one another. I do understand that they have issues they need to work through before they can enter a relationship, but man there were quite a few times I wanted to reach in there and kick Logan¿s butt myself. The two of them just need to get over their fears and work it out. I do love the teasing banter they have going on and there were some very precious moments in the book that had my heart breaking for Gwen. I am interested to see where the developments of this book will lead them in the future.I was expecting relationship drama, the action and the mystery that filled the pages of Dark Frost, but I was not expecting the utter heartache in those last couple of chapters. They really tore my heart out and I did not see it coming. There are a couple of characters who meet tragic ends and I did not expect the emotional response I had, but I was practically in tears at the end. Jennifer really grabs onto your heart in Dark Frost. Gwen did not have an easy time during the climax and I just wanted to pick her up and give her a hug. She had to face some tough realities very quickly and I think the outcome of those will end up making her mature much quicker than others her own age. I know she will rise to the challenge though and become much stronger than she already is.Overall, Dark Frost another amazing addition to the series. Jennifer delivers another fast paced, action driven book that is my favorite in the series so far. Thank goodness there is no cliffhanger so we are not left unsatisfied by the end. However, the first chapter of the next book is at the end of this one and wow that did have a cliffhanger! I am definitely dying to get my hands on the next book now! It does not come out until January, so I still have quite a wait ahead of me, but I know it will be worth it once I do get a chance to read it!
psychobabble4u on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Jennifer Estep is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone who knows me, know my love for this series. So when I received this book in the mail, my teenage heart squealed for joy! Was it everything I wanted? Heck YA!How can I put this amazing book in to words without spoiling it. Well, for one, the plot is great. Super fast paced and very entertaining, from the first page, I stepped foot on Mytho's Academy as if I never left. I liked that with each plot twist and turn, more secrets are exposed. Gwen is facing much more darker times and you can tell they are really taking a toll of her. Yet, she remains strong and head fast with what she has to do.The love interest... YES! FINALLY! OMG! That's all I have to say.I really enjoyed Gwen characters growth in this book. She learns so much more about herself as well as her friends around her. I like that Ms. Estep took the significant plot twist to make the character see the insight of things. I love these moments cause in twist like this, you can really get to know the character.Dark Frost achieves the right combination of action, secrets, and love. Once you start reading, you are back in the school fighting reapers and running for your life. Dark Frost is an haunting dark book that will kick your emotions in overdrive. You won't want to miss it!
LadiSteele More than 1 year ago
Huge fan, have read everything she has written!
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A ways behind camp, a thin trail leads up the mountain
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Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We start off right after winter break (the last book ended as everyone went home for the holidays). The characters are just meeting back up when a huge Reaper attack takes place killing several people/students. While fighting the main Reaper (Loki’s Champion), Gwen notices her drop something and later finds out that it’s a map to the library at the academy. The Reapers have figured out where the dagger is that will release Loki and bring him to the mortal realm and it’s hidden somewhere in the library. This book is a race against the time to find the dagger before the Reapers do. This series seems to be an easy read for me. I literally read it within half of a day. Partly because I skimmed over the parts where the author rehashed everything that’s ever taken place in the series and caught readers who may have had a huge lapse between books, up to speed. I however, went from one book to the next and didn’t need to be told what Gwen’s powers were, that the bad guys were the Reapers or the fact that Gwen has horrible sense of judgement when it comes to self-preservation. If it weren’t for Logan, I don’t think she’d have lived past the first book. However, I still enjoyed the read. One thing that I was really sad about, I knew what was coming from the first chapter. I knew who Loki’s Champion was, I knew where the dagger was hidden and in the end found myself sort of like “ho-hum” as I read. It’s not fun knowing the climatic points in the first chapter. So I just sort of road the waves throughout the book. What kept me interested were the characters in this story. I feel a bit invested in this story and wanted to see if they were smarter than the average bear… apparently not. Except for Daphne, that girl has a good head on her shoulders. Will I continue with the series? Maybe. I really enjoyed the author’s UF series, Elemental Assassin. Maybe I will just got back to that instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Puts a vole on the prey- pile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That guy is soooooo dang GORGEOUS
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DITCHERRRR IN HISTORY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks in and grabs a basletball, dribbling it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No thats just the bellll
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sighed, drilling her Double Axels again, still falling hard every time.