Book Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy, book 6
Source: From NetGalley
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Killer Frost is the last entry (for now at least) in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series. While I have enjoyed each installment, I’m glad that the series is wrapping up for the time being. The author manages to end the series on a high note while possibly leaving the door open for a future spin-off perhaps? Gwen Frost and her abilities have always taken center stage within these books, and Killer Frost is no exception.
I’ll say one thing about this series. The way Gwen and her teenage friends are portrayed is pretty damn spot on. There is melodrama mixed with tinges of humor, gossip, and that gut wrenching feeling when you’re described as an “outcast”. Even being a hero several times over hasn’t stopped the kids of Mythos Academy from talking about Gwen. That being said, Gwen is frustrated and weary from the Reaper attacks. Logan is being distant towards her, and Gwen is asked for assistance is finding what artifact the Reapers are after. A rather half-baked plan (in Gwen’s opinion) is put into place to lull the Reapers in.
Things become more complicated and frightening for Gwen when the Reapers kidnap her grandmother and ransom her for the special artifact. Disheartened when she realizes that Linus and the Protectorate aren’t going to help rescue her grandmother, she decides to go it alone, as she most often has in the past. It’s a testament to Estep’s writing that the secondary characters are memorable and well-drawn. Especially Mythos’ own librarian, Nickamedes. While he’s in only a few scenes in each book, his character is slowly fleshed out throughout the series and he’s one of my favorite characters within this large cast. He believes in Gwen and comes to her aid when she makes it known she’ll rescue her grandmother no matter what.
I’ve only described what happens in approximately the first half of the book. If you’ve been following along with these books, you’ll know the instructions Nike has handed down to Gwen concerning Loki. I don’t want to give too much away, but the action sequences are memorable and every side character has a purpose for why they’re in the book at various scenes. I haven’t mentioned the romance between Gwen and Logan yet, and there’s a reason for that. While I’m not of the opinion that the romance has actually detracted from the series, I don’t think it’s added all that much either. The world that Gwen inhabits is huge and each side character is solid in their own right. I enjoyed Gwen and Logan, but I think I would’ve liked the series just as much even if she hadn’t had a love interest.
The door is left slightly open with Rory’s character making a much needed appearance, and I have to wonder if she’s ever going to get her own story. I would very much recommend Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series if you enjoy solid worldbuilding with a great cast of characters. I haven’t had much luck with books that end a series, but this was a very good read.