Title: Spartan Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Mythos Academy (Book 4.5)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Format: eBook, 46 Pages
ISBN-10: 0758294778 (Kensington Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0758294777 (Kensington Teen)
Reviewed by: Michelle
Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.
I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story. . .
Quick & Dirty: An enjoyable point of view into a Spartan’s life and current turmoil.
Opening Sentence: I was going to kill her.
To be honest, I am not usually a fan of novellas. But Jennifer Estep’s Spartan Frost was really enjoyable. After the crushing ending of Crimson Frost, I enjoyed the glimpse into the few days of Logan’s life. Fair warning, if you have not read Crimson Frost (Book 4), or any of the other books, I would stop reading to avoid any spoilers. Normally, I would try to write this spoiler free, but the nature of the story somewhat prevents it.
Logan Quinn is a Spartan at Mythos Academy. Beyond that, he is a Spartan that the Reapers have chosen to merge Loki’s soul with. At the end of Crimson Frost, he was taken under control, to do what he never thought he could do – kill Gwen Frost. Spartan Frost retells the last few moments of Crimson Frost, and then proceeds almost immediately after those gut-wrenching events. Logan has removed himself from Gwen, his friends, and the rest of Mythos Academy. He sets out to train and to get a new outlook on his priorities. But if Logan thinks he can run away from the Reapers, he has to think again.
Even though I only get a glimpse of Logan’s perspective, I feel like it was a good addition to the series. I was able to understand Logan and who he is, much more than what I already see. From the rest of the books, I have this idea of him and what I interpret as Estep’s intentions, but reading Spartan Frost has brought this other side of him that I normally would not see.
Estep kept the same familiar tone in Spartan Frost as she had in the previous books. This novella was really a nice extension of the stories. I appreciated the continuation of the world that I have grown to love. The content was well balanced and did its job well. Estep gave all the attributes of a regular story (action scene, meaningful ah-hah! moment, and a conclusion) but within the nice comfort of these pages.
I enjoyed Spartan Frost, and I think you will also.
More anger raged through me, burning away the last echoes of Loki’s laughter and everything else but my desire to hurt every Reaper in the entire ski resort.
“Logan?” Dad asked again.
“Come on,” I said, my voice even harsher than before. “Let’s keep moving.”
I shouldered my way past him, Inari, and Sergei and started forward once more.
“Logan, wait—“ Dad called out in a soft voice.
But it was too late.
Because three Reapers stepped out of the room right in front of me.
Mythos Academy Series:
0.5 First Frost
3. Dark Frost
4.5 Spartan Frost
6. Killer Frost (February 2014)
FTC Advisory: Kensington Teen provided me with a copy of Spartan Frost. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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