Title: Shadow Frost
Author: Coco Ma
Publication Date: October 1st 2019
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 companions 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, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.
I love the cover of this book and for the first time in awhile I also really enjoyed the story within it!
I want to start off by saying that there are a lot of characters in this book and I enjoyed all of them. I do wish though that they all had been a little more fleshed out though. There was a good start to them but I didn’t feel like I really connected with any of them. I’m hoping that in the second book we really get to know them.
I did want to talk specifically about Asterin though who I guess we can consider the main character. She was a headstrong, charming, powerful character. However, over the course of the book it didn’t feel like she went through any sort of development. There is also the fact that at the end of the book she did something that really irked me, which now that I’m thinking about it could lead to her having something to work on in the next book.
My favorite character was definitely Luna and at the end of the book I was rooting for her, while being completely pissed at Asterin.
The plot was kind of predictable but I still enjoyed. There was one thing that I didn’t expect so that was a pleasant surprise. I really loved the world building. I thought it was unique and really cool. My biggest contention with this book is the ending. I was happy with everything up until the last 50 pages or so. Then Asterin made a dumb choice and I was annoyed.
I found the writing style interesting. I was really impressed when I learned that Ma wrote the book when she was 15 and she’s getting it published at 19. This is really inspiring to me. However, I feel like the writing was a little disconnected at times which made it hard to read. It didn’t flow as smoothly as it could have. It definitely wasn’t bad but I just wish it was a little bit better.
This was a good book that I enjoyed a lot. I’m amazed at the fact that Coco Ma is only 19 and wrote such an amazing world. I’m definitely going to read the sequel and am excited to see the characters develop further. I definitely recommend this book if you like fun fantasies with a bunch of lovable characters.