If you have read the previous books in this incredible series, you know that Gwen was tricked into freeing Loki (the big baddie) by Lokis very own champion. Because of this, Gwen is facing the fallout that this has had on Mythos Academy and is arrested by the Protectorate. Gwen is put on trial and is quarantined to the school until she is either found guilty or not guilty. This makes it a little difficult to prove her innocence but with her faithful allies including her love interest Logan, maybe she stands of chance. The biggest obstacle in their relationship this time around is that Logans dad is the leader of the Protectorate and is NOT a fan of Gwen and her gypsy heritage. He also truly believes that she is not Nikes Champion. Gwen starts to fear that the Protectorate has been infiltrated and is not so sure she has a chance at a fair trial.
Just another great addition to an already amazing adventure. Gwen and Logan of course seem to always have something that gets in the way of the growing relationship (getting arrested on your first date can put a damper on things). I liked how this time we got to learn a little more about Logan so if you are a super fan of Logan, this one is for you! Another great aspect is we are seeing more of the world that Estep has created. The Protectorate is first introduced and we witness the inner workings of their so called judicial system. There is also the characters that we have grown to love such as Metis, Nickamedes and Gwens grandmother and a few new ones, including my new favorite, Alexei.
Estep as always, throws the twists and turns that as a faithful reader, have come to love. If you havent tried this series yet and you love YA urban fantasy, then I highly suggest you start with the first book Touch of Frost (books should be read in order). For me, I will have to wait patiently for the next book in this series, Midnight Frost, due out in July.
(Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
This is the fourth book in the Mythos Academy series. The fifth book will be titled, Midnight Frost, and is scheduled for an August 2013 release. I believe Estep is contracted for 6 books in this series. I really enjoyed this addition to the series. The book starts a bit slow, but really gained momentum by the end.
Gwen is accused of helping the Reapers by the Protectorate. She is forced to go on trial to defend against these allegations. Her friends know that the charges are bogus, but the Protectorate is certain that she is the one who freed Loki. Strangely enough the statues around campus seem to be on Gwens side.
This was a very good installment in this series, although not the best of the series. Right away Gwen is accused by the Protectorate of being a Reaper and releasing Loki. She spends a good portion of the book being bullied, ostracized, and basically just made to feel totally awful. As a result in the first half of the book there is very little action and a lot of Gwen trying to figure out how to clear her name.
The second half of the book is non-stop action and impossible to put down. This book really put Gwen through a lot; she's already gone through so much that my heart just broke for her in this book. The best thing is that now she has her friends and Logan to support and back her up.
Gwen does grow as a character. Shes learned to contain her temper and work through her problems. She acts very maturely throughout the book, at times I thought she was a bit too compassionate and forgiving given what she is being forced to go through. I enjoyed watching her learn more about her powers and watching her accept the support and love of those around her.
We see a lot more of Vic in this book, he is the most awesome talking sword ever. We also see all of the Gwens steadfast friends, although they are in the background for this book. There is a new addition to the cast of characters in a love interest for Oliver/guard for Gwen. He made a great addition to the series as well.
I continue to enjoy how mythology is woven into this world. Mythology really comes to the forefront with Loki free and Gwen continuing as Nikes champion. We delve deeper into mythology in this book than in any other in the series and I really loved it.
The book ends at a bit of a cliffhanger and I am dying to know what will happen in the next book.
Overall this is a very well written installment in the series. The characters are excellent and we delve deeper than ever into the mythology that makes up Gwens world. My only complaint is that the pace of the first half of this book was slower than other books in the series. The book was still engaging and hard to put down. I cant wait to see what happens in Midnight Frost. This whole series is highly recommended to fans of urban fantasy, especially fans of YA urban fantasy.