Book: Shadow Frost
Author: Coco Ma
Year Published: 2019
- Plot: 4.5/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Overall: 4/5
Shadow Frost was a fun, sizzling fantasy full of intrigue and betrayal and although it wasn’t perfect I still thoroughly enjoyed it!
Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria, was tasked along with her companions to vanquish a demon that was terrorizing the lands. However, there was much more to the situation than met the eye and the group of friends had to gradually uncover a web of secrets and lies.
Asterin was a headstrong, tenacious character who desperately wanted to prove she was worthy to one day be queen and make her mother proud. She was likeable at the start but some of the choices (especially one in particular) she made later on in the book really disappointed me and I honestly thought better of her! My favourite character was probably Rose because she seemed to be the most down-to-earth and was one of the kindest, smartest characters in the book. Quinlan fell into the classic, ‘love interest with a haunted past’ trope and I really felt bad for him because the poor thing was smitten with Asterin and she was the last to realise!
The main appeal Shadow Frost had was the fact paced, constantly changing plot. There were some shocking twists which I did not see coming and they kept me hooked right until the very end. I’m very excited to see how the story and characters will develop into the next book. Furthermore, I loved the elemental magic system!
Nevertheless, I had one giant, gaping problem with this novel. It kept emphasising how all of the characters were stereotypically attractive and it really annoys me when books do this because we are not all perfect as there is no such thing as perfection. Our diversity makes us beautiful. I don’t think it’s alright for books to promote the idea that everyone has to look gorgeous with big muscles or flowing hair or impeccable bone structure because it’s a ridiculous notion to live up to and is an unhealthy way of thinking. We need books about people of all shapes, colours and sizes.
Overall, Shadow Frost was an entertaining read and very impressive considering the author wrote the first draft at fifteen. It had a very similar vibe to Throne of Glass so if you liked that book, you’ll like this one too!
Thank you to Blackstone Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.