Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

Title: Shadow Frost
Author: Coco Ma
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 1st 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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.

From young author Coco Ma comes a dazzling new tale of adventure, power, and betrayal, weaving together a stunning world of magic with a killer cast in an explosive, unforgettable debut.

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I absolutely loved Shadow Frost. It was the pick me up book that I needed. The characters and the magic system were really enjoyable.

I really liked how the magic system works and how different powers are broken up. With the immortals (their Gods) representing different houses. You fall into a main house but you can have powers from multiple house depending on the branches. I think I might have liked and understood it so much because it reminded me of how a videogame mana system generally works. Well at least how it works in Final Fantasy. You unlock one type of magic then other magics can branch from that and you develop the one that allows you to develop the others. It is a system that is easy for me to understand.

I liked the plot as well. What has really been happening in the kingdom and who do you trust. There were a couple things I suspected, some things I didn’t expect. I really liked some of the messages in the book. Like seeing the truth for what it is at times, not what your anger wants to see. Plus I felt like the book was fast paced. Although I was interested in the characters training there wasn’t too much of it where you are like okay, can we move on now.

I loved the characters and the way they all intertwine with one another. Each character has their own personality and they are not limited to interactions with the main MC. They are buidling relationships with one another and that’s what I really liked. It filled in the dynamic more.

Asterin and Quinlan are probably one of my favorite couples now. What I loved most about their romance was how it was equal footing. It wasn’t one chasing the other, it was mutual attraction that leads to both acting dumb at times. It made me really happy to read about them but it also wasn’t overpowering to the story. The plot was still strong even with the romance involved.

The ending does you leave you hanging a bit but also wraps up things well too. So you are not angry but want the next book for sure. What I really liked is that there is a decision has to be made by one of the characters and normally I feel like they would get out of it. This person does not get out of it, nor do they get out of the consequences which I thought was so very real. It’s one of the things I liked the most and hated the most about the ending.

I loved Shadow Frost. I’m so anxious for the next book now.

Coco Ma is a Canadian-Chinese author and pianist. She wrote her first novel, Shadow Frost, at the age of 15. Since she began playing the piano at the age of five and a half, she has also performed on some of the world's greatest concert stages and graduated with a pre-college diploma in piano performance from The Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, she studies at Yale University. When she isn't practicing piano, writing, or studying, you might find her bingeing Netflix or eating cake. Lots of cake.
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