Ash faces his greatest challenge yet as the evil Wraith leader Shaard unleashes the dreaded Devourer from its centuries-long imprisonment. Only by uniting can the peoples of the Snow Sea hope to stand against the monster’s wrath, but as the Devourer targets the stronghold of Aurora, the tribes remain as divided as ever.
In a last desperate move, Ash and the crew of the Frostheart journey to the yeti lands, where humans are forbidden, in search for the truth about the Devourer’s origins, and the one weakness that may prove its undoing…
I have been absolutely adoring the Frostheart series, so imagine my joy when I saw it on Netgalley… and then I actually got it!!! My TBR was instantly moved aside because I just had to read this book right away, and it did not disappoint.
Although this series is technically middle grade, especially this book doesn’t read as such. It definitely has the epicness of an adult novel, and the fights and difficult situations the characters find themselves in wouldn’t be some I would associate with children’s fiction either. Not that they wouldn’t be able to handle it. I think the fact that nothing has been dumbed down or simplified makes them enjoy it even more.
But there is so much more that is great about this book (and series). The atmosphere of the icy cold setting is created wonderfully, making you just Want to snuggle up in a warm blanket with some hot chocolate. The characters of the Frostheart’s crew are all unique and quirky and just a wonderful family you Want to be a part of. The magic system surrounding song is just so imaginative. The plot is epic and complex. The illustrations are gorgeous and making the whole reading experience just complete.
And this book specifically? It focusses heavly around (found) family, having flaws and being open to learn from your mistakes. I absolutely loved our travels through the land of the Yeti’s, and finally learning about Tobu’s past. I have always had a massive weak for this character, and seeing how his story gets resolved was definitely a favourite part of this book for me. I really appreciate how this story highlights racisim. And I very much appreciate the stuborness of certain characters… as frustrating as they are. The trauma they have suffered made them convinced of a certain idea, and they are Not easily swayed to another point of view. Again, not something I am used to seeing in middle grade, but it felt very realistic.
I don’t know what else to say about this book, apart from to just gush about it’s brilliance. Please just read it…