ISBN13 9781982527440400 pages
Release date : October 1
Goodreads Summary :
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 friends begin to wonder how much of their lives has 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
I requested and received this ARC from NetGalley for a buddy read in BookishCollision server. When I heard the author Coco Ma is only 18 and this ARC had it’s unique magic system , my anticipation rocketed.
Shadowfrost is an action packed amazingly paced romantic book , but it has some info dump at points .. so I suggest making notes for better understanding of the world building.
The story travels with 6 point of views through out the book which gives us amazing perspective on all the plot that’s happening. But that’s not confusing because everyone has their own voice and we can easily get through them.
Coco Ma has handled the platonic , romantic and even the sibling relationship in an amazing way. Damn , that girl can write slow burn. I would recommend the book just for the slow burn romance if I could. But you get the point right?All the romances were amazing and healthy which should be noted . At no point that’s toxic.
I can proudly say her twists had a bit shade of Rin Chupeco. As in , you guess a point is coming but it’s totally the other thing. She pulls the mattress under our legs so easily.
As I said , there are 6 pov which gives every character their importance. as well as the passing by characters have something to give story.
And an important aspect of this story is the importance of the platonic relationship between Asterin and Luna. We don’t get to see much of a f/f relationship much less a proper friendship. Luna has no powers and her feelings as a character add to the uniqueness of Shadowfrost.
Shadow frost has a unique magic system. There are 9 elements in this world and everyone is born with atleast one metal and one.. manipulating power upto people who can manifest all 9 elements. The gods have a pantheon and rules.
The world itself is beautiful where we travel in Axaria and it’s woods. I think we’ll be seeing more of this world in the future books.