Read Stork, the first book in this series, before proceeding! (For those who have read Stork, you might want to skim over it before starting book two, Frost. I forgot a lot between the two books.)
Most of what I know about Norse mythology comes from old Thor comic books. (I’m not saying this is a bad thing.) Whenever I read something that features a fair bit of Norse myth, I have to break out my trusty reference books so that I can really understand what I’m reading. I had to do this when I read the first book in Wendy Delsol’s Stork trilogy, and I consulted my mythology books a little when reading the second book, Frost. I also had to look through my school library’s copy of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, the driving force behind this latest installment in the Stork trilogy. I read The Snow Queen way back in eighth grade, but I had forgotten a lot of it. The refresher—along with Thor and learning more about Norse mythology—helped me sort of understand what was going on in Frost. I’ll admit that the main characters’ special abilities still confuse the crap out of me, but I have a better grasp of what’s going on that I would have otherwise.
Katla LeBlanc finally seems to be adjusting to life inMinnesota. Her dad is moving to town, her mom and future stepdad are planning for a wedding and a baby, her boyfriend—the living embodiment of Jack Frost—is just dreamy, and she’s coming to terms with her role as a Stork, or soul deliverer. A freak snow storm—brought on by Katla’s desire to have a white Christmas and Jack’s desire to please her—throws everything into chaos. A little boy loses his life in the storm, and both Katla and Jack are inconsolable. They know the storm was their fault, but how can they possibly fix things that have gone so wrong?
Katla calls on her Stork abilities to right her wrong, but Jack seems to withdraw from her and become deeply depressed…until a mysterious, beautiful stranger comes to town with what is seemingly the opportunity of a lifetime.
Katla hates Brigid on sight. Brigid is tall, gorgeous, accomplished, and she catches the eye of (almost) everyone she encounters—male or female. Brigid claims to be investigating the weather anomalies in the area, and she wants Jack’s help, even going so far as to offer him an internship at her research facility in Greenland. Jack jumps at the chance, but Katla fears that there’s more to this trip than meets the eye. She doesn’t know what sort of hold Brigid has on Jack, but Katla knows that she’s on the verge of losing Jack forever. How right she is.
As Kat deals with her Stork duties (which are becoming more complicated by the minute), a distant boyfriend, performing in the school production of The Snow Queen, her mother being placed on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy, and accompanying her grandfather on a trip to Iceland, she’s beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed. And when Jack and Brigid go missing in the Arctic, yet another weight is added to Kat’s shoulders. For she knows she’s the only one who can bring Jack back. Kat will cross realms and face mysteries she never expected—some helpful, some not-so-much—to save the boy who holds her heart. Will it be enough? Or will Jack—and the world as Kat knows it—be lost forever in the cold?
Katla’s world in Frost delves deeply into Icelandic and Norse myth, and it is also a bit of a retelling of The Snow Queen. I enjoyed how Kat was participating in a school production of The Snow Queen while she was preparing for an eventual battle with the real thing. (The author presents a great argument for reading a prologue. If Kat had done that for The Snow Queen, she might have figured out what she was up against a lot sooner.) Like with Stork, I would have liked a pronunciation guide for the Scandinavian words in this book. If I’d been reading it aloud, I’m afraid I would have butchered each new word I encountered.
Even though Frost ended on an upswing, things are far from over. Katla must deal with decisions she made in her quest to save Jack, and those decisions may have consequences that are too horrible to bear. Look for more of Katla’s story in the third and final installment in the Stork trilogy, Flock, on September 11, 2012.
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