Frostfire by Jamie Smith

Published October 1st 2019 by Chicken House

Chosen for the honour of bonding with a frostsliver – a fragment of the sentient glacier that crests her icy home – Sabira embarks on the dangerous pilgrimage to the top of the mountain. But when a huge avalanche traps her on the glacier and destroys the pass, Sabira is determined to find another way home. In order to survive, she must face up to the merciless mountain – but there are dark and fiery secrets hiding in its depths …

REVIEW:

Sabira lives in the shadow of the ice-capped mountain in which is rumored to sleep a god. Every Choosing Day, one of a hundred fourteen-year-old Aderasti is chosen to climb the treacherous mountain to bond with a frostsliver, a piece of the frostfire glacier that crests the mountain. This Choosing Day, Sabira is chosen.

But there are other forces working against Sabira besides the mountain god. She soon finds herself at the pinnacle of a deadly plot to wipe out her people and steal their frostslivers, which give the Aderasti unspeakable power.

If Sabira can’t find away to save her people, stranded and alone on the murderous mountain, hundreds will die. But she might pay with her life.

This was it. This was where she followed in the footsteps of every Aderasti that had come before… and the footsteps of her brother, Kyran. She blinked away a tear. She didn’t feel ready at all.

Jamie Smith paints a unique and fantastical world in Frostfire. There’s creature both out of our myths and ones she created herself, all with backstories original to her world. There’s no limit of the imagination of Sabira’s journey. There’s so much suspense and non-stop action that I was never bored with the story.

The story is told from Sabira’s third-person point of view, and this kept all the thoughts of the other characters hidden from the reader. This is really great and adds to the intrigue because I didn’t know anything except what Sabira knew.

I would highly recommend this book to middle grade readers, or young teens. It written in fairly simplistic language, yet it had considerable depth in its storytelling. There is mild coarse language that should be noted for younger readers, and violence including a beating and gunfire. There are no romantic interactions.

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