My friend Jess and I have a little project that we’re working on. It’s a podcast called Bibliophiles Anonymous. I might have mentioned it a few times. Insert the obligatory “please-listen-and-subscribe-to-us-on-iTunes” here. Anyway, Jess got us signed up for a website called NetGalley which gives out digital ARC’s to people for reviews. Thanks to this, I have now discovered a new series that I think I am already addicted to – the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep.
How I had never heard of these, I don’t know. They are just the kind of thing that I would like – mythology, magic, romance, adventure. They also follow the rule that anything that happens at a boarding school is infinitely more exciting and fun than anything that happens at a normal school. The Mythos Academy, near Asheville, North Carolina, is a special school that from the outside looks like nothing more than an overpriced prep school for a bunch of spoiled rich teenagers. But inside it’s walls is a whole new world, full of the ancient warriors of old. Valkyries and Vikings, Spartans and Romans, and everything in between – their descendants attend this school to continue to learn how to fight to protect the world from the forces of evil.
Enter Gwen Frost, a teenage girl sent to Mythos Academy with no warrior heritage at all. She’s a Gypsy and, although she does have some cool magic talents, she doesn’t understand why she would be sent to such a crazy school where she has so little fighting talent and everyone thinks she’s weird. She wants nothing more than to go back to her old school and live with her Grandmother. Unfortunately, that nice, normal life is a thing of the past for Gwen as she’s pulled into an ancient battle between good and evil.
Here’s where it gets interesting (translation: awesome). Turns out, years and years ago, all the gods and goddesses from all around the world (that’s right, they’re all real), joined forces to stop Loki, the Norse god of chaos, from, you guessed it, taking over the world. Led by Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, the other gods are able to defeat Loki and imprison him. But his helpers, the Reapers of Chaos, are still out there, still causing trouble, and trying to free their god from his prison. Their plots all of it seem to center around Gwen, who is baffled by it.
She isn’t a warrior. She’s a Gypsy. Her magic is centered around being able to touch things and get flashes of who had touched them and what they had done with them. She also finds out that her family has been much more closely involved in the Chaos War than she ever thought possible and that maybe, just maybe, her mother didn’t die in a car accident.
The mythology is fun. The characters are awesome. There’s Daphne, the Valkyrie who’s magic manifests in pink sparkles and super strength. Her boyfriend Carson, a Celt and a total band geek. And then there’s Logan. He’s the most gorgeous bad boy in school, a Spartan who could probably find a way to kill you with a matchstick. He also seems to have a thing for Gwen. And a whole host of others.
I had to read books one, two and three (Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost and Dark Frost) pretty quick so that I would be ready to review the latest book (Crimson Frost) for the podcast. At some point, I need to go back and re-read them because I’m sure I’ve missed things. At the same time, these books demanded to be read quickly because I HAD TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!! Seriously. Crimson Frost will be released on December 24th (just in time for Christmas!) and I’m already chomping at the bit for the next book.
So go read them. You won’t be disappointed.