Where have I been hiding? This book is the first time I have heard of this series or this author. It definitely won’t be the last, though. I enjoyed it so much that I jumped on Amazon and ordered the previous books in the series so I could read those too. Here’s hoping I enjoy them just as much!
Frostbound is part of The Dark Forgotten series, but it stands on its own very well. The author does a great job of introducing the world and the characters without making the reader feel lost. We’re dropped straight into the action, but I never felt like I was scrambling to understand what was happening. I really appreciate an author who can strike a nice balance between bulky info dumps and leaving a reader to puzzle the world out on her (or his) own.
I really liked how the author turned some of my expectations on their ear. At one point Talia is held hostage. At first it was because Lore was keeping her until he found out if she was guilty or innocent, but then he didn’t want to let her go for her own good. Instead of letting this go (as I’ve seen many, many PNR heroines do) Talia is angry and resentful. She also finds his plan to weaken her with lust (once again, something I’ve seen frequently in PNR) pretty insulting. Refreshingly, Lore’s friends also tell him that he’s not exactly walking the straight and narrow by “protecting” her that way. I really enjoyed that because too often I find myself frustrated by the heroines’ abnormal reactions to some of the heroes’ behavior.
Although there is a lot of witty dialogue and quite a few funny scenes, it’s not all fun and games. Lore and Talia deal with some very serious issues and stressful emotions that added a nice depth to their characters. Talia is almost broken in the beginning of the book and I think the author did a fabulous job of showing us her loss and despair. I loved that her feelings felt so real and that Lore was able to help her grow and heal.
I was very pleased that the author delved so far into the culture of the hellhounds. Lore’s dilemma over following his heart or staying true to his people worked very well for me. I loved that we got a firsthand view of his people and their opinion on the matter. The pressure he faced was no laughing matter, but I thought he dealt with it brilliantly. I also liked that a character that seemed pretty pushy and villainous was shown to possess depth and honor. I may not have respected the tactics used, but I was quite impressed with that character’s motivations in the end.
We were introduced to quite a few interesting characters—some previous characters, some new. We got to experience the POV of some of these characters in addition to seeing through the eyes of the hero and heroine. I never felt that the hero or heroine were being shortchanged on time, though. I actually felt that those POV scenes added an interesting level to the book. I especially liked getting to know Errata. She was pretty interesting and I can’t wait to read more about her later.
I really loved Lore and Talia together. I thought they had great sexual tension between them and that their personalities complimented each other nicely. The obstacles that they face on the road to happiness felt real, not like they were just thrown in to keep the characters apart. In addition to normal hindrances, they both have to figure out how a relationship will work between an immortal and a mortal. I liked the solution that the author came up with. It wasn’t perfect, and that right there made me appreciate it more than any solution that would have wrapped things up neatly.
Although I enjoyed pretty much everything about this book, there were a few issues that kept me from bumping it up to a full 5 hearts. I really liked that Talia didn’t insist that she be involved in every bit of investigation when Lore went out. It was smart and rational of her—which I loved—but it also had the unfortunate side effect of keeping them separate more than I wanted. I still enjoyed the romance, I just felt that there could have been a bit more development and togetherness if the separations had been fewer.
I also didn’t like that sometimes a chapter would end and we would skip to a new scene without having the closure and resolution I was looking for. It just felt like we would skip to a new section without letting me have the full impact of the first scene. They weren’t huge issues, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take away a bit of my enjoyment in Lore and Talia’s relationship.
Other than those two small issues, I thought that this was a great book. I loved the details about the hellhound culture and thought that Lore and Talia were great protagonists. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
“It means we share something deep. It means I’ll always find you, no matter where you go. I’ll walk at your side. I’ll sleep beside you and watch over you. I’ll walk the passages between life and death to come back to you.”