Thursday, 1 November 2018

Jamie Smith - Frostfire - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books Book Review (Chicken House Books)


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 …

The mountain had murder in mind with the publication of Frostfire. This is the debut middle-grade read from Jamie Smith which is published by Chicken House Publishing. It sets off on its reading voyage on the 1st of November 2018. OOH, I hear you say, isn't that TODAY? 

The book sparkles in the light just like the story. The striking book cover illustration, by the talented Karl James Mountford, is just wonderful. There are two different book covers that I've seen for this book (the one above and the one below). I'm not sure if there is any significance in the book having two covers. However, they both look really good. I certainly cannot choose which one I like the best, can you?  



Three years in the making, this story will be the fire to warm any cold winter's day. It will provide a pleasant glow as you adventure into the icy cold landscape. This is a brilliant winter adventure featuring one girl's survival as she becomes caught up in a mountain avalanche. However, this story is not just about returning home. The main character needs to bond with a Frostsilver (an intelligent life force) that communicates and gives Sabira a deep magic. This is a special type of magic that comes from the heart of the mountain. 

This is a brilliant story about personal limitations and a journey of tradition that has some major consequences to Sabira's way of life. It will keep the reader glued to the pages with intrigue, mystery and some timely twists and turns. The book has a fantastic atmospheric feeling that is developed through the author's well-considered, descriptive narrative. This really helps you to bond with the main character and the extraordinary landscape. 

Sabira is a fantastic character who faces a battle of survival, not just her own personal battle, but also the fate of Aderasti. It's a book full of heart and adventure. You will certainly not be disappointed with this book as it is full of compassion as well as explosive action. It is a boundless story for the seasoned adventurer regardless of age and gender. 

If this sounds like a book you would enjoy, then why not read an extract Here
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