It’s Retro Review day, so I’m digging back through the shelves for books from ages past that should be remembered. Today, I’m talking about an urban fantasy called Giants of the Frost. I adored this book, which takes an unusual setting–an isolated island in the Sea of Norway, plops in some nerdy scientist types, adds a sexy mysterious stranger, and then tops it off with some Norse gods. What’s not to like?
ABOUT THE BOOK: Taking a job on an isolated island in the Sea of Norway, scientist Victoria Scott wants a quiet place to finish her doctoral thesis. But Victoria isn’t prepared for the strange shadows outside her cabin window, the rumors of a murderous hag who sucks one’s soul during sleep, and the tales of mythic monsters lurking in the forest. More frightening than the island’s nightmarish mysteries: to Victoria, everything is hauntingly familiar. When an enigmatic stranger appears on the island, Victoria’s sense of foreboding peaks. For she learns that they are connected by a conflict centuries old—one that can end only with her death…
MY THOUGHTS: Giants of the Frost does better than any other book I’ve read at blending the world of the ancient Norse gods with the modern world. After finishing it, I had to go back and read some of the mythology about Odin and his sons, and some of the old Germanic folk tales (hags–ieek!). The jumps between the modern world and the otherworld are seamless, and the characters (even the obnoxious ones) are memorable.
Want to win a copy of Giants of the Frost? It is out of print except for a few overpriced remainders, so I’m offering a gently used copy that I found–some slight spine creasing but otherwise in great condition. As always, to enter: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet/Retweet. Happy reading!