Retro Retro Review & Giveaway: Urban Fantasy Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins

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!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

14 thoughts on “Retro Retro Review & Giveaway: Urban Fantasy Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins

  1. Today is official “overwrought nerdy science graduate student” day in Cincinnati, so this seems very appropriate. If we only had a Norse God or two, my colleague might not be so overwrought…

  2. This sounds cool! I love Norse mythology. Count me in!

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  3. I’m a sucker for any urban fantasy that includes Norse mythology.

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  4. Love the retro reviews you have. The blending of Norse mythology with a present day urban setting reminds me of Charles de Lint’s books. Thanks for the opportunity! (Hugs)Indigo

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  5. I read quite a lot of fantasy, both urban and epic but this is the first I have heard of this book.

    Don’t think I have ever read a fantasy based on Norse mythology so I would really like to give this a try.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries as usual.

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  6. This sounds like an interesting read. I am having some problems with reading the same old story over and over lately. Maybe its winter, maybe its me? Who knows, but this sounds like something new I would like to read.
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