A Breath of Frost
by Alyxandra Harvey
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, YA
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: NetGalley
In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld.
Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies.
Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed…or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away?
Starring witches and set in Regency London, A BREATH OF FROST is certainly a departure from Alyxandra Harvey’s modern day vampires in the Drake Chronicles. This shouldn’t concern you though, as Harvey took on historical fiction and magic wonderfully, kicking off a new series that I am certainly excited to follow.
A BREATH OF FROST reminded me quite a bit of SORCERY & CECELIA – the time period, magical aspects, and close relationships of the cousins coupled with the witty banter and a bit of romance make it an easy comparison. In A BREATH OF FROST one of my favorite aspects was the relationships between the cousins, Emma, Penelope and Gretchen. They each had distinct personalities and most of my favorite scenes were when the three of them were together. On her own, as well, Emma was a strong main character, easily carrying the storyline along. Cormac, the love interest, definitely had that same easy charm that one frequently sees in Regency romance heroes. His protection of Emma was sometimes grating, but he clearly meant well, and by the end of the novel I came to like him.
Full of twists and turns, I never knew exactly where A BREATH OF FROST was going to take me, but it was an enjoyable ride. The mystery of Emma’s magical family almost could have occupied its own book, even without the mystery of the murdered young witches. The world Harvey created in London, with witches and keepers, other dimensions and ghosts was thrilling, and I’m eager to learn more. My one complaint would be the addition of Moira’s storyline past the prologue- it seemed to be a bit unnecessary and almost a distraction from the main plot.
With action, adventure, a mystery and even some romance, A BREATH OF FROST starts out The Lovegrove Legacy series with a bang. I can’t wait to see where Harvey takes us next with Gretchen’s story in WHISPER THE DEAD, the second book in the series, due out in October.
- A Breath of Frost
- Whisper the Dead
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