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Shadow Frost
In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises.Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal...
In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises.Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal...
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  • In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises.

    Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.Not one has ever returned.

    When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields—though has yet to fully understand—Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless trained soldiers have failed.

    To kill it.

    But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

    That is ... if the demon doesn't get to them first.

    From young author Coco Ma comes a dazzling new tale of adventure, power, and betrayal, weaving together a stunning world of magic with a killer cast in an explosive, unforgettable debut.

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  • Coco Ma is a Canadian author and pianist. She wrote her first novel, Shadow Frost, at the age of fifteen, and since she began playing the piano at the age of five and a half, she has performed on some of the world's greatest concert stages and graduated with a precollege diploma in piano performance from the Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, she studies at Yale University. When she isn't practicing piano, writing, or studying, you might find her bingeing Netflix or eating cake. Lots of cake.

    Visit Coco on Twitter @chaosforcoco, on Instagram @cakeforcoco, and at coco-ma.com.

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  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2019
    In a world where magic exists through nine elemental affinities, a headstrong princess who has the potential to wield them all seeks to prove her worth. Ma's debut introduces readers to 17-year-old Asterin Faelenhart, the Princess of Axaria and one of the few in her world who possess multiple affinities. When she learns that a demon has ravaged villages near the kingdom's outskirts, Asterin volunteers to find and kill it. She is joined by three trusted companions--her Royal Guardian, Orion; the commander of her Elite Royal Guard, Eadric; and her best friend, Luna--and two soldiers, Rose and Quinlan, whose queen sent them as a gift to Axaria from distant Eradore. On their journey, the group discovers that a greater force of evil than the demon is at work. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Asterin must confront hidden truths and make an impossible decision. Readers will enjoy the novel's exciting action sequences and original mythology, but abrupt tone shifts cause the narrative to falter on occasion, and the rather overblown writing style is reminiscent of fan fiction. Flirtation between characters abounds, slightly undermining the gravity of their quest. Loose threads and an unexpected reveal in the epilogue set the stage for a sequel. The majority of characters are white; two secondary characters share a same-sex romance. A fantasy with an intriguing premise that is ultimately more style than substance. (map) (Fantasy. 14-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 30, 2019

    Gr 7 Up-Teenage princess Asterin and her most loyal advisors set out to slay a deadly demon of darkness that is killing inhabitants of the Kingdom of Axaria in this good but overly long fantasy series opener. Citizens have magical abilities that are tied to affinity stones representing nine elements, each hailing from a different kingdom and bloodline. A tenth element, shadow, is the most powerful, but its use is forbidden. Asterin has mastered five elements but acquires even more skill after receiving another stone as a gift from neighboring Queen of Eradore. Orion, Asterin's Royal Guardian; Eadric, the captain of her guard; Luna, Eadric's girlfriend and Asterin's lady-in-waiting; and two new young Elite Guards from the kingdom of Eradore accompany Asterin on her quest. They encounter a wyvern, a pit full of corpses of villagers brutally killed, and other dangerous beasts in their demon hunt. The twisty plot is full of intrigue, and a sweet queer romance unfolds as the plot is told through characters' third-person points of view, but the story's middle section lags. The author originally wrote this novel at age 15 and uses anachronistic language that doesn't exist in this fantasy time period ("my bad"). VERDICT Asterin is a strong and realistically flawed heroine, and the other characters are satisfactorily fleshed out, but the book's pacing is uneven. Recommended only for larger libraries where fantasy is popular.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    September 1, 2019
    Grades 7-10 Princess Asterin is an exceptionally powerful magic wielder, so when she learns of a demon terrorizing her people?after scores of royal guards fail to hunt it down?she volunteers to help. Accompanied by her closest friends, Asterin journeys deep into the forest to find the demon while exploring the full scope of her own abilities. After uncovering a treacherous plot that topples Asterin's world, she and her group must devise a plan to take down the real threat, and they'll need more than just their magic to face it. Ma's debut takes readers on a suspenseful ride set in a deftly detailed fantasy world built upon a magic system that revolves around affinity stones, used to access a range of nine elemental forces. While the attempt at an ensemble cast was a bit lackluster, the characters are individually real and relatable as they tell their personal story alongside the bigger plot. The hint of a sequel promises more adventures in this vivid world.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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