Are you looking for a good, solid fantasy? Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins is a love-story with plenty of atmosphere and just enough Norse Mythology to have me scrambling for more info on the Internet about Odin,Thor and Loki. The story had a great beginning and middle, with a somewhat sucky, realistic ending told in shifting points of view that actually worked for me. As I am no fan of first person POV’s.
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…
Giants of the Frost is a pretty solid fantasy read. The narrative flows smoothly. It’s a horror story and a love story full of Norse folklore/mythology. I was sucked in by the narrator, Victoria, who comes to this isolated island amidst talk of it being haunted. Such talk about ghosts doesn’t move Victoria. She doesn’t believe in them. Her first night out there she starts to see and hear things that shakes her belief in ghosts. I won’t reveal more of the story for fear of spoilers. If you enjoy Norse mythology, then this is the book for you. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Wilkins.