I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Published by Walker Children's Books on January 2nd
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Also by this author: Whisper the Dead, Red
A breathtaking new series from fan-favorite author Alyxandra Harvey about three cousins discovering a secret family legacy in Regency London
In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their secret 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?
I love Alyxandra Harvey, she is one of my favorite authors. I haven’t read one of her books that I haven’t liked and she did not disappoint with her new book A Breath of Frost! I really like the world that Harvey has built in this historical YA that involves witches.
Emma is a Lovegrove and this makes her very dangerous even though she has no idea why. She is part of a very famous highborn witching family and her mother had a secret that she needed to hide. Emma’s mother is a very powerful witch and she didn’t want the Order to hurt her daughter so she bound her magical powers and made it to where if someone tried to talk to her about witchery she wouldn’t have a clue what they were saying. Her spell was so powerful that he didn’t just bind Emma but it bound her two cousins as well.
Emma’s mother went crazy after preforming that spell because it was so powerful, so Emma never really knew her mother. She finds one of her mothers spell bottles but thinks its a perfume bottle and wheres it around her neck. One night when she was at a ball she dropped the bottle and it broke causing an earthquake. She didn’t know it at the time but she just unbound her powers, open a bunch of gates to the Otherworld and let out the Greymalkin sisters.
This puts the Order hot on her trail and she doesn’t still really doesn’t have a clue why. The one guy who likes her Cormac is part of the order and he tries to help her. He tries his best not to want to like her but he can’t help but fall for her but he has to pretend that he doesn’t like her so he can help her. He tells her all about magic and her powers and others can’t believe they have no clue about magic. Emma gets taken by the Order and put in an academy for highborn witch. Her cousins join her there but they don’t have to stay there like Emma does.
Young female witches keep turning up dead and all the signs lead to Emma because she always ends up where the dead girls are and since the Order is afraid of her and her magic they have no problems blaming her. So along with her cousins, a madcap and Cormac she is going to have to figure out more about her magic and how to take down the killer and the Greymalkin sisters. As Emma tries to figure out why her mother bound her magic she finds out a few secrets about her mother and a bit more about herself.
All the characters in A Breath of Frost are great. Emma has never been like everyone else and she is no different with magic. She is spunky and a really likable main character. Her cousin’s Gretchen and Penelope are very interesting as well and not your normal aristocratic debutantes. With Cormac you have to warm up to him, at first you can’t stand him because you think he is just a player. He kisses Emma and then runs off cursing at himself. Then he flirts with her again, but keeps saying he can’t be with her because she is a Lovegrove and he is part of the Order. But when he finally starts to not care about the Order and wants to help Emma then he redeems himself.
The plot of the story was very fast paced and you really wanted to find out more about Emma’s mother and her secrets. Why is everyone so frightened of Emma, etc. The ending didn’t leave you with a cliffhanger for which I am extremely glad but it does leave you wanting to know what is going to happen next. I can’t wait to read the next book!!