By: Jennifer Estep
Copyright December 2011
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Logan Quinn was trying to kill me. My Spartan classmate relentlessly pursued me, swinging his sword at me over and over again, the shining silver blade inching closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes practically glowed with the thrill of battle…
I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, and I have no idea how I’m going to survive the rest of the semester. One day, I’m getting schooled in swordplay by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gorgeous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invisible archer in the Library of Antiquities decides to use me for target practice. And now, I find out that someone at the academy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword…
Gwen’s gift as a Gypsy is the power of psychometry, the ability to read any object and know who owned it and its history. But Gwen’s powers are growing along with her as she gets older. She is attending Mythos Academy to learn how to control her gift, and to learn how to protect herself in a world where she never knew when the Reapers or even a classmate would try to kill her.
Gwen is still not too happy about being at Mythos Academy. She continues to sneak out to visit her grandmother and pick up the homemade cookies and cakes she makes for Gwen. As her life gets more and more complicated at school, her talent is maturing and expanding. She is starting to get visions of things that happened to other people but affect her in her personal life.
In this second book of the Mythos Academy Series, we are learning more about Gwen, her teachers and even her family history, which in many places overlaps uncomfortable for Gwen. The author is taking us deeper and deeper into the lives and history’s of the characters and we, as we are drawn further into the lives of these people often find ourselves taking sides, for and against many of Gwen’s classmates and teachers.
I personally hope, and think that this YA series is going to be the next major long running story line for 2012 and beyond. I hope you agree.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.