FrostBite by Joshua Bader

Frostbite (Modern Knights #1)

 

Books’ Name: FrostBite

Author’s Name: Joshua Bader

Publisher: City Owl Press

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Colin Fisher is a young man with a lot of problems on his plate: a dying father, a dead car doubling as a home, and a mysteriously disappeared fiancée. You’d think with a magical inclination he’d be able to turn it all around, but not so much.

Yet his bad luck appears to be on the way out when the CEO of a multinational corporation offers him a job. It’s a sweet gig as a personal wizard with a fat paycheck. It just has one catch. The paranoid CEO isn’t a mere hypochondriac, he’s been hexed with an authentic ancient curse.

Now Colin is the only thing standing between his new boss and a frozen bundle of fangs, claws, and rage. If he can’t stop the cannibal ice demon in time to save his new boss, it’ll be back to living out of his dead car. That is, if he even survives the battle.

 

Frostbite was a netgalley book—and a very interesting one at that. I was attracted to the book because of its blurb. I mean how cool it is to have one’s personal wizard? If I had one, I would make him/her do all the work of cleaning, washing etc. (Okay, I do have a maid for all that), but a personal wizard will be far more interesting. So, I wanted to see what does the personal wizard do in the book.

But in reality, this story is more than the story of a personal wizard. The story is fast-paced and quite interesting journey of a vagabond wizard to the realization of why he became the wizard. The story has a lot of world-building which happens along with the story as we discover the new world with the Wizard Colin Fisher himself.

What I liked

Fast-Pace: The story is written in quite a fast pace. This fast pace keeps the readers engaged throughout the story. You won’t feel that the story is dragging too much.

World-Building: Very few books are able to make the reader believe the world they are building is possible. This story truly does establish that belief and hence it made the book more interesting for me.

Magic: The interesting way the magic is used made me smile in the book. It is creative and innovative.

What I disliked

Unanswered questions/underutilized characters: There are some characters which just touch and go like the lake faerie. I wish there was more to these characters and their roles in the story Probably the reason for these characters are in the coming novel, but for now they feel underutilized and fillers (which one doesn’t notice because of the pace of the story, but I still wanted to know why they were in the story like what is their long-term purpose.)

Overall opinion

It is an interesting book which sets the stage for the coming sequel. You won’t find the main story incomplete in this part of the book, but it leaves the readers with enough thirst to wait for the next part and see what exactly is going to happen. It is like you have decided to enter a dungeon and this is the first room, and you are really curious to know what was the reason author pulled you in this dungeon.

Definitely a must-read for the fans who enjoy such fantasy.

My ratings:

Four Stars

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H=Harry Potter

H for me is equal to Harry Potter. The Harry Potter series didn’t change my life. It didn’t change my thoughts, but it provided me a dream world to live in. I was in college when the books became all rage. I neither had the money to buy those book, not the inclination to dive in the fantasy. But then one of my travel companion loaned it to me. I read it in that random bus ride. By the time, my home came, I was halfway through that book. Next day, I was in the same bus and was able to finish the book. Second book was loaned like this. Third book was loaned like this. But by the time I reached at the fourth book, the travel companion’s transfer letter came, and she left. So then I decided to beg my parents for those books on my birthday. It was at fourth book I guess. 

 

This book left me mesmerized by its magic and creatures, by its amazing yet so normal world. It gave me characters which were not happy, but were able to find happiness. And it gave me Tom Riddle– a neglected yet adorable villain. I fell in love with him in Chamber of Secrets. As he told about Ginny pouring her words, I gave my heart to him. 

The book gave me laughter and sorrow at many points. I yearned for friends like Ron and Hermoine and a teacher/guide like Dumbledore.  I wished for a caretaker like Hagrid. 

The best thing about the book was the plotting. One sentence said in second book would go and join itself to the fourth book. Dobby, a small elf, goes and becomes a hero in the end. I was awed by how author strung the story together, how all the events were connected. There wasn’t even a single loose thread. Every event, every word had a meaning. 

I call this as my bus stand book as I read first five books on the bus stands. I would miss the bus after bus, just to finish one chapter. I missed classes because I was taking lessons at Hogwarts. I even bunked office once to finish the last installment of the book. (Shh, it’s a secret!)