Author: Megan Derr
Series: Wick 2
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
To save the life of the crown prince, Starwick took a curse upon himself, but the curse leaves him in excruciating pain alleviated only by Tyrwick, the king's bastard son and a man who has always despised Starwick. If he wants to live they must find the man who cast the curse and take back the ring he stole, but Starwick's real challenge is not hunting a man—it is fighting his own despair, reinforced by Tyrwick's cold disregard and his own shadowy life.
My first comment when I finished reading this book was 'why wasn't this single story included in Wick?' Wick is the first book in the series and contains four short stories set in the same world. Each story had a different romantic lead, but all the main characters from the previous books were present and active. Frostwick was no different from any of those stories and would probably have been better served published as part of Wick rather than on its own.
The main drawback to Frostwick was that it lacked details. Nothing important was explained including where the magic powers come from, how wick works, the existence of familiars, and a few other needed details like descriptions of the side-characters. A stand alone book--even if it's set in the same world with the same characters as another book--needs to be able to stand on its own. Frostwick couldn't do that. Derr relied too heavily on her readers' having read Wick first. Because I read Frostwick directly after reading Wick, I didn't immediately notice the details were missing. Someone who reads Frostwick without having read Wick will probably be very confused.
Frostwick was still a very interesting story despite that drawback and I did enjoy reading it. Starwick is in trouble. He is suffering from a deadly curse he received while protecting his prince and needs a magic ring the attacker stole in order to save himself. He finds help from all the main characters from Wick (who were never properly described in Frostwick) and together they work to catch the bad guy and save Starwick. It was a fun read, if a bit simplistic. There were no big twists to the plot, which made it predictable, but sometimes an easy, happy read fits the bill and Frostwick was definitely that.
To understand what happens in Frostwick, I recommend you read Wick first. Frostwick is missing details like character descriptions that were given in Wick, which means Frostwick cannot stand on its own. The story itself was fun, but simplistic, and overall I did enjoy reading it so I do recommend it..
Maggie reviews paranormal and fantasy novels and novellas. She also interviews authors and hosts giveaways.