Giants of the Frost Paperback – Apr 28 2004
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"Giants of the Frost blends fantasy with romance. As always Wilkins tells gripping story thick with atmosphere and tension. Whether it's describing the weird weather that heralds Odin or the strained group dynamics of scientists thrown together for long periods, Wilkins is note perfect." -- Barbara Davies STARBURST --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born in London, Kim Wilkins moved to Australia when she was four. She has degrees in English and Creative Writing. Her first novel, The Infernal won two 1997 Aurealis Awards, for best horror and best fantasy novel. She is married with a young son. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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*** Although transitions between scenes are a bit rough, nonetheless, this is a haunting, yet fast paced, novel. The action seesaws between the mystic world and modern, and the point of view changes often, but if you stick to the end, you'll be rewarded with a story that feels both old and new. Fans of Charles de Lint, particularly his book Moonheart, will enjoy this. ***
GotF is my first Kim Wilkins novel. I never considered myself a reader of fantasy or science fiction. I don't like those labels, because they sound like cheesy purple fairy stores and star trek conventions. Labels. I see the danger in them. Now I've learned there is a new term, "speculative fiction." I like that. The "what if" genre.
GotF appealed to the German major and Germanic studies person in me. It also appealed to the child who still is fascinated by mythology. There is a romance, but it's not goopy. The term "romance" can turn people off as it sounds like the stuff one sees on a soap. I found the romance in GotF just about love, but not melodramatic.
I also enjoyed the character development. I loved hating the some and loving the others.
Now quit reading the reviews and buy the book! Get to know an Australian author. If you have kids, look into getting Ms Wilkins's children's series (Ghost Ship, Tide Stealers, Sorcerer of the Waves, & Star Queen).
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was okay. Some of the characters voices were really well done and some were very annoying. For example the character of Aud had a very scratchy annoying voice. However, the main character’s voice was incredibly well done and nice to listen to. So I guess there was some good and some bad here.
Victoria Scott is trying to recover from breaking off her engagement and just wants somewhere quiet to finish her thesis. She takes a job on an isolated island in the Sea of Norway with a small group of weather researchers. Vicki is a logical woman and isn’t prepared for the stick like man who haunts her doorstep or the terrifying Hag that tries to suck the life out of her. Unknown to Vicki she has a history with this island, a history from a past life.
Meanwhile in Aesir lands Vidar is waiting for his true love on Midgar to be reborn. Until that time he is living away from the rest of his family (Odin, Loki, etc.) in a simple farmhouse with the slave Aud. Odin wants to keep Vidar close because of the prophecy that Vidar will one day save his life. However, Vidar is determined to be reunited with this true love once she is reborn.
I enjoyed the Norse mythology here and the beautiful writing style. I love the setting of the lonely Norse island in the sea; it’s very atmospheric and Wilkins makes it easy to picture. However, this story is very slow. Not a lot happens given how long the book is; midway through the book I was just plain bored.
I really enjoyed the characters on the research island in Midgard; Vicki and her coworkers were doing interesting work and were interesting to read about. However, I thought the portions of the book that took place in Asgard were boring and childish. I really disliked the character of Aud who made numerous poor decisions and then ended up being one of the only characters to get a happy ending. I cannot begin to go into the depths of my dislike for Aud and her childish and selfish decisions.
Overall this was an okay read. There were parts of the book I really liked (the mythology, Vicki’s character, writing style) and parts that I absolutely hated (how slow the middle of the book was, Aud’s character, the scenes in Asgard). It was just a very uneven read for me. I think from now on I will stick to Wilkins short stories and skip her books; I seem to enjoy her short stories a lot better than any of the books she’s written.