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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio; MP3 edition (March 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742145833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742145839
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
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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 the 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 the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa475eb58) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa463f75c) out of 5 stars Giants of the Frost May 8 2006
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For centuries, Vidar has cherished the memory of Halla, a young, mortal woman he loved but destiny denied him, partly because she was a woman of Midguard, and he was Aesir, a son of Odin and fated to save his father's life. Now, it appears he will have a second chance when Victoria Scott steps onto a lonely island in the Sea of Norway. She is Halla reborn, and Vidar still loves her, though he knows how impossible it all is; Odin will never let him go, and the love he bears Victoria places her in danger. Victoria is more determined in this life, however, and will give him the courage to defy his father and fate. Whether or not he succeeds is another matter.

*** 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. ***

Amanda Killgore
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa463fb64) out of 5 stars Mystery, romance and fabulous fantasy ! Jan. 4 2006
By Gina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow! just finished the fantastic novel Giants Of The Frost by Kim Wilkins...It's about Victoria who is a scientist stationed at a remote weather station on an island off Norway. Complications set in when bizarre happenings linked to her unknown past appear. Odin, son of a Norse God believes Victoria is the reincarnation of his love he lost a millennium earlier. I couldn't put the book down once I'd started it and couldn't believe it when it was finished. Wanted more. Still want more! Can't wait to read other Kim Wilkins novels.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa463fbdc) out of 5 stars A masterpiece Jan. 16 2006
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Once I started the first page of this haunting romantic fantasy, I couldn't put it down until the very last page. Kim Wilkins has brought to life the worlds of Midgard and Asgard. Midgard is the world as we know it whereas Asgard is where Nordic gods such as Odin reside. In Midgard, Victoria Scott has escaped from her two failed engagements and her psychic-consulting mother to Othinsey, an isolated island in the Sea of Norway, to continue her work in meteorology research. Othinsey is the stepping stone between the two worlds and, as such, several inhabitants from Asgard have been exiled there by Odin. Those at the meteorological station have rumored that Othinsey is haunted due to whispers heard during the night as well as sightings of a hag who'll steal your breath, the draugr, and a wight (a twig man). Victoria is a skeptic until she too sees both the hag and the wight Skripi, but due to her chronic insomnia, she tries to excuse the sightings as hallucinations. Unfortunately, events have been set in motion that leave Victoria alone on Othinsey. Meanwhile in Asgard, Vidar, Odin's son, becomes aware of Victoria and decides to see her again. Victoria is the reincarnation of his love, Halla, who was killed by Odin. Odin feared that Vidar would leave Asgard as Vidar is prophesied to save Odin from the end of the world, known as Ragnarok. Vidar, in his grief over Halla, had gone to see Hel in Niflheim who granted the reincarnation of Halla but allowed that it would be many, many years before her return. In addition, Vidar cannot reveal her past until Victoria has fallen in love with him again. I will not spoil this wonderful mythology based romantic fantasy by revealing more of the plot as it is the intricately interwoven details that make this such a masterpiece. Suffice to say that Loki makes an appearance and with Loki there is always mischief. Overall, this hauntingly beautiful tale is well worth reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa463f984) out of 5 stars a page turner April 17 2007
By IHateToast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All the reviews that have been writen give an accurate description of the plot summary. I won't bore you by repeating it, as I'd risk spoiling it or not doing it justice.

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).
HASH(0xa46430c0) out of 5 stars Beautifully written but slow moving. Jan. 16 2016
By Karissa Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have had this book to read for quite some time. I first read Kim Wilkins in the Dreaming Again anthology released in 2008. I immediately went out and picked out Giants of the Frost and The Autumn Castle. I thought the Autumn Castle was okay, but not great. Giants of the Frost was also in the “okay but not great” category. It moves pretty slowly. It’s advertised as an urban fantasy but really doesn’t fit in that genre all that well.

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.

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