Published by Koehler Books on June 26th 2017
When he is diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition at the age of seventeen, Asa is certain that his adventures have come to an end. He is alone, having been abandoned by parents who never wanted him and a village that couldn’t raise him. However, as the bells start to ring, those are the least of his problems. The evil sorcerer Erebus has the land of Eodem under his control. Thrust into a world of distrust and aggression, Asa can rely on just one person: his friend Averett. The wall that divides Eodem seems to be an unobtainable goal, and danger is always one step ahead.
His Frozen Fingertips is a YA novel which explores LGBT themes. It was written by a 15 year old who managed to portray the relationship between Asa and Avery very well, a struggle that many have been through in their lives and very relatable, whether they are LGBT or not. The character building was done well and I felt that I knew the two main characters quite well.
A lot happens very quickly throughout, I would have preferred the novel to be longer as I felt I could have done with more time to explore the world, allowing for more depth in the story to develop. At times perhaps the pace is too fast, however, their misfortune was compelling enough to make you want to read on to find out what happens to Avery and Asa.
The end was bittersweet, which I was happy about as I would have been very disappointed if everything had worked our perfectly and they all lived happily ever after. Overall, I was left with some confusion in regards to the motivation of the main character to undergo this ‘adventure’, and why he was chosen.
Therefore, despite the fact that I’m giving it 3 stars, I feel that younger readers would enjoy it more, and I encourage you to give it a go if you want a fast fantasy read.
Thanks for reading!