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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Faye the Northern Frost: Chaos Chronicles: Book 3 by R.J. Tolson introduces King Edrice as he sits beside the deathbed of his wife, Queen Jomana. As Jomana weakens, the kingdom is attacked by a monster. Soon after, a young woman named Siva arrives to console the king. Princess Faye roams the streets in disguise, calling herself “Fefe”. She wins a post as a guard and is surprised when the villain “Rogue” protects her from a monster. Fefe learns his real name is Zephyr, and although she still blames him for her father’s death, she pretends to train with him. Their adventures take them back to the capital, where the real culprits are unmasked.
Faye the Northern Frost by R.J. Tolson was an enjoyable work of high fantasy. The book seemed suited to the middle-school or young adult market and contained appealing maps. I liked the way the princess stopped to help people, and was pleased whenever she was rewarded with something that would further her quest. The snowy setting complemented Faye’s ability to use ice magic, and the strategy of creating poles of ice to slide down seemed exciting and original. Faye’s progression from using ice magic to discovering water magic formed a logical and natural development. The narrative prompted my suspicions to move beyond the character’s assumptions and created a sense of dramatic irony. Faye seemed resistant to change because she was loyal and cautious, and I experienced a sense of satisfaction when she discovered the truth. This book reminded me of my favorite storybooks when I was a youthful reader.