Both Freya and L.C. Mawson’s writing have matured in Kingsguard, the latest installment in the Snowverse series. The writing is more direct and the plot structure clearer than in some earlier instalments, although it is still a complex and convoluted universe the author has created.
In Kingsguard, an earlier episode in Freya’s life is central to the story: an episode the series reader will remember but of which Freya has very edited memories. This adds an element of almost amusement and anticipation for the reader: when will Freya realize?
Kingsguard is another solid addition to the Snowverse and its cast of diverse, original characters.
I think I’ve lost track of how many Snowverse books there are now, but they keep getting better and better; more focused, the writing tighter, the characters more developed. Trident, the latest in the series, follows Freya as she accompanies her friends Mel and Sarah to the underwater realm of Atlantis. Mel is challenging the head of her Mer house for the right for Atlantean citizenship, and the quest she must undergo to gain that right needs all of Freya’s varied and multiple magical abilities to even give them a chance of succeeding.
Along with this fast-paced adventure, developments in both Freya’s personal life and in her existence in the Shadow Realm are entwined in the story, further framing Freya’s growth in her earthly life and in her life beyond Earth’s bounds. A fairly short novel at about 180 pages on my Kindle app, Trident kept me reading…I only put it down to watch the second-last episode of Doctor Who. Speaking of which, I think there’s a bit of an homage to the Tenth Doctor in Trident – if not, then ‘great minds think alike’ (or write alike!). Five stars.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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