Frostheart by Jamie Littler @jamieillustrate @PuffinBooks

Posted April 17, 2020 by midnightreview in Reviews / 1 Comment


Bursting with brilliant characters, heart-stopping adventure and tons of laughs, this magical tale is perfect for fans of Nevermoor, Frozen and How to Train Your Dragon!

Way out in the furthest part of the known world, a tiny stronghold exists all on its own, cut off from the rest of human-kin by monsters that lurk beneath the Snow Sea.

There, a little boy called Ash waits for the return of his parents, singing a forbidden lullaby to remind him of them… and doing his best to avoid his very, VERY grumpy yeti guardian, Tobu.

But life is about to get a whole lot more crazy-adventurous for Ash.

When a brave rescue attempt reveals he has amazing magical powers, he’s whisked aboard the Frostheart, a sleigh packed full of daring explorers who could use his help. But can they help him find his family . . . ?

My Review

This was the first book I chose for my O.W.L’s and what a great start to the month long readathon. This was read for my Ancient Runes O.W.L. You can find out about the O.W.L’s here.

I brought this book ages ago after watching several videos by the BookTuber Gavin, you can find his channel here. He waxed lyrical about it and he did not steer me wrong. I had so much fun reading this.

The Story

We follow Ash and his yeti guardian Tobu, yep a yeti and that is only the start of the fabulous characters we will meet. Ash has a magical power that is feared among the people he lives with. The day comes when he is forced to use it and sets into motion a chain of events that lands him on the Frostheart.

The Setting

The setting for this book is just perfect. Jamie has described the World in a way that truly makes it come to life. The outlying strongholds, the endless white landscapes, the stillness and the silence. All vividly brought to life on the page. You will be enchanted by the setting alone. I adored reading about the snowy landscapes.

The Characters

What a unique cast of characters we have in this book. From a yeti to a walrus to a fox and lots more in-between. I had great fun getting to know them all. They are well shaped and developed. We get to know the crew of the Frostheart alongside Ash – is everyone who they appear to be?

One of my favourites has to be the Drifter Lunah. Young, confident, happy to stand up to the bullies. Exactly who Ash needed on his side, there is a beautiful friendship developing between the pair that is pitched perfectly.  

Final Thoughts

For younger readers (and older ones to!) there is just the right amount of tense and perilous moments. The story flows beautifully and chapter lengths are perfect for emergent readers to read solo. And an added bonus are those gorgeous illustrations which really do add to the overall atmosphere and story.

I loved every moment of this magical read, it has now been stolen by my 8 year old. I know he will love it just as much as me.

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