Book Review

Frost – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 / 5 stars)

Nathan Masterson knows little about his past, but as Jack Frost’s protege it doesn’t seem to matter. But after being framed with a crime he didn’t commit, Nate and Jack are forced on the run from the magical law enforcement, the Organization. But as he runs for his life, he and Jack uncover darker forces at work. Can he stop it before innocent lives are lost?

Patrick D. Kaiser is back with his wonderful poetic verse novels in a new series: the Death-Bringer Chronicles. In a world occupied by fae, trolls, goblins, seers, and other creatures, we are instantly whisked away into Nate’s life as Jack Frost’s protege. We see him falling right from the start, and he has to take stock in his magic before he hits the ground. This immediate beginning draws the reader into the dangers of magic in this world, but also the amazing things it can do.

The story is filled with a bunch of interesting characters that keep each chapter fresh and unique. For me, the one who stuck out the most was Don Vito – the leader of the troll mafia in Italy. While he represents a standard mob boss, I love the idea of a troll mafia. The visuals of this hunkering mob boss, and his family, drew me in, leaving me with questions about the metrics of the world at large.

Kaiser’s writing has certainly improved since his Crimson Minds trilogy. His poetry is less dependent on rhyming, focusing on ways to make each verse unique: rhythm, beat, syllables, etcetera. Everything flowed nicely, and I am eager to see how his writing improves over the next books.

Yet, as I’ve mentioned before, verse can be difficult. While the story itself is entertaining, it took a bit for me to gather a full understanding of all the different pieces in this magical society. Verse doesn’t allow for the exposition necessary to explain everything, and with the narrative throwing us right into the action, I found myself wondering more about different aspects of the world that did not get explored. Most notably was Nathan’s relationship with Jack Frost. It’s said that Frost is a notable criminal, and Nathan is her protege. But already Nathan’s talents are notable, and Frost appears and disappears like snow on the ground. If we had spent a couple chapters exploring this relationship, it might have woven in deeper the relationship between Nathan and Jack, so the ending is all more heartbreaking.

But once the story got going, it was a lot of fun. Meeting the fae, the trolls, the O.D. and all the rest wove together nicely in a thrilling story with a heartbreaking conclusion. By the end, you’ll know why it’s called the Death-Bringer Chronicles.

I eagerly anticipate the next installment in this series. Now that I know who Nathan Masterson is, I’m ready for his next adventure.

What’s it about?

Everyday people living everyday lives, not knowing the legends, myths, and fairy tales they tell their children are real.

Goblins, trolls, magic – Not to mention Jack frost: The world’s most notorious criminal, the master escape artist, & one cool lady. Jack currently finds herself training Nathan Masterson, a protege with a magic thought to be extinct who now finds himself drawing attention from the Organization: The magical governments law enforcement group. On the run for a murder he didn’t commit & struggling with the secrets of his past. Is he seeing double or is someone out to frame him? Even with help from Jack the world seems colder than usual.

As Death approaches. It’s gonna be a cold summer.

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A Discussion of Creativity & Writing: An Interview with Patrick D. Kaiser

Today we are talking with Patrick D. Kaiser about his creative process. Patrick D. Kaiser is the author of the Crimson Minds Trilogy, Frost, and more!

About Author

Patrick D. Kaiser is the author of Catch the Moment, Colors of the Heart, The Light Before We Land, and the freshly completed Crimson Minds Trilogy. The upcoming first book: Frost – In his new series: The Death-Bringer Chronicles will be released in September 2020.

Having Asperger’s Syndrome as well as Tourettes doesn’t slow Patrick down in the slightest. His work ethic and positive attitude are infectious according to those in his life. His positivity can especially be seen in his writing; despite using heavier subjects in his books, he addresses them with a light that’s rarely found in fiction these days, resulting in a profound balance of entertaining and thought provoking content that tugs at the heart strings.

His various books are written in a curious, yet engaging style that is difficult to put down. Patrick’s vision is to turn the idea of the traditional verse novel on it’s head & to break new ground, creating something uniquely delicious, all it’s own.

So let’s get into the questions!

First, tell us about your book!

Frost is about a young magical thief who get framed for murder. He teams up with Jack Frost and tangles with the magical FBI and The magical criminal underworld. It is a thriller written in verse.

How did you come up with this idea? What inspired you?

Years ago me and a friend had an inside joke about helping the cops hunt down the criminal Jack Frost. Don’t really remember how it even started. But it stuck with me and this book is the result.

Tell us a little bit about your main character(s). Were you inspired by anyone particular when writing them?

I just used the typical tactics on writing a compelling character. Relatable, mysterious, proactive, & a likable person.

What about your setting? What inspired you to choose where the story took place?

I just like the thought of Paris as a home base for a global crime fighting organization.

Obviously, stories change from their initial inception. How has your story changed while working on it?

It originally started as a high school romance.

What is your writing process like?

I usually start with a chapter title and an idea of where I’m going. Then I write what feels right.

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?

Discovering parts of the story I didn’t anticipate.

What was the most difficult part in writing your book? How did you overcome it?

Probably being brave enough to go through with writing Verse Thrillers against everyone telling me it wouldn’t work.

Now let’s talk personal inspiration: did anyone or anything inspire you to be a writer?

The author of Eragon – Christopher Paolini. He was 15 when he wrote it. Learning that that was an option made the decision for me.

Finally, do you have any words of inspiration or tips to new authors?

Trust your instincts. Never let someone tell you it won’t work. If you have an idea you can make it work.

Thank you for joining us today! If you’re interested in Patrick D. Kaiser, check out the links below!

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Until next time,

E.S. Barrison