Title & Author: Arctic Dawn by Karissa Laurel
Genre: Fantasy – Urban fantasy, Mythology, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: July 5th 2016
Series: The Norse Chronicles #2
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Source: Finished Copy via the Author
Description: Alone and exhausted after her month-long sojourn as a shooting star, Solina Mundy flees to southern California to lie low, recuperate, and plot a survival strategy. The one person she trusts to watch her back is her best friend, Skyla Ramirez. But Skyla has been missing for weeks.
The arrival of a dangerous stranger and the discovery of a legendary weapon of mass destruction forces Solina out of hiding and back into the fight for her life. Solina knows she won’t last long on her own. She must find out what happened to Skyla and unite her contentious allies if she hopes to track down this devastating weapon before her enemies use it to burn the world to ash.
Thank you to Karissa Laurel for sending me a finished copy of this amazing book!
First of all Arctic Dawn has got to have some of the most plot twists I have ever read.
This review was a long time coming given how much I loved the first book in this series. Oh how I’ve missed Thorin’s manly, gruff exterior and secret mushy side. At the beginning of this book we pick up almost directly where the last book left off. We see what Solina has been up to, where she is, how she is training and coping with the severe changes in her life. I will give you a big heads up in saying reread the first book before diving into this one. As much as I hate books that revisit every little thing that happened in the last book this one gives us nothing. I remembered the key players but some of the lesser seen characters had me scratching my head. It wasn’t until about halfway through I remembered everyone. (If you read a lot of books between these two please, do yourself the favor and at least skim the first book. You’ll thank me later.)
The slow burning romance of Solina and Thorin returns! *insert evil laugh* Of course there are serious plot points like what happens with the other wolf, is Helena still as evil as ever, and who is that super creepy guy following Solina?
After going Supernova we find Solina in California trying to search for clues as to the whereabouts of Skyla. Everything seems to be going her way until a total creepster supernatural with a penchant for flashy birds shows up and attacks Solina’s friend. From there its a desperate call for help to Thorin and the whole gang is back together. Well, everyone but Skyla who we eventually find hiding out at the Airy.
But the Airy’s been compromised.
Or has it?
We finally get a glimpse of the infamous Thorin’s power and let me tell you it does not disappoint. This book is fast paced and action packed. My heart goes out to Solina for taking her punches in stride and no longer backing down from a fight.
Now I hate spoiling things and SO MUCH goes on in this book that seriously, I feel like everything is a spoiler because holy amazeballs those plot twists. Also, Golems? How awesome is that! All I’m willing to tell you is this book is just as good at the first in terms of action and yummy pent up lustful looks between Thorin and Solina. I will however give you a little something to keep you intrigued, you get to meet Thorin’s hardcore brother and things get cray cray.