Review: Frostfire

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Book Title: Frostfire

Author: Jamie Smith

Publisher: Chicken House

Publication Date: November 2018

Most Suitable for: KS2


'The mountain had murder in mind'. Jamie Smith’s debut middle-grade novel starts with these words and maintains the same deeply dramatic mood throughout the story.


Originally shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, Frostfire is a highly original fantasy story set in icy mountains with magical, sentient glaciers at their heart.


Sabira lives in an ancient mountain settlement and is chosen for the special task of making the perilous pilgrimage to the top of the mountain to bond with a magical glacier fragment called a ‘frostsliver’.


Despite reaching the top and finding the frostsliver, Sabira soon becomes trapped when a mighty avalanche blocks the pass back home. In a bid to survive the dangers housed by the mysterious mountain, which seems to have a mind of its own, Sabira must demonstrate determination and quick-thinking in order to overcome a host of perils from fire and ice to monsters and villains.


Thrilling throughout and packed with the spirit of adventure, Frostfire is an unusual story full of twists and turns. I enjoyed the magic of the impressive mountain setting, the stream of surprises unravelled in the plot and the strength of Sabira’s character that is the driving force behind her journey.


To find out more about the author Jamie Smith, read his special guest blog post about how he became a writer.

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