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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Frost is possessed by a wolf demon that brings death everywhere she goes. When she is captured by a band of warriors sworn to protect their country from rebel fighters she has to prove she is not an enemy.
Paperback, UK, 439 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Walker (first published June 21st 2012)
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Zoë Marriott
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Eh... you know, I did write the thing. I kinda have to think it's good. ...more
Sydney Mugerwa
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Frostfire is like the United Nations of cliches. You want headstrong heroines? Dashing heroes? Love triangles? Romance? Fantastical superpowers? Racial representation? Sexual orientations? Anticipated love triangle resolutions? Boy meets Girl meets World? I could go on and on and all my criteria would be met.

Having read Shadows on the Moon like so many other Zoe Marriot fans, I was colossally disappointed with Frostfire. The writing style seems resigned and uninspired. Give-'em-what-they-want.
I love everything about this book. Everything!
I even love the love triangle and I dislike love triangles with a vengeance.
(Say that 3 times fast and you can have a cupcake.)

When writing reviews I try really hard not to gush, given my fangirldom of Sunshine (Robin McKinley) I actually thought I delivered a pretty balanced review on that book… – I’ll be gushing over Frostfire.

Gush 1: The writing.

Gush 2: The story.

Gush 3: Frost.

Gush 3b: The remaining characters

Gush 4: The relationships. I’m
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Review by Madison

Frost, a girl who is possessed by the wolf believes she is dangerous and a murderer destined to live apart from everyone else. While trying to save someone's live she is captured by a group of warriors trying to regain their country from rebel fighters. Escape seems like the only option to keep both herself and the warriors safe. When the possibility of freedom, love and a home appear in the form of Luca and Arian, Frost can only be with one of them. Her battle with the wolf ins
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. I really loved Frostfire! This is definetely ZM's best book so far. Reasons why:

The writing is beautiful, as are the setting and characters.
Frost, is at first scared and feeble, uncontrollable strength coming to her only when she is possessed by a dark battle-raged wolf. She joins the hill guard, falls in love and confronts her past and becomes the confident heroic badass with an axe she was destined to be. She is a brilliant faulted coloured lady who develops beautifully throughout the no
Emma Christina
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another stunner! The characters were perfectly flawed, strong and complex. Although Shadows on the Moon is still my favourite of her books, this was definately worth more than 4 stars. My heart leapt and broke with the characters, truly beautiful writing. If i could have any authors talent with words, Zoe would definately be one of my first choices. The only problem i found with this book, which continues to irk me, is that not enough people have open the cover, because after page one you are ho ...more
Jun 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The blurb of Frostfire cannot express the ride this novel will take you on. If you read it around people they may wonder why you have gone from laughing hysterically to sobbing into your hanky within no time at all – and yeah, definitely have a hanky to hand.

The three main characters are some of the most developed and three dimensional characters I have read about in a long time. Frost is simultaneously a very strong character, who has pulled herself through a lot, and at the same time such a ve
Serendipity Reviews
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Zoë Marriot is one of those authors I adore. When I receive a book by her, I know I will be lost in a fantasy world from the moment I begin reading to the final paragraph on the last page. Her writing is just so evocative, I find my emotions become entwined with her words and I react alongside the characters to the events that occur in the book.

FrostFire is set in the same world as Daughter of the Flames, which is the only book by this author I haven't read. I didn't feel that I needed to read
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars.

Grabbed this after Rebecca Anderson tweeted that she'd just finished and loved it, and very glad she did. (Also, Zoë Marriott kindly let me know that there was no need to read the two Ruan books in order.) Beautiful writing, great setting - I'll definitely be reading more by Marriott - and a convincingly untrusting heroine. (The remedy to the insta-love of the YA fantasy might just be PTSD!) To put this very vaguely, I resisted the golden boy by whom everyone is smitten in
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly my favourite and I feel with all my heart that it deserves 5 stars!

Within this book you form a connection with the characters so deep that the emotions it illicits will make you laugh and cry with the character and love and hurt with the character!

This book sparked my passion for reading and I truly owe it all to the amazing author, Zoe Marriott, who is by far underrated and unacknowledged as are her other phenomenal books! I was 13 when I first read this book and nearly 3 ye
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story of Frost, a girl with a secret burden on a desperate mission to find a way to be free of it. On her way to a place where she thought she'd find the answers, her path crosses with that of Luca and Arian, the captain of the hill guard and his lieutenant, and their lives intertwine and change forever.

Interesting world, realistic characters and original ideas. While I enjoyed the romance between Frost and Luca, I wasn't as invested in it as I would have liked and found myself wondering abo
I'm between a three and a four for the moment. I don't know why but I couldn't connect with the book and I wasn't convinced by the love triangle. I'm going to read it again and hopefully my judgement will change. ...more
Marie Godley
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great book set back in the land where Daughter of the Flame was set but with amazing new characters. All strong and complex but ones that you will be willing to share their journey.
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
"Where are you going to go, Frost? Where can you possibly run to be safe from yourself?"

Possessed by a wolf demon that she can't control, Frost is too scared to get close to anyone. But when she unwittingly rescues two warriors she finds herself accepted into a band of misfits that teach her how to embrace love and friendship again. And how to accept herself.

This was an enjoyable read, and I really enjoyed Frosts story and how she learned to face her demons and to stand and fight for what she be
Melina Charokopaki
I had read this book before when I was younger and fell in love with it and now picked it up again, several years later. Still in love! I adore the characters, the protagonist as well as Luca and Arian, and laughed and cried with them. A LOT. Yes, it has a love triangle but it is done in a very good way, quite different than in most other books. And apart from that, maybe most importantly, I think it as quite a wise, spiritual book. Teachings don't always come in the form of the lecture or an ed ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. Love triangle of the worst kind, where the heroine behaves in an appallingly selfish manner (view spoiler) and the love interest I was rooting for (view spoiler) loses. Meh.

Also I wished she really did (view spoiler)
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Earlier this week, I reviewed DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES, a book that precedes FROSTFIRE in the world of Ruan. However, you don't need to read the books in any particular order. It's perfectly fine to read FROSTFIRE first. While some characters are mentioned, the two books don't rely on one another in order to make sense. In this sense, the two books remind me of companion novels MISTWOOD and NIGHTSPELL by Leah Cypess, where the books are linked in small ways, but independent of one another. A more ...more
Emma (howlsmovinglibrary)
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's very rare that I actually enjoy a book with a love triangle in, so this book deserves a shout out just for that.

I found the first book in the series a little problematic in places. This book is a lot stronger and is on much less rocky ground in terms of the narrative the author is trying to write.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zoë sent me FrostFire as a gift, so I was already full of emotion going into this read; but that emotion was amplified by Zoë's amazing writing & wonderful characters. Despite not having LOADS in common with Frost (like I did with Suzume in Shadows on the Moon), I became so emotionally attached to her & her story, & even the smallest thing brought tears to my eyes. She was a great protagonist & I would love more of her.

This book has had so much thought put into it & was full of emotion, magic,
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
[This review has been taken straight from my blog,]

Before reading:

Ever since I knew that Zoe was writing FrostFire, I wanted to read it. That's, like, a year's time. And this morning, FrostFire arrived! I am so, so happy :D I have no idea what to expect because omgomgomg Shadows on the Moon was just so good, I can't believe any book can top that! But the writer IS Zoe Marriott, after all, and I have no doubt whatsoever that she will blow my mind once again!

Also, Zoe,
Jude Ann Marie
Frostfire is a book with a PULL. It's one of those too rare books that pulls you in and makes you forget the world around you actually exists. It's a thrilling tale with plenty of action, fantasy and romance, and once again Marriott shows off her amazing skill at universe building.

A skilful storyteller, Marriott lures us into this world of Frost, a 17-year-old girl living in a world that isn't our own, who has battled her whole life with something she calls "the Wolf". Accused by many of being p
Hillary Paulino
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Frostfire is the story of Saram Aaeskaar - better known by her nickname of "Frost" and her journey to "The Sacred Flame" that she hopes will heal her of the Wolf curse she was born with. Along the way, she meets the Royal Hill Guard and it's charismatic leader Luca and his aggressive lieutenant Arian. Feelings develop and turmoil arises as the ultimate battle to end their mission arrives.

Frostfire is one of the only books I can pick up from time to time and read all over again - I never get sick
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Frostfire is kind of a companion novel to Daughter of the Flames but they tell different stories and can easily be read independently of each other.

Zoe Marriott is a fantastic writer- I have loved everything she has written. Her writing completely sucks me in and transports me into another world. While reading this book I was so emotionally involved with the characters, and just felt really there. I was up a mountainside in winter, afraid for my life... and I had to come back down to earth with
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

Last year I went on holiday and took with me Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott and it was incredible, one of my favourite books of the year. And now Zoe has done it again. This year on holiday, I took with me FrostFire and ended up crying several times into my hotel pillow late at night. I remember once not wanting to leave to go sightseeing because I had just 50 pages left.

I was slightly worried about taking FrostFire with me, as i
Kaylie Ashton
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review is also on the #YABluewater blog

Wow! Zoe you have done it again...

In the spirit of full disclosure, I LOVE Zoe Marriott's books! They are an automatic must read for me. I trust that from the first page I'm going to be taken on a magical journey, full of emotion and with plenty of twists and turns. With Frostfire I was not disappointed!

The worlds that Zoe creates are so believable that you just can't help being drawn into them. I'm not going to give you guys a rundown of the plot, as
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It's not often that I find a book that I love from the first page to the last page and every page in between but Frostfire was one of those few.

We follow the misfortunes of seventeen year old Frost. She's alone in a hostile world, believing that she is cursed and is just trying to survive while passing through life unnoticed. Everything changes for Frost when she stumbles across an ambush that she mistakenly intervenes in and meets the two young warriors who will chang
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One thing I noticed about this book was that the girl on the cover page didn’t quite fit the descriptions inside the book itself—same gripe I had about Daughter of the Flames. Though both books were set in the same world, I felt that FrostFire was better written, in terms of concepts, character development, and the smoothness of the plot in general.

I liked how almost every chapter would start with a flashback, and every part of the book would have a description of her running away from the wolf.
Caught Up In The Pages
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did intend to read To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo before this one as I thought it would arrive before FrostFire. As it turns out they arrived on the same day and I looked at my planned read deciding instantly it would now be after FrostFire that I would read it because I was literally lured toward Zoe Marriott's addition to the Daughter Of Flames world. I absolutely loved Daughter Of The Flames, both when I read it as a teen and last month when I re-read it so reading FrostFire was too ...more
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Zoë has known that she wanted to be a writer since she read 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton at age eight. She's never changed her mind in all the years since then.

She completed her first manuscript - a truly embarrassing romance novel - at age sixteen, and kept on writing books and submitting them until she had collected rejections from nearly very publisher in the UK and two in Australia.

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