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(Frostheart #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,519 ratings  ·  297 reviews
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 f
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Puffin
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Jade This book is amazing for kids of all ages. I would say children of 7+ would get a lot of enjoyment from this book.

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Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite children's book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

That's a huge claim to make, but hear me out. I read a lot of children's books / middle grade and it's quite possibly my favourite type of book. What I love about children's books is the whimsical and magical nature about them, all the while demonstrating to us the importance of family and friendship - as well as believing in oneself. 'Frostheart' by Jamie Littler demonstrates all this and more, with a colourful cast
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
*Rated 4.5/5 stars!
(revisiting this to finally give a review lol) You can hear more thoughts via my booktube channel in my November Wrap Up

I was so impressed with this book! I wasn't sure if it would edge onto the side of middle grade books I don't like reading as an adult, but nope - I was wrong. I haven't read too many middle grades, but this is one of favourites from the bunch!

Ash is just one of those characters you can't help feeling for. He's such a little cinnamon bun of a character, just
Dannii Elle
This is the first instalment in the Frostheart series.

Ash has a song inside of him. The only issue with this is that the very tune that constantly reverberates around his brain and allows him to recall the gentle touch of his missing parents, strikes fear into the hearts of his community, where such a song is outlawed. Great beasts lurk around their stronghold's confines and their songs sing of death to all humans who fall into their monstrous clutches. Ash's song allows him to somewhat communic
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sara by: Gavin
4.5 stars.

Frostheart follows the story of Ash, a young boy with the ability to 'song weave', and communicate with the dangerous Leviathan monsters who hunt and destroy the people of his world. Song weaving is forbidden within his isolated Stronghold, and on discovering his secret, he is forced into exile aboard the Frostheart, a Pathfinder sledge manned by a crew of misfits who travel between Strongholds delivering supplies and fighting the Leviathans amongst the barren and dangerous frozen plai
Spencer Orey
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-fantasy
The illustrations really bring this one together.
rachel ☾
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

pitching a book as "Nevermoor meets Frozen with a dash of How to Train Your Dragon" is bound to set some Lofty expectations. it was adorable and the world-building was top notch, sure, but i was a little underwhelmed

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Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it. I felt completely in love with the world, Ash and the rest of the Frostheart crew! ❄️ So unique! And those illustations! I can’t WAIT for the sequel! 💙
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
'Clinging to a painful past will only poison the present. But the future is still there to be made'.


It's November. What better time to snuggle by the space heater with a middle-grade book about snow and adventures and magic?
Actually, to tell you the truth, I had to read Frostheart for work, and probably wouldn't have thought to pick it up otherwise, but all the same. November is a good time for cosy book reading.

This book, with its colours and its artwork, is probabl
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, read-in-2019
This was such a fun-filled and lovable novel! I loved the adventure, the jokes, and especially the loyalty and friendship! Ash is adorable, and I love everything about him! I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy to see the rest of the illustrations that were not yet made for this proof, and I also look forward to the next book in this series (though I know it will be quite a while). I thought the writing was so magical and imaginative that I was completely pulled into the story every t ...more
Really enjoyed this book. Great story and I love the writing style. The only reason it isn't an 5 star rating is because a lot of things a predictable. ...more
Sophie (RedheadReading)
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful! The worldbuilding was brilliant and the cast of characters were just lovely.
Victor The Reader
A touching and exhilarating journey that does feel a little too long but makes up with its cast of characters and cartoonish art. B+ (83%/Very Good)
Tanya Ball
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Picture me as Stefan from SNL: This book has EVERYTHING!! Yetis, walruses, friendship, action, evil, and even floundering fish farts!!

Ash’s parents have left him in the Fira Stronghold for an eternity, promising they’d be back. He has been shunned by his people who are terrified of his Singing. When the Frostheart sleigh stops in to trade, Ash decides to go with them to follow the clues they left him in a lullaby.

I ADORED this book and I am SO EXCITED about having a favorite new series!
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best middle grade books I've read!

It has everything you want a book to have! Adventure, travels, friendships, families, decisions to make, life lessons, amazing settings and creatures, magic...


Feb 01, 2020 added it
I really really enjoyed this.

This is a polar fantasy that follows our main protagonist Ash. Ash's parents have been missing for years and he yearns for their company. He lives in a place that is plagued by these monsters called Leviathans. Certain people have an ability to communicate with these creatures, but most societies in this world view these Song Weavers as evil and bad. Ash just so happens to be one of these Song Weavers and is ostracized by his community.

The writing in this isn't any
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was fun! A mix of ‘The Last Airbender’ and ‘Mortal Engines’, a host of cool and quirky characters, and a perpetual lighthearted note. The illustrations (by the evidentially extremely talented author) really added to the experience. Feels like a while since I’ve read something like this. It’s a fast-paced adventure, with a protagonist I never felt irritated with – which happens a LOT when it comes to reading “chosen one” children’s literature 😂

Not sure how much is really offered on the origi
What a beautiful cover! Frostheart is an adventurous read with wonderful illustrations by the author himself! Unfortunately I didn't fall in love with the story as many others but I will continue the series for sure because I really like the characters (& I already own the second one :D).
(& maybe the same is going to happen as with the Nevermoor series- I didn't love the first book but gave both sequels 5 stars :D)

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Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read- March 2020 for Middle Grade March and Backlist Readathon
- I'm so happy that I've finally finished this book and I have no idea why I put off those last 100 pages for so long. I can't wait to get my hands on the second one.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book, the characters, story and setting was all amazing. I especially appreciated the beautiful illustrations as well which were in a perfect balance.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jamie Littler is an incredible talent! He wrote and illustrated this stellar polar adventure story and I loved every minute of my time reading this. This book is packed full of colourful characters- Ash was a brilliant protagonist thanks to the 'zero to hero' style narrative. The world-building in this story is also excellent and leaves so much to be explored and revealed to the reader, I cannot wait to read Escape to Aurora and uncover more about this world and Ash's story. ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Frostheart was an exhilarating adventure reminiscent of some of the best Disney Pixar movies. It had incredibly high stakes as well as a really exciting plot and lovable characters (Tobu!)
I really enjoyed the exploration of Ash’s loneliness and otherness and how he found friendship and acceptance on his journey to find his parents. All these middle grade authors making me feel maternal for lonely sad children, never thought I’d see the day.
Vanessa (Wanderness)
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
*Video review coming soon*
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF At 50% yeahhh no. This is just a poorly written book. The illustrations are great but the story needs help. List of things that don’t work/aren’t done well: characters, pacing, world building, the monsters, suspense, engagement. The story is just lacking overall I see no point in finishing it. I think the biggest mistake is there is too much telling not enough showing. Numerous times the main character has come to some revelation about his past just randomly and tells the reader without show ...more
Amanda Moller
I picked up this book because it came highly recommended, and I can totally see why people love it! The setting was so unique, atmospheric and the characters were charming. I am giving it three stars because although I enjoyed my reading experience I felt like it lacked passing. The beginning was far too slow and the climax was not properly built. I also felt like the book was angsty all the way through. Usually, in books like Harry Potter and Nevermoor the child is mistreated but soon discovers ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: booktails
Ash's parents are pathfinders and left the stronghold on a mission when he was a child, but they never returned. He's sure they are still alive somewhere and has never given up hope that he would see them again. All his life he's been hiding his urge to sing, as Song Weavers are feared and reviled, despite having the power to fight back against the monsters that attack them every time anyone leaves the town.
I enjoyed the book but it didn't really keep me gripped until the last few chapters when
Fun story that jumps right in

This was such a fun read. The book starts right in with action and we get to know the world pretty quickly. Ash has an awesome ability, but the world doesn't understand it and he is shunned by his village. Luckily he has a yeti protector to keep him safe. Ash and Tobu's relationship was a cute father/son dynamic and I liked seeing it develop.

The crew of the Frostheart are like a found family and I loved seeing them protect each other and help Ash fit in. This story
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Probably would be a 3.5 stars without the illustrations, but the illustrations were SO cute and really enhanced the reading experience! The story is cute and fun, but I found myself liking the side characters (Tobu!!!) way more than our main character, Ash. The writing style also wasn't for me personally, but that's obviously a personal preference! The found family vibes are super strong, and while the plot was a little scattered, I still thought this was a really fun book! All in all, a very cu ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, 2019-reads
If Frozen and Moana had an equally precious, pure, fierce, funny, adventurous baby!

I truly think that this is simply an objectively fantastic book. The world building is incredible and rich, the characters precious yet flawed in such a realistic sense, they fail and they learn and most importantly they do it together.
Great messages are told and it still happens to be super funny at times to. I loved the different dynamics between different characters and the illustration really helped develope
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book was slow moving for me, but it picked up almost half way through. I need to read the next book now!
Sam (she_who_reads_)
4.5 stars! Absolutely packed full of adventure and friendship
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Jamie is an author-illustrator who graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008, going on to win a High Commendation in the Macmillan Children's Book Award. When not trying to tame his unnaturally fast growing hair or having staring matches with next door's cat, he likes drawing, colouring in, cutting things out and sticking things in. He sometimes uses a scanner and a computer, and to ...more

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