I’m a fan of the Gin Blanco series, but I have to admit, it is the Mythos Academy series that lately has really got me hooked. One of the coolest things about being a book blogger, is getting to know your heroes, and Jennifer Estep has been as generous, easy to work with and kind an author as you could hope to know. We’re thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to be a part of Ms. Estep’s blog tour to promote the soon release of Crimson Frost, a much anticipated continuation of her Mythos Academy series. Below is a teaser of an excerpt and if this teaser and the end of the last book, Dark Frost are anything to go by, I’m going to need to have some tissues handy, cause its going to be a heartbreaker and a nail biter….but in a good way.
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“No handcuffs, Dad,” Logan repeated.
His body tensed, his hands clenched into fists, and he eyed Inari like he was thinking about tackling the other man and yanking the cuffs away from him.
“It’s okay, Logan,” I said, not wanting him to get into trouble.
“No, it’s not okay. Nothing about this is okay.”
Linus opened his mouth, probably to order Inari to slap the handcuffs on me anyway, but the anger still burning in Logan’s face made him reconsider. He stared at his son, then back at me.
“Fine,” he snapped. “No handcuffs. I assume you won’t be so stupid as to try to escape.”
I shook my head. No, I wasn’t that stupid. I knew there was no way I could get away from them. Maybe if I’d had a Valkyrie’s strength or an Amazon’s quickness, I might have had a chance, but not with just my psychometry magic.
“Good. Then let’s go,” Linus said.
And with those words, the three members of the Protectorate made me step away from the fireplace and forced me to march out of the coffee shop.
Linus and Logan walked ahead of me, while I was flanked on the other three sides by Sergei, Inari, and Alexei. Together, the six of us left Kaldi’s.
As soon as the door shut behind Inari, I could hear the sharp screech-screech-screech of chairs being pushed back, along with the thump-thump-thump of footsteps. I looked over my shoulder. Everyone inside the shop had their faces and phones pressed up against the windows, trying to see what was going to happen next. I could have told them it wasn’t going to be anything good.
I shivered again, but not entirely from dread this time. It was mid-January, and the air was bitterly cold. Hard pellets of snow gusted on the fierce winter wind, battering against our bodies, and the sky above was dark and gray, as though all the blue had bled out of it, even though it wasn’t even four o’clock yet.
“Ah,” Sergei said in a fond voice, turning his face to the howling wind. “It reminds me of Russia in the winter.”
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author. Jennifer writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Crimson Frost, the fourth book, was released on Dec. 24. Visit www.jenniferestep.com for excerpts and more information about her books.