Taking a job on an isolated island in the Sea of Norway, scientist Victoria Scott wants a quiet place to finish her doctoral thesis But Victoria isn't prepared for the strange shadows outside her cabin window, the rumors of a murderous hag who sucks one's soul during sleep, and the tales of mythic monsters lurking in the forest More frightening than the islands nightmarish mysteries: to Victoria, everything is hauntingly familiarWhen an enigmatic stranger appears on the island, Victoria's sense of foreboding peaks For she learns that they are connected by a conflict centuries oldone that can end only with her death I got as far as the middle and just had to say no and mark as dnf The premise was good, the characters were compelling at first but theI read the less I enjoyed it and to be honest I didn't expect it to get so frustrating to deal with, not just the characters, but plot wise some things were not well executed.I got so tired of waiting for Victoria and Vidar to meet and when they did it turned out to be really disappointing The switching point of views didn't help the matter either. Giants of the Frost turned out to be a slow read, but it was a very good book I think that the use of Norse mythology was well done I appreciate how Ms Wilkins took Norse mythology and folklore and created something novel with these elements as a basis.Although it took me a while to get sucked into the romantic aspects, admittedly a big part of this book, I enjoyed reading about the characters: Victoria, Vidar, Aud, and Loki, whose fates are entwined rather deeply I also appreciated the secondary cast of characters, the norns (three sisters who weave the fates for the Aesir), Skripi (a forest wight who is a lot of help to Victoria), and Victoria's coworkers, especially Gunnar (who is a very good friend and source of information about Norse myths to Victoria), to name a few It was interesting to see Victoria's journey from grounded, almost boneheaded skepticism (she calls herself a fundamental atheist), to a woman who believes that she is the reincarnated lover of the son of Odin Loki was quite the scene stealer Ms Wilkins managed to take this scheming, perpetually joking and stealing trickster of Norse lore, and make him into an appealing antihero who definitely got my interest Aud, who is the bondmaid of Vidar, really earned my sympathy She made a bargain out of a mother's love that cost her a thousand years and is in love with Vidar, although she knows it will never be returned I liked that the characters were complex, realistically selfish in their desires at times, and not always motivated to do the right thing; yet they did show good qualities that made me want the best for them.Ms Wilkins is a very good writer, drawing vivid pictures in my mind My favorite parts were the retelling of Vidar's struggle to be reunited with his love It reminded me of fairy and folktales in which a character goes on a quest and suffers greatly, for that which is their heart's desire I admit that there were parts where my interest waned, but I was glad I kept reading, especially when it got to theinteresting parts with Vidar's quest Although I was a bit ambivalent about the fated love aspect of this story ( from the execution since I normally love that in a romance), I admit that by the end of the book, I was crying and hoping that Victoria and Vidar would get their chance to be together and happy I didn't quite know what to expect with this book I picked it up because of my interest in Norse mythology, and I'm glad I did This book was expertly crafted, with gratifying depths of complexity; a rich tapestry woven from the threads of identifiably human emotionboth good and badand fascinating lore and legend I'll definitely be readingfrom this author. Of the books I've read so far this year, this is one of my favorites The characters were amazing, the story was so intriguing I didn't want to put it down, and the writing was absolutely beautiful I would definitely recommend this book to my friends who enjoy fantasy novels. DNF at 10% This is a romance disguised as an actual story with smart characters and interesting mythology I don't care about predestined, reincarnated blah, even with a skeptic female scientist as the main character Actually, Victoria Scott (seriously? her name sounds like she should be a gothic romance writer from the 60s) apparently hates other women and only sees men as potential mates or creepers Nor does she seem to have any interest in the geophysics she's apparently getting her PhD in Look, I totally understand grad school burnout, but the fact that she finds a guy who wears musty sweatersattractive than the geophysics of the cool remote island she's working on kind of floors me Side rant: I reeaaally don't like the way this character is a scientist mostly because it was needed to get her out to said remote island for the romantic plot to work Why not make her the ship's cook, in that case? It's possible to write interesting, convincing scientist characters whose curiosity and okay, borderline obsessiveness, are major plot drivers (ahem, Annihilation), but you definitely won't find one in Giants of the Frost.I am thoroughly unimpressed in less than 1/10th of the book Which is almost impressive in itself.