Book Review: What Dawn Demands (The Frost Arcana Book 4) by Clara Coulson

Vince is done waiting around for the fae god Abarta to make his next move and wreak more havoc on what little is left of the post-apoc world. Abarta is planning his next move, vampires have invaded the city, and Vince is determined to put the puzzle pieces together and put his own plans into action before it's too late.

Title: What Dawn Demands
Book Number: Book 4
Pages: 336
My Rating: 4 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon


*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

This book was a little different from the others in the series because this was the book when Vince was done grudgingly waiting around for Abarta to make his next move and done denying his sidhe side. He was ready to put his full effort into fighting back, and it definitely changed the tone of the book, in a great way.

Things have gotten worse in the protected city of Kinsale, so this time, Vince and his friends form a whole group in order to gather/disseminate information and protect the population, and it was really nice seeing so many people work together to fight for their home. But of course, things always go awry for poor Vince, and this book had just as much intensity, if not more, than the previous books. Lots of action, lots of fights and battle scenes, lots of violence, lots of magic being thrown around.

Vince really kicked his badass factor up a notch this time. He also started to embrace his sidhe side more this time, knowing that he had to if he wanted to have any chance of winning, and it’s always interesting to see more of that cold, powerful side of him. I love how powerful and scary the fae in this series are. It was also very interesting to see a certain memory that surfaced of his childhood in the Unseelie Court, and I’m itching to know more about that.

Another difference in this book was that it seemed Vince didn’t spend as much time with his usual crew, but he did get acquainted with a couple new characters and spent more time with a character who only briefly appeared in a previous book.

Overall, this was another great book in this post-apoc urban fantasy series that continued to up the ante, and I’m really enjoying getting to see more and more of Vince’s kick-butt fae side!


Book Blurb

“Gods never liked it when you beat them at their own games.”

After watching his city fall to pieces during his archenemy’s last attack, Vincent Whelan is finally ready to take the fight to Abarta. But in order to defeat an age-old god and his growing army of vicious fiends, Vince will have to take Kinsale’s selection of subdued paranormals and somehow turn them into a first-rate fighting force.

To complicate matters, the vampires have made themselves at home in Kinsale, and the city’s recovery is threatened by their escalating violence. So when Vince stumbles upon a major scheme in the making, spearheaded by the elder vampire who wants his head on a plate, he’ll have to navigate not only the dangers of Abarta’s next big move but also the rising risk of a vampire insurrection.

A cunning trap that could destroy the city. An ancient summoning that could destroy the world. A pair of powerful people determined to achieve their dark ambitions. And the only thing standing in the way of all this chaos is a half-fae with a cop badge, a cool sword, and a massive chip on his shoulder.

It’s Vincent Whelan versus the forces of absolute destruction, and the odds are far worse than fifty-fifty.

What Dawn Demands is the fourth novel of The Frost Arcana, an action-packed urban fantasy series set in a post-apocalyptic world.

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  1. Olivia-Savannah Roach

    Yes, I love when books build in intensity! Give me all the building intensity and I will be a very happy reader. I am glad you could enjoy some of the differences this book brought from the rest of the series. I like the sound of him being a lot more kick-butt and also getting to know some new characters well too. Great review and glad you enjoyed this one ^.^

  2. Daniela Ark

    oh I really like this cover! BUT it’s fae though… But… Did I read “lots of violence”? But… It’s fae though… but… did iI read ” lots of magic” It’s fae though… but… it’s book 4 and it’s still 4-star!!! AND I LOVE THE COVER!

  3. Lola

    That sounds nice how this book changed the tone a bit. Sounds like quite the intense book with everything going on and all the action scenes. That sounds interesting how this book deals more with his side side. I recently grabbed book 1 when it was free as I remembered your reviews for this series.

    1. Kristen Burns

      It’s nice when a book can add some variety and growth with the tone over the course of the series without changing too much. This is definitely a powerful version of the fae, so it’s cool to see more of that!

  4. Jessica

    I’m reading BirdBox by John Malerman. I have seen the movie on Netflix before reading the book. It’s really intense as it goes on. Supposedly John Malerman is writing the sequel right now.
    Earlier I read a good book series called Echo by Kent Wayne. The fourth book did build up in intensity. It had a real happy ending. I just don’t like when books don’t have real endings.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, but it’s always sounded interesting! Ooh yes, intensity! I don’t like when books don’t really have an ending either.