Frozen Prey

Frozen Prey!
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"It makes the blood run cold. In his case, quite literally so."

Lucas of Arendelle is the Captain of the Guard. He's also known as Lucas of Davenport, because for the past twenty years he's only seen sitting down, filling out forms and filing reports instead of working the streets.
But the Ice Queen herself is in hot water. Her political enemies — and there are many — are turning up dead, their blood frozen solid. Few people have a motive, but fewer still have the power.
Princess Anna, the royal sister, is blaming the trolls. Count Olaf suspects it's a palace coup. The Queen herself thinks everyone's being manipulated... but by who? And to what end?
Now Lucas has to get back to the streets he once knew, but they've changed since he last walked them. Danger is around every corner, political schemes are coming to fruition. And, Lucas realizes, someone has been playing a long game. Someone with a grudge from the past, who is unable to let it go.

April 1, 2017

Disclaimers

Frozen is a Disney property, and as such is owned by The Walt Disney Company. Anna, Elsa, Otto the Snowman, and Arendelle are also Disney properties. My use here is covered under both fair use and protected speech (as it's parody). The castle on the cover is Neuschwanstein Castle, in Baravaria, and isn't exactly covered by copyright (and if it is, said copyright has expired since the castle was built in 1869).

Explaining the Joke Ruins the Joke
by Roswell Camp

Minnesota's known to be cold [1], and one of the books is, in fact, named Winter Prey. I figure there's about a fifty / fifty chance that one day Putnam will settle on Frozen Prey for one of the books, which would make this title prescient.
Still, the title is a bit too serious. It's not flat out ridiculous like Eat Prey Love, not as silly as Choose Your Own Prey. It sounds like a perfectly reasonable Prey title [2].
And then I saw Frozen on a DVD rack at Target and thought, "Frozen Prey, set in Arandelle" and I had an April Fools' Cover. It practically writes itself [3].
The synopsis is... okay. I mean, I got a "Let it Go" joke in at the end — of course I did — but the rest is a bit pedestrian and bland. I did giggle to myself at the idea of Olaf the Snowman being given a County to rule [4], and laughing at your own jokes is a bad, bad sign. Still, it's there.
Oh, the big castle on the front cover is a (bad) photomanipulation of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria [5]. It's the castle the classic Disney castle was based on. So there's that.

Footnotes

1. [Citation Needed]

2. In my opinion, it sounds more reasonable than many of the other titles. I was never big on Storm Prey for instance. There was a run of books with sibilent sounds — Sudden, Secret, Certain, all in a row — and while they might be good on their own, I can't see past the grouping now. And for Wicked Prey... does the Wicked really refer to the Prey? Especially since, for the plot, the prey is money? A lot of the titles don't work, is what I'm saying.


4. Yes, I know that if Olaf were made a count, his name would be the name of the county instead of Count Olaf. But when I thought "Count Olaf" I realized I could get in a secret reference to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. So I went that way.

5. Don't try to convince me that it's not bad. I might be willing to settle for not very good at all, good gracious no, but it's unlikely. Art-wise, this is probably the weakest cover of this year's crop. The text, however, is fine. Every time I do stuff with text, I learn new tricks. But that's all they are — tricks. Art still eludes me.