from Corey Mallonee
Plot is not a strength of the book. Basically the entire story is Prospero walking north, evading the occasional trap set for him by his quarry. There’s an element of mystery to the whole thing, which helps to drive the story early on, but Prospero and Roger figure out what they’re up against relatively quickly. Even the book’s resolution is… not perfunctory exactly, but it’s not terribly satisfying either.
But nonetheless I think that The Face In The Frost is an absolute masterpiece, and the reason for this lies in Bellairs’s unparalleled ability to conjure atmosphere and horror. Basically, this book is creepy as hell.