Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
FTC Disclosure: bought from Dragons and Fairy Tales, signed
Excellent fairy-tale retelling. She really makes the story come alive. The characters were heart-warming and felt well-fleshed out. She adds so many elements from Norwegian folklore and mythology to magical elements of fairies and trolls and the Winds.
Pika means girl and she is without a name since her mother basically disowned her at birth. She lives in a large family in a small home in an eternal winter. Her only true friend is her brother Hans Peter and pet Wolf Rollo. An ice bear shows up at her door one night and asks her to come stay with him in his ice palace for a year; she agrees to go to help her family become rich. She soon discovers that the palace and the creatures have been cursed and she struggles to find a way to free them and her ice bear from these evil enchantments.
I loved the flow of the story and pika's voice. She was sincere and strong and yet innocent. George really knows how to tell a story and she completely succeeded in this one. Highly recommended.