Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow   by  Jessica Day George       description:

Blessed-or cursed-with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servants. Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess

sunSun and Moon, Ice and Snow        5 STARS

Jessica Day George is one of my favorite writers, mainly for her ability to take old fairy tales and give them a new life… This is based on the Norwegian folk tale, East of the Sun and West of the Moon… and it’s very exciting and different… the Lass was never given a name as a child because her mother didn’t want her… making her a bit of an outcast even in her own family and so it doesn’t seem all that strange that she would take the chance of following the polar bear… not just for her family’s benefit… because she does care about them… but to finally perhaps find a place to fit in… and anyone who knows anything about this tale knows it involves her having to go an entire year in the bears castle where every night a stranger comes and sleeps by her side and she is not allowed to look upon the strangers face… with such going on George does a good job of keeping it all very clean… which is another thing I like… though I wouldn’t call this a children’s book, she makes it appropriate for all ages and intriguing to say the least… all the main pieces of the old tale are included, as well as some Norwegian touches to really give it that feel and almost magicalness to it that comes from old stories such as these… but there’s so much more… so many more twists and turns… with a lot going on as the Lass discovers the truth of the curse and how many lives it has encompassed and destroyed… the Lass is a smart, brave character that isn’t afraid to fight for the one she loves… and all together this was an incredible book… of course I have yet to read a bad one by this author…

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