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Since Gudrun came from the frozen mists beyond the edge of the world, the Jarl's people have obeyed her in hatred andterror. But the enchantress has one weakness: a son, Kari, banished to a forbidding fortress in the north, never seen by the Jarl's people. In secret they wonder: Are the rumors true? Was he born a monster? Now Jessa and her cousin Thorkil have been exiled to the north, and if they survive the journey, they will find the truth: Is Kari a beast? Or the means to stop the sorceress?
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2012
ISBN: 9780062193780
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Alternative Title: Snowwalker


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mvkramer Feb 08, 2016

I have liked Catherine Fisher's other works quite a bit, but this one just seemed half-formed. Like the characters, settings and plots are sketches waiting to be filled out.

There is a peculiar quantity of YA paranormal/dystopians floating around, when one discovers a well-written, compelling, and original fantasy (and when one is fond of that genre)--well, it's a match made in heaven.

Snow Walker, written by the author of the Relic Master Quartet and Incarceron, is set in a faintly archaic, Scandanavian environment which may make up for its scant world-building in fantastic imagery and evocative prose. Gudrun, one of the eponymous Snow-Walkers, is an impressive (i.e. "Very frightening, sinister, and generally unsavory character") villain, and the concept of her fate being caused by her reflection was quite interesting.

There were quite a few discrepancies and unexplained origins, like, if Gudrun knew Kari was her mirror image (and thus the meaning of the prophesy), why did she fear mirrors? Jessa's history is almost completely unexplained, and Jarlsholm lacked vim.
Despite that, this is an exemplary book, which is greatly recommendable. Enjoy!


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