Snow-walker

Snow-walker

eBook - 2004
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The snow-walker Gudrun came from the swirling mists and icy depths beyond the edge of the world to rule the Jarl's people with fear and sorcery, but a small band of outlaws will fight to the death to restore the land to its rightful leader.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780062193780
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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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