Love in a Frozen Climate,
This review is from: Ice (Paperback)
After eighteen years growing up on an Arctic research centre, when Cassie spots the biggest polar bear she's ever seen walking past the station, she can't help but follow. Except he's no ordinary animal. He's the Polar Bear King, to whom Cassie was promised before she was even born.
But marriage to Bear, as strange and unfathomable as it is, is just the start of Cassie's journey, after a broken promise ends in Bear being stolen from her. Yet Cassie is no weakling, and is determined to follow and bring him back. Even if she has to go beyond the ends of the Earth to do so.
Encountering bears, foxes, a mermaid, tree spirits, Father Forest, mountain dragons, trolls, wind spirits and the North Wind himself, Cassie's scientific upbringing is no guard against the true magic of nature.
In this beautiful retelling of the folktale `East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon' Durst's descriptions of the Arctic and the forests are wonderfully done, showing the beauty alongside the stark dangers, and the idea of the munaqsri guarding the souls of the world is a fascinating take on the fairytale. Cassie may not be as romantic as Bear, but her strength and will to carry on against the odds makes her a heroine to cheer for as she discovers the true meaning of life, souls, promises and most of all love.