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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow Hardcover – 8 Jan 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (8 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599901099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599901091
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,184,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW is the second retelling of the Norse tale, "East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon" that I have read. "The North Child" was the first and I loved it. Because of that, I was fairly dubious at first about reading another, thinking that they may be too similar. However, this was unfounded. Although there are some similarities there are also many differences between the two novels.
Perhaps the biggest difference is that in SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW there seems to be more characters. The lass's siblings have a role to play in the tale; some more than others. The personalities of her parents are also discussed, making you feel as though you know more about her as a young woman embarking upon such a dangerous quest.
What I also loved about this book was that it turned the fairytale stereotypes that we have in this country on their head. WIthout wanting to give too much away, the lass meets three very old crones on her travels yet they were nothing like I was expecting.

This is a lovely tale. It has a little of everything that you would wish for in a good story. Reading it at the moment, with snow on the ground and ice clinging to the trees, it makes reading it even more magical. I would recommend this and I would recommend "The North Child" by Edith Pattou.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The lass is the youngest of the woodcutter's children. Her mother was so upset that she had another child, let alone another girl, that she refused to even give her a name. The lass grows up, and is delighted when her older brother, Hans Peter, comes home from the sea. Hans Peter is cursed upon his return and is forever depressed, but he enjoys the lass's company and teaches her how to read the strange symbols in his wood carvings.

When the lass is sixteen, rumors of an isborjn, a white polar bear, surround the village. The lass has been gifted with the ability to talk to animals. Upon hearing of this gift, the white polar bear seeks the lass out and asks her to join him at the palace of ice for one year. Hans Peter tries to argue that she can not go, but the bear promises her family riches if the lass joins him. The lass agrees and travels with him to the ice palace.

While there, she meets an array of magical creatures. All seem to be under enchantments of the evil troll princess. There's also a mysterious visitor to the lass's room every evening, but she is unable to see his face or talk to the stranger, and each morning he has disappeared.

Thanks to Hans Peter's carvings, the lass realizes that she can read the carvings on the wall, which tell stories of the spells and curses the troll princess has cast. When the lass's own isborjn is taken away by the troll princess, the lass must risk everything she has to find the palace East of the sun and West of the moon and break the curse upon him.

A beautifully written tale of spells, magic, romance, and wit, SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW is a retelling of the Nordic tale, EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON.
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Format: Paperback
...Then you'll love this.
I have read a couple of other books by this author (Dragon Slippers & Dragon Flight) and have really enjoyed all of them.
This is a re-telling of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Although a classic story this version is quite different from the original, with polar bears, fauns and magical winds.
I was drawen in from the very beginning and couldn't put the book down. The main character, Pika, is very likeable and carries you through from start to finish. With many different types of creatures throughout the story, some that are recognisable from other fairytales, others that are not so familiar, you become part of the world that Pika lives in.
This is a great read for fairytale fantasy lovers of all ages.
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It was so good that I could not put it down.I think it's one of her best books yet!

It is about a girl called Lass; because she
was not given a real name.The Lass meet's a magic reindeer who grants wishes and he gives her a name but he has given her another gift a gift which allows her to understand animals ...
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A beautiful retelling of the Nordic Ice Bear saga. Written with careful detail, it is a pleasure to read and I think would also be a pleasure to read to children. I strongly recommend this book especially to anyone who enjoys myths and legends and old folk tales.
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