The Snow Queen by Eileen Kernaghan

The Snow Queen

byEileen Kernaghan

Kobo ebook | September 15, 2013

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In this reworking of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, the magical worlds of Saami shamanism and the Kalevala coexist with the polite Victorian society of nineteenth-century Scandanavia. At a time when traditional faith is challenged by modern science, the old pagan gods still haunt the northern forests. One of the novel's two heroines, Ritva, lives in this forest with her Saami shaman mother and robber-baron father until a cultured Danish teenager named Gerda is captured and brought to their camp. Gerda has embarked on a dangerous quest to rescue her friend Kai from the Snow Queen, an evil enchantress whose wintry palace lies far to the north. Their quest leads each of the young women to a fuller understanding of their possible roles in the world, and the need for each to find their individual futures on their own terms. Kernaghan blends fantasy and historical realism to create an enchanting, provocative story that will inspire readers of all ages. "Kernaghan takes the bones of original fantasy and adds real period detail and strong characterization to create a vividly textured story." — SF Site Reviews The Snow Queen was the winner of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award, the Aurora, for best long-form work in English, and was short listed by the Canadian Library Association for Best Children's Book of the Year

Title:The Snow QueenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Thistledown PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927068991

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Snow Queen for a New Century Eileen Kernaghan has taken one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous stories, The Snow Queen, and wrapped it in ancient Scandinavian myth. The result is a captivating book which can be enjoyed by adults, teens, and younger people. She gives the adventures of Gerda and Kai her own twists, and naming Andersen's Robber Girl, Ritva, creates an acceptable minor villain. Gerda and Ritva, with Ba, her spavined reindeer, survive real and magical dangers as they travel to the Snow Queen's castle in the far north, where they rescue Gerda's ensnared heart-friend Kai, and escape to Denmark. But Kernaghan is too wise to end with soft, happy-ever-afters. Kai and Gerda both are changed Gerda has grown in age and wisdom through her travels. New horizons beckon. She has become much more a twenty-first century girl than Andersen's sweet sample of Victoriana. Kernaghan never writes down to any age reader, allowing her characters to capture them in their travels and dangers. This journey through a young girl's development, laced as it is with the iciness of the Snow Queen's far north, is a sure bet to keep your chill quotient registering high. Try it before your Xmas fire.
Date published: 2000-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Author Once again Kernaghan brings thorough research and a new twist to an old favorite. The Snow Queen is a delightful blend of Victoriana and magic that young readers will be unable to put down. I'm over 50 and I loved it too.
Date published: 2000-07-07