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The Snow-Walker Trilogy (Snow Walker #1-3)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  944 ratings  ·  94 reviews
From the swirling mists and icy depths beyond the edge of the world came the snow-walker Gudrun, to rule the Jarl's people with fear and sorcery. But a small band of outlaws are prepared to risk their lives to defeat Gudrun and restore the land to its rightful leader. This trilogy follows them in their quest, from the first terrifying journey to meet the mysterious snow-wa ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by Red Fox
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Fisher is a good story teller. There is not a whole lot of action in her books, but there is a lot of description of the weather and area. Her books have one major flaw that made the whole book difficult to read. She doesn't describe many of her characters. The main character Jessa who I really grew to admire is never described. I know she had long hair in the last book and she wore dresses that dragged and got muddy. But what the heck does this girl look like?! I have no idea. maybe she was ugl ...more
Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
In the midst of a deluge of knock-off YAs, a good fantasy novel is hard to find. Derived from Norse legend, it still reminded me more of Skyrim and BBC's "Merlin" than anything.

Jarlsholm was a good setting, its environs sparsely though strikingly developed. As for the rest of the world, its world-building was little but not without charm, imagination, and interest. Ironwood was pure fantasy!

There were several unexplained, and admittedly underdeveloped plots in the story (why do Jessa and Thorki
This is a trilogy in one book. It is completely unclear to me whether they were published separately and then collected together in one volume or if they always came like this. It never really matters, but I'm curious.

Book 1 is The Snow-Walker's Son where Jessa and her cousin (Thorkil) are exiled by the evil Snow-Walker Queen (think every Ice Queen in fantasy ever) because their fathers were rebels. They are sent to the castle in the far north where the Queen's rumored-to-be-monstrous son lives.
Morgan F
This book was very dry. It never caught my attention, and I finished it just to finish it. The characters were completely 2-dimensional, and acted more like pawns than actual people. The writing wasn't very descriptive, and I often didn't know what was happening. The writing itself lacked humor and actual creativity. The story was okay, but it was rushed through. I wouldn't recommend this unless you are really into fantasy.
I don't remember a single thing about this collection except that there w
Zoya Cheboksarova
удивительная, волшебная, снежная, невероятная так я бы охарактеризовала эту замечательную трилогию ;))) много приключений и юмора, дружбы и отваги, магии и опасностей ;)))
I really like this book. It isn't like the author's other books which I can take or leave. This book is loosely based on Nordic culture and is an unusual fantasy. The writing is good and I feel that it is not just for young adult audiences, although it is marketed as such.

The story is written in the third person, but is primarily from the vantage point of Jessa, who is thoughtful and caring and mature for her age. We are never told how old she is, but in the first book, it seems as though she i
I didn't actively dislike this book, but nothing stuck out to me as special about it, either. The biggest problem I had with it was that the characters would get into situations of danger, but then get out again fairly easily--I never felt the depth of menace that the plot really needed. I also felt that at points the author was telling me things about the characters' personalities which she hadn't really shown me before, so that I wasn't wholly convinced. Not an irritating read, but mostly unme ...more
I've read Catherine Fisher's works before, and loved them. This one was no different. The characters were well developed and the plot was mystical and interesting,

The book is separated into three different 'books' to say. The first is about Jessa, who continues throughout all three books, and Thorkil. Because their fathers where loyal to the rightful ex-jarl (king) of Jarlshold they're exiled to Thrasirshall. Thorkil, whom I didn't like, is scared but Jessa, whom I really liked, looks fear right
I have so much to say I don't even know where to start.

I enjoy reading children's literature. I can 'read down' to the level as necessary. But I find so many glaring errors and omissions in this series of books that I find myself frustrated about every five pages. Why did I keep reading, you ask? Because once a book is in my hands, for some reason I find it next to impossible to put down! But more importantly, my son recommended it -- and it's always good to see what your children are reading.

Kelsea (Miz. Reader)

Now, this book is filled with strange names and places and I know that it is YA, which I usually don’t read. But this book really grabbed me.

Gudrun is this creepy witch who seizes peoples minds and controls them. She has taken control of the kingdom and as her husband dies she will have total control. She only has one weakness: her reflection. It is the reason there are no mirrors in the hold. Now, Jessa and Thorkil end up as traitors and she exiles them blah blah blah. You already know all that
Apr 07, 2008 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, adventure fans
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Snow-walker by Catherine Fisher is a book that starts off well, rather boring and slightly confusing... As you get deeper into the story line though, you meet the characters and start to learn who they are and about their background. Catherine Fisher has wrote many books, and of all of them, this may be my favorite. The characters seem real, all having separate attitudes, powers, and ideas. Snow-Walker is about a girl called Jessa, her cousin Thorkil who are attempting to stop the frightful tyra ...more
Samantha Shockley
I felt like this book could have been better if it was better written don't get me wrong I liked this book but I rated it two stars cause i felt it could have been better. this book is amazing on details but there wasn't much action and this book doesn't pull you in as much as others. but i have to admit it was a pretty great story all around. I just felt it could have been better written.
I read this trilogy way back in 7th grade and all I really remember is being obsessed with it at the time. I don't remember much of the characters etc just vague little memories that will pop up. I need to reread this trilogy soon! Non the less it was a pretty great book in my memory with adventure and a little eeriness.
A fantasy set in a cold Northern land, where an evil witch, Gudrin, has taken control of the country. Jessa, a girl whose father was killed for rebellion, is sent to prison at the same castle where Gudrin keeps her son, whom no one has yet to see. The adventures begin on her trip to the castle, and do not end, as she, her friends, and Kari (Gudrin's son) fight to defeat the witch.

I really liked a lot about this book, it had a unique story, good characters, and was very CLEAN. That said, I felt t
Mar 20, 2009 Mariah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure-lovers, those with an interest in Norse myth/culture
When Jessa & her cousin Thorkil are banished to the north by the sorceress Gudrun who has enchanted their land, they expect death. In a ruined castle they encounter her son, rumored to be a monster but he is more than what he seems. Thus begins an amazing adventure set in medieval Scandinavia (or Iceland) that culminates in a showdown with Gudrun beyond the world's end.

I found the plot of Snowwalker to be as enthralling as Gudrun's spells, and the characters had a lot of depth to them. This
Sorry, I gave up. The book was overdue and I was moving too slowly. Maybe another time...

Not overly impressed (I guess my expectations were very high, since I enjoyed Incarceron, by the same author, so much) yet. But I'll give it a fair chance, maybe it will get better? A lot of tongue-twisting names that are a bit distracting (but maybe it's just me. I always suspect that authors dig into some shady website containing weird regional names, which, btw they DO!). Frozen world where the action tak
(Actual rating: 4.5 stars) A fun and exciting fantasy! The American print is actually three books in one, originally published as a trilogy. My only wish was that it was a bit longer, since a few of the major characters felt undeveloped to me. However, it did not inhibit my enjoyment of this book.
I picked up this book mostly because of its cover and title, not knowing at first that it was originally a trilogy, republished in one book. The premise of the book is great, and so are the setting and the mythology. However, there were many flaws. The fact that a whole trilogy fit into a 500-page book should have been a warning sign. The characters are one-dimensional and the plot is very simple. Maybe I should be more forgiving because the book was written for young adults, but I feel that eve ...more
Rachel Ramos
THIS IS A SUMMARY----This story has a touch of Norwegian folklore, complete with giants, werewolves, dragon boats and spells. The people of the village have been invaded by a person of legend-a snow walker. She rules with a cruel, cold hand. Jess and Thorkil have been banished to a place far in the north because their fathers were loyal to the ruler she banished. They know that her son was also banished to this place and they fear meeting him. When they finally find him, they are shocked at the ...more
While I enjoyed this trilogy-in-one-volume, it didn't come near the Oracle series in intensity, plot, or character development. Also, each installment in the story stood alone, but none had a truly compelling narrative arc. But the setting and culture were fascinating, and I would recommend it to anyone who liked the feel of Nancy Farmer's Sea of Trolls or Edith Pattou's East. Not quite on par with those, it will still an interesting story. Also, once I realized that the beginning of chapter quo ...more
Anna Yellis
The story reminded me of skyrim. But the characters seemed fake and i just didnt like them. This was not her best series. I prefer her other serious.
Monique Peterson
When I first read the book I did not really understand anything. Then I reread and finished the book years later and I enjoyed it immensely.
Miss Clark
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I really enjoy reading this series. The story was intriguing and I love the whole concept of the Snow Walkers. The characters were well develop and I really liked the little chapter opener quotations. I think a lot of my favorite books have some kind of quotations from other books. My only complaint is that the last book felt a bit rush to me. But even so, I still loved the ending. I think is a great book for girls and, especially boys ages 10 and up. I think it could be one of those books that ...more
I liked this book because their was a good story to it like how the queen had a son and she was scared of him. i rated thhis book a 3/5 stars because the story was good but how the son came about stoping the mother was not so good because it ended fast.I liked the charther development in this story like how when the girl first met him he was so happy about people but as the story got a long he because unhappy most of the time.I wish that their was more to this book because i really liked it and ...more
This book has one of my most beloved characters I have ever read. The story is about two children banished to a desolate cold seclusion by an evil sorceress who married the king. One of the chief concerns of the two is the child who had been exiled there before them. The sorceress had sent her son there, rumors were that he was a horrible monster. In reality he was a child who had been abused and had little experience with people. This story taught me how to create a character that easily finds ...more
Someone else reviewed this and said that the story arcs wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly. That was both what I did and didn't enjoy -- on the one hand, there's something to be said about a story that ends up happily ever after and on the other, it did get a little predictable and a little too safe to really keep you on the edge of your seat. I wouldn't call it drivel (I believe someone else used that term), more like comfort reading. Pretty fun, liked it, but it didn't break any real n ...more
I loved the cold and snowy settings for this trilogy. Books 1 and 3 were very good. The middle one was ok. All three are in this edition.
This was another one I just saw on the shelf, hadn't heard anything about it. The story was pretty good, kept me involved, new ideas, interesting adventures HOWEVER, the main heroine is a teenage girl and right from the start, and clear to the end I am utterly confused about why she is involved in all of the adventure. She really is not much more than a nobody but she's all buddies with the rulers of the land, she goes on all of the outings to try to conquer
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Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.

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