I started reading this one after my hubby and I finished the first season of Game of Thrones. Yep, we were way behind and just watched it this year, L...moreI started reading this one after my hubby and I finished the first season of Game of Thrones. Yep, we were way behind and just watched it this year, LOL. I wasn't sure this was going to be the kind of book for me since its huge and high fantasy, neither of which I'm a fan of. However, I think having watched the first season helped with grasping the many places and characters in the novel. Seriously, there are a LOT and there's even more in this book.
I really loved the multiple POV's but be warned it can be over 100 pages before you get to go back to certain characters. Martin is a brilliant writer (although wordy) who easily captures you in his elaborate world with flawed characters and an intense political plot. This book was addicting and although it took me two weeks to read, I didn't pick up another book until it was over. I've now started reading the next book in the series, A Storm of Swords. (less)
I was drawn to The Snow Child for a couple of reasons. First, that I used to live in Alaska. Second, that I loved the historical setting and third bec...moreI was drawn to The Snow Child for a couple of reasons. First, that I used to live in Alaska. Second, that I loved the historical setting and third because I was only vaguely aware of the fable the story is based on. Any one of those reasons would have justified my choice to read this book but all 3 made it a can't miss.
I think the novel does a great job of immersing you in the isolation, danger, and wonder of Alaska. There really isn't anywhere else like it and it's easy to tell that author Eowyn Ivey has an admiration and love for her home state. Reading about the falling snow, frozen rivers and clear starry nights made me desperate to go back for a visit.
Jack and Mabel aren't always the most likeable of characters. Both of them make some pretty poor decisions but both are hardworking and realistic. I actually found it rather refreshing to see their imperfections so proudly on display. I mean these are two people who are older and more set in their ways. Plus the setting of the 20's adds to their more conservative personalities. The strain in their marriage is understandable but I loved getting to see them fall back in love with each other.
Faina, the snow child, is a character who remains very mysterious throughout the entire novel. I love that what you do learn about Faina only adds to her mystery and other-worldliness.
The way in which The Snow Child fable is interwoven into the plot is quite clever. I thought it would be more of something that was just used as a backdrop but it's actually much more important then that.
The novel's ending definitely didn't turn out the way I thought it would. It's much more open ended, which I was actually fine with. Many authors feel this need to wrap everything up and I like that The Snow Child leaves more room for the reader to draw their own conclusions.
Like most historical novels The Snow Child is a bit slow in places but easily held my attention throughout. Its a beautifully, creative adult debut that has the ability to attract a variety of readers.(less)