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Blood in the Snow

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Her destiny is decided — but betrayal breaks even the best-laid plans.

Baili, the princess of the Kingdom of Seven Rivers, has always known what her future holds. Declared the fairest of all by the fabled Dragonglass, she is destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy and unite her homeland with its long-time enemy, the Kingdom of Three Peaks. And in doing so, she may save her
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Published October 26th 2018 by CreateSpace
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Deborah O'Carroll
Aaaahh I loved it! <3 *hugs book*

BLOOD IN THE SNOW is a stunning debut from Sarah Pennington, an author I’ve long been watching. I was so excited to read it, and I’m absurdly pleased with the result. This first novella from her did not disappoint! The writing is lyrical yet unobtrusive, pulling one entirely into the story. Every facet of this tale is skillfully crafted together—the writing, the intricate plot, the characters, the themes, and the vibrant setting.

I loved this utterly enchanting r
Laura Grace
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Asian loving readers, fairy tale readers

Oh. My. Goodness.

Like what do I say first? This story was perfection!! I have SO desperately looked for a CLEAN Asian-themed story and this author delivered on every single account.

Seriously, she captured the Asian culture so beautifully in this fantastic retelling! I couldn't help but gush how much I absolutely loved it to my husband quickly after. It was just *squeals* amazing!

As a writer, I've wanted to write a story with heavy influence from A
J.M. Stengl
A lovely fairy-tale retelling--a mix of The Goose Girl and Snow White--set in a fantasy/historical Asian setting, and oh, so beautifully written! For a novella, this story is deep and rich. The setting is well drawn, and the characters are distinct individuals. I especially enjoyed the "seven dwarfs," who are not dwarfs but servants stolen from conquered lands. Their friendship with the real princess and the ways they helped her to reclaim her rightful place--brilliant! The prince is very likabl ...more
Merie Shen
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt a new favorite retelling! It's lush and rich with a compelling plot, heartfelt characters, and a deep and gorgeous setting. I loved the mixed-up elements of both Snow White and the Goose Girl threaded into the storyline-- this was just such a lovely read.

And, you know, it isn't hard to guess that I'm a huge fan of the worldbuilding. My heart was practically bubbling over with happiness the entire time :)
H.S.J. Williams

-after consumption-

A beautifully written, perfectly paced, and well realized novella! It stitched the tales of The Goose Girl and Snow White together seamlessly although I did see more of the former. The true charm of the story is in its Asianesque atmosphere, along with its characters. Also clean, though royals have magic in their blood, so there’s quite a bit of cutting in desperate scenes.
Grace T
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful joining of the Goose Girl and Snow White fairy tales--they fit together perfectly. The characters were engaging as well; it can be hard to flesh out the seven "dwarf" characters, but Pennington's band of foreign servants each had some unique characteristic. Chouku was probably my favorite--I have a soft spot for crusty-on-the-outside characters xD And Prince Xiang was absolutely the sweetest. His relationship with Baili was a lovely happy note amid all the "how do I go about not gettin ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is absolutely incredible, and I could not be more pleased to be reviewing it today.

Princess Baili of the Kingdom of Seven Rivers, has been declared the fairest in the land by the Dragonglass, which cannot lie. In fulfillment of a prophecy, she is sent to marry the prince of the Kingdom of Three Peaks. But her jealous and ambitious stepmother plots Baili's demise, ordering her stepdaughter's escort to kill the princess before she reaches the Kingdom of Three Peaks and take her place.

Hannah  Cook
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet re-telling.

Such a cute story. I couldn't remember and spell the names if I tried, but I grew fond of each character! As a lover of all things Asian, I enjoyed the setting of this book too.☺
Nadine Keels
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Divine, please, help me. If I cannot stand for my friends now, how can I speak for their peoples later?

Zhu Baili knows it's her destiny as the princess of the Kingdom of Seven Rivers to join her homeland to the Kingdom of Three Peaks by marrying its prince, Liu Xiang. But a treacherous plot launched by Baili's stepmother threatens the two kingdoms and the princess's life in Blood in the Snow by author Sarah Pennington.

I'd never heard of one of the two fairy tales this novella is based on, The Go
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word. It's rare that I find a story so lyrically beautiful and well-written as this. It's a short story, fantasy (my favorite), inspired by fairy tales. I have had stronger emotions toward the characters in this story than I have had for some full-length novels, and I loved the way the story was brought to its conclusion.

If you love fantasy, fairy tales, or beautiful settings, this is definitely one to pick up.

Disclosure: I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Snow White retellings have a special spot on my bookshelves. I love the diversity that the imaginations of talented writers bring to one of my favorite fairy tales.

Blood in the Snow did not disappoint me in the least! The tale of Baili and her unique storyworld took the classic story and added a bit more originality and twists that cunningly disguised its relation to Snow White, however it was just similar enough to still recognize it.

I can't believe that the author fit so much world building in
Serethiel Sequoia
Sep 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
SUCH A GORGEOUS COVER. I can't wait to read the story that lies inside! <3 ...more
Meredith Burton
Oct 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
My computer is refusing to let me rate books now, but I give Blood in the Snow a solid five stars! It was amazing!

Blood in the Snow is a riveting and very clever mash-up of two of my favorite fairy tales; Snow White and The Goose Girl.

Baili is a princess destined to unite two kingdoms. But as she travels to her new home to wed her prince, deception lies in wait. Now Baili must flee for her life. She is rescued by a group of animal keepers. But nefarious plans are afoot. Will Baili be able to ful
Carina Shephard
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
re-read April 2021

A short and original Asian retelling of both the Goose Girl and Snow White. My favorite aspect was the worldbuilding, especially how the Bloodgifts worked. The romance was sweet but didn't overtake the book. Highly recommend!

Content: None/Very Mild- mentions of blood; that's basically it.
C.B. Cook
WOW. I've had this book on my TBR list for a while, and I realized the other day that I'd bought it on Kindle at some point and never read it?? So I sat down to read it, and I absolutely loved it.

The character development in this book was so well done! I wasn't sure what to think of Baili at first, since she came across as a little spoiled and naive, but I realized that was exactly how she was supposed to be at the time. Her character arc through the book was one of my favorite things
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Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is a brilliant mash up of two beloved tales. Snow White with touches of the Goose Girl. I don't know how Sarah thought of combing the two. They work so well together, and add different aspects and layers to a well know story. Bali is a likable protagonist who has all the odds against her from the first page. She starts the story as a rather naive princess but through some unexpected trials she shows her grit and determination. The setting was unique and fresh, and the characters were ...more
Kathryn McConaughy
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Though it is with great regret that I bid farewell to my stepdaughter—” the empress did not sound regretful— “her departure is undoubtedly the will of the Divine. So His prophecy commands: ‘As the river unites land and sea, so the fairest of all shall unite those that have been divided and make them one.’ The Dragonglass, which cannot lie, declares Princess Baili fairer than any in the land. Therefore, she shall wed Prince Liu Xiang of the Kingdom of Three Peaks and seal between our lands a bon ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Did I pick up this book after finding an author through goodreads likes? Yes. And so don't regret it.

Positives: A REALLY masterful smushing of the Goose Girl and Snow White. Unique AND it plays in the individual fairy tales' themes in a very sweet way. The characters are all pretty fun, too, and it's nice to see the friendships evolving as well as the arcs making their full circles (that's a thing, right?). Furthermore, the plot was tightly woven and the Asian-inspired background was very well b
Jem Jones
(I was supposed to review this several days ago for the Seven Magic Mirrors blog tour, seeing as I received an ARC and all. But Life stepped in and slapped me in the face. Sorry - promise I'm not normally that flippant about my responsibilities! ;P)

Firstly, this is a Snow White x Goose Girl retelling and I love it. I love playing around with twisting fairytales together myself, but I'd never thought about joining those two. And Sarah makes them fit together so neatly!

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I never would have guessed that The Goose Girl and Snow White would lend themselves so well to blending but Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington did a fantastic job.

The way the magical fantasy aspects were woven to integrate the two original sources was clever. The magical blood gifts those of royal blood bear were fascinating and my favorite part of the story. And the cultures of the various countries represented were interesting and varied. If Pennington chooses to write more fairy-tale mashu
Kim  Gregory
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a double re-telling! The Goose Girl as well as a hint of Snow White.

Baili is the Princess of the Kingdom of the Seven Rivers. Her parents have both died and she is left with just her step-mother. Before they died her parents betrothed her to the Prince of the Kingdom of Three Peaks, Xiang. (If you haven't guessed by now this has an oriental flair to it). We all know what happens in The Goose Girl, well it happens here to, only Lanwen tries to kill Baili but is foiled. Baili becomes a par
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

A unique idea to twist Snow White and The Goose-Girl that worked really well. The characters were developed and unique and Baili's struggle to stand up for herself was realistic. I had a little trouble getting into this story, wish moments were presented instead of told about and that more was said on bloodtalent which was talked about a little but still left some questions yet was a big part of the story. A good afternoon read that meshed two fairy tales together to create a new story.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed reading this book! This book has great characters and a great plot! I liked this retelling of Snow White and The Goose Girl!
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Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. Sarah’s first published work, Blood in the Snow, received a perfect score and Special Unicorn status in Rooglewood Press’s F ...more

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