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The Arctic Fury

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,047 ratings  ·  325 reviews
In early 1853, experienced California Trail guide Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by a mysterious benefactor who offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: lead a party of 12 women into the wild, hazardous Arctic to search for the lost Franklin Expedition. It’s an extraordinary request, but the party is made up of extraordinary women. Each brings her own strengths a ...more
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Published December 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Greer Macallister Hi! Lady Jane Franklin did indeed send a number of expeditions to search for her husband John Franklin's lost Arctic venture, and many of my character…moreHi! Lady Jane Franklin did indeed send a number of expeditions to search for her husband John Franklin's lost Arctic venture, and many of my characters were inspired by real figures from the 1850s. But the idea of an all-female expedition as it unspools in the book, that never happened -- as far as we know!(less)
Greer Macallister Yes, the expedition begins in Boston and moves northward into Canada, so it should count for your challenge! Best wishes for great reading in 2021.

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Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Lady Jane Franklin, The Woman Who Fueled 19th Century Polar Exploration...determined and dedicated to the sciences, she dispatched many a vessel to the Arctic."
-Lauren Young February 23, 2017 [Atlas Obscura]

Lady Jane financed a series of polar missions to search for her husband, famed explorer Sir John Franklin, who failed to return home after setting sail in 1845 to search for a Northwest Passage. "Each...failed expedition [to find Sir John] had been conceived by men, run by men, peopled by me
Diane S ☔
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love novels set in cold places and consider the Arctic one of the last pure places on our planet. A novel and imaginative plot, blending history with a trial and the strength of women.

Jane Franklin hires Virginia, a young woman who has worked as a guide, bringing over 400 people safely to the West. It is the 1850s and women are seldom admired for their strength. Franklin wants to hire Virginia to lead a team of women to the Arctic to search for John Franklin, his men and two ships. She accepts t
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Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Captain Sir John Franklin was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic. His last expedition known as Franklin’s lost expedition (1845-1846) was followed by many searches. One of them (fictional) gives ground for this story.

Boston, 1854. Virginia Reeve is accused of “one count of kidnapping and one count of murder” of Caprice Collins, fellow explorer.

A year and a half earlier, Virginia arrives at Tremond House in Boston where she meets with Lady Jane Franklin. Lady Jane wants her
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is the first book I have read by Greer MacAllister, and it has inspired me to look for her other works of historical fiction. The cover was beautiful and eye-catching. I was mesmerized by this gripping novel inspired by two historical events. It was evident that much research went into this book. Real women of the era also inspired the development of the characters, although none of these people ever journeyed into the Arctic. In two major alternate timelines, we learn the story of an Arcti ...more
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh, this was such a great story! Ever since I read Woman 99, I have been hoping to read another Greer Macallister historical fiction. I loved the concept of an all women's arctic expedition to search for Sir John Franklin and his crew in the 1850s. The second major storyline of the novel is a sensational murder when one of the women is put on trial, accused of murdering another member of the expeditio
Karren  Sandercock
In 1853, Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by Lady Jane Franklin and she wants her to lead a group of 12 women to the Arctic. Virginia has experience as a guide leading travelers to Oregon and this is a totally different kind of journey into one of the world’s harshest environments.
Lady Franklin expects the women to find her lost husband Sir John Franklin, his expedition party and two missing ships.

Each of the women is picked for their individual skills; it’s a real mixture of ages, persona
I love this adventure story! I may be biased. I also adore the cover AND the title. I love stories with this backdrop - winter, ice, and snow.

The majority of the characters are female (all female Arctic group of 13) and the elite Lady Franklin who financed the expedition. The story is told in two timelines; during the Arctic journey and a year later in Boston court where Virginia, the women's expedition leader is on trial for murder.

The expedition to find what became of the original group led
Kerrin Parris
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister begins in October 1854 in the Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston. Virginia Reeve is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Caprice Collins, a wealthy Boston adventurer. As she gazes out into the courtroom, she sees five (5) women on the front row, who are there to support her. They too are survivors of the failed arctic expedition that resulted in Caprice Collins’ death. The Collins family controls a local newspaper, and the stories have
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1986, Ann Bancroft gave up her special education and physical education teaching positions in Minneapolis to participate in Will Steger’s North Pole Expedition, which reached the Pole by dogsled in 56 days. Six years later, she led a four-woman expedition to the South Pole on skis, making her the first woman to accomplish both feats.

Greer Macallister’s The Arctic Fury is a work of historical fiction involving thirteen women engaged in the pursuit of a similar, much more difficult challenge. T
When you read the words arctic fury, what do you see? Though covers and titles alone should not be the prime determination to read a book often it's what draws me in. A concise description also helps, one that tells enough but doesn't tell it all.

Arctic Fury was immediately on my list. The title evoked thoughts of cold, ice and nature's fury. The brief descriptions also promised a different kind of fury, one of a band of thirteen resilient women led by a fierce leader charged to find a lost exp
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Men," said Lady Franklin, not with rancor but still investing the word with a sharp importance. "Each of these failed expeditions has been conceived by men, run by men, peopled by men entire."

Lady Jane Franklin has made an offer to the adventurous Virginia Reeve to take up the challenge of locating the lost crew of her husband in the Arctic. The explorers manned (Did I actually say that?) by Lord Franklin and his ship mates has not been heard from in some time. Lady Jane fears the worst but nee
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Captivating, atmospheric, and immersive!

The Arctic Fury is an emotive, absorbing novel set in the mid-1850s that sweeps you back-and-forth between a Boston courtroom where Virginia Reeve is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of socialite Caprice Collins, one of twelve women who embarked on a northern expedition to find the missing Sir John Franklin, and the icy, cold, Arctic where friendships were formed, life was lost, secrets surfaced, and past tragedies haunted.

The writing is vivid and ex
Kristina McMorris
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get an early peek for a cover quote and was sucked in from the very first sentence: "In the front row sit the survivors." See what I mean?? My two cents:

In her latest gem of a historical novel, Greer Macallister once again entrances the reader with her gift of riveting prose and finely crafted suspense. Equal parts courtroom drama and literary thriller, THE ARCTIC FURY bears all the twists and turns of a runaway train, barreling through an expedition as harsh and unrel
Anna Avian
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was expecting an atmospheric and thrilling story about the formidable willpower and resilience of female explorers, determined against all odds to go on an expedition into the Arctic. Sadly, this was anything but that.
Most of the female characters felt very one-dimensional and fade into the background.
There was a complete lack of descriptions of the Arctic, details on the women’s time ‘on the ice’, how they spent months alone in the wilderness, how they hunted together. There weren’t any det
MaryannC. Book Freak
3.75 actual stars

Set in the 1850's after Lady Jane's husband Sir John Franklin goes missing during a famous expedition in 1845, she dispatches a secret group of women to bring her husband home. After other failed attempts, Lady Jane believes that women can accomplish the task of finding her husband and chooses Virginia Reeve, a woman already hardened by harsh conditions who survived the tragic Donner's Party to lead the expedition. A year later Virginia during a sensational trial for essentially
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3.5 stars

Twelve women. The arctic circle. One death.

Virginia Reeves, a trail guide, has brought over 400 people across the west in the 1850s.

Franklin, a mysterious benefactor, wants Virginia to guide twelve women to the arctic to search for several missing persons.

She has to trek across hardships and terrifying circumstances. Intwined with this tale is the aftermath - where Virginia is on trial (not all of the 12 women make it o
Kim Richardson
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I loved The Arctic Fury, it gives all the feels!!

An unforgiving, snow-dazzling landscape, a cast of extraordinary, fierce women, and a nail-biting courtroom drama that wrecked my nails makes this historical gem unputdownable!

Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity to read this unforgettable ARC!
Karen R
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my fourth Greer Macallister book and another great adventure involving a strong, trailblazing woman. I admired the determined and disciplined Virginia Reeve who while internally grappling with her past, is about to lead an all-female expedition into the frozen Arctic on a recovery mission for two lost Royal Navy ships. She must stay sharp as twelve women are depending on her. She knows none of the women she will be leading as they were chosen by Lady Jane Franklin who is funding the secr ...more
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"A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition—and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don't come back."

Good story, it's amazing what women in that era put themselves through to show they were as strong or stronger than men. I like Greer Macallister and have read several of her books.

Gripping courtroom murder trial that puts the surviving female member of a failed artic expedition in the dock .
The superb well written story of a group of strong women taking on an impossible journey that many will not survive, which twists and turns with lies, deceit and a plot to make the leader of the expedition die on the gallows.
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Hmmmm, this book is a little hard to review. On one hand, it kept me intrigued and turning the pages (I finished it in two days!). On the other hand, when I read the last line I couldn't help but think "that's it?!"

I think perhaps my expectations got the better of me with this one. I was expecting an atmospheric rich in a detailed story about an all female expedition into the Arctic. Unfortunately for ME, that was the weakest part of the book. It's like the author glossed over that part in favo
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
(2.5 stars if I'm to be entirely honest). I was highly anticipating this one and delighted when my wish was granted by Netgalley to be an early reader. I'm just terribly sorry I'm not the one to perhaps provide the review they might have been hoping for.

I had already read Lady Franklin of Russell Square which has a similar premise, although focused on Lady Franklin herself and her undying devotion to finding her husband Sir John Franklin and his Arctic expedition. Here, in Arctic Fury we briefl
Dec 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Stopped reading at 31%.

I am highly skeptical that this author even bothered to research criminal procedure and the rules of evidence prior to writing this book—which is literally about a murder trial. As soon as the prosecution put a random “professor” on the stand to testify generally as to the sufficiency of the evidence (most of which was not yet received!), I freakin’ lost my mind.

Did the Federal Rules of Evidence exist in 1854? No. But one quick and easy search on Westlaw for the word “evid
Laura • lauralovestoread
The Arctic Fury is going down as one of my favorite historical fiction reads for 2020!!

I loved the 1850s setting taking me on a journey to the Arctic with an all-female expedition, and was just completely entranced with the concept of this adventure. I can’t even imagine what that experience would have been like, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much.

The characters we’re all written with so much depth and backstory, and I also loved the dual storyline of the murder trial as Virginia is bein
Aug 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
In this novel, told through a courtroom drama and flashbacks, a young woman is in trial for the death of one of her companions in a catastrophically bad expedition to the Arctic. Virginia Reeves is hired by a wealthy woman whose husband and his crew have disappeared in the Arctic. Reeves's background is as a guide for colonists in the American West, which does not make her the right person to lead this expedition, as the novel shows: she's not a good leader or planner in almost every situation t ...more
Erika Robuck
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't turn the pages of THE ARCTIC FURY fast enough. The characters--even the most difficult--are so real, so human, and so sympathetic, I wished deeply for their well-being and had my heart broken and put back together many times as their fates were revealed. Macallister is a master of historical fiction, and her care for those who populate her stories comes through in her portrayal of them. This is a book that wants to be discussed. Recommended for book clubs. ...more
Susan Peterson
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, the cover of this book is stunning, and so wonderfully conveys the feel of this book. There is so much to say about this extraordinary book, I hope I can put into words how amazing it is. This compelling historical fiction novel follows a group of courageous women, led by Virginia Reeve, an intrepid woman who had been a trail guide out west. Now she is the leader of an Arctic expedition, fraught with danger, in charge of a diverse group of women who bond and clash equally. The chap ...more
Leighellen Landskov
Have you ever read a book and enjoyed it so much you actually wanted MORE? I feel like I totally geeked out while reading this book. The Arctic Fury is over 400 pages long, and yet by the end I found myself googling ship wrecks and watching Youtube videos about mountaineers to learn more about these people and to see if any of them actually existed.

“Women can do far more than the narrow lens of society deems fitting. I suspect there is nothing, literally nothing, of which women are not capable.
Erin Lindsay McCabe
This was such a fantastic read—my favorite of all of Macallister’s books (and I’ve read them all, and they’re all fab). But this had so many things I love—multiple badass female characters, a hint of a love story (or two), complex characters who grow and change, and a fantastic, heart-wrenching mystery. I loved the exploration of themes such as honor and duty and integrity. And I was so happy with the way the storyline of a character I loved to hate was resolved (I’m trying not to spoil anything ...more
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Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister earned her MFA in creative writing from American University. Her debut novel THE MAGICIAN'S LIE was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. Her novels GIRL IN DISGUISE (“a rip-roaring, fast-paced treat to read” - Booklist) and WOMAN 99 (“a nail biter that makes you want to stand up and cheer” - Kate Quinn) were inspired ...more

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