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308 pages, Hardcover
First published September 14, 2009
I didn’t know it until after I read the summary of the original fairytale but East was pretty much exactly the same as the original East of the Sun West of the Moon story. Ice deviated a lot, it was just as addictive but a bit odd, honestly.
The book has a modern setting, the heroine lives on a research station and is a determined and feisty girl who leaves with the bear because of a bargain and marries him. She struggles with her situation but finally finds a way to be happy. That is when the shit storm hits.
The concept of ‘munaqsri’ and how that ties with trolls was fresh and intriguing. But, it was not terribly impressive? Or maybe impressive is the wrong word. I don’t think it was very well-put, that’s all. The big and only problem is that bear’s imprisonment makes no sense. Those trolls were lost souls and bear knew it. It took minutes for Cassie to realize this and all she had to do was make a bargain with them herself and present the human munaqsri who absorbed them. Bear was with them for SIX months.
It was a cool book anyway.