Author: Jessica Day George
Genre: Young Adult/Fairy tale/Adventure/Fantasy/Romance
Blessed-or cursed-with an ability to understand animals, the Lass has always felt estranged from her family, who struggle to make a living in the windswept north. So when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out and promises that her family will be provided for if she accompanies him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the great white bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle. Slowly the Lass unravels the mystery of the bear’s enchantment and the spell connecting him with the strange symbols carved in the castle’s icy walls. But on a journey to a place where the four winds fear to travel, the true horror of the bear’s spell is revealed, and the Lass’s courage-and love-will be tested.
Positive Content: The Lass goes through many trials and dangers in order to rescue the White Bear. She has a very caring heart and has strong bonds with her brother, her father, her wolf, and eventually, the bear. Several characters risk their lives for others. Love is a very strong theme as well. There is no language, no sexual content, and very mild violence.
Negative Content: The Trolls are, well, selfish and wicked. The Troll princess kills of many creatures simply for slips of the tongue. She has also cursed many men into Great White Bears.
Summary: I’m a huge fan of Jessica Day George’s fairy-tale rewrites, and this one did not disappoint me. A rewrite of one of my favorite fairy tales, it beat “East” by Edit Pattou and “Ice” by Sarah Beth Durst. When I say beat, I mean ‘pulled up ahead so far it lost them in the dust.’ I highly recommend this book.
5 out of 5 stars