Fantasy, Young Adult
Scholastic Children's Books
October 5th 2017
Red, red, the lights glow red Beware the danger up ahead… On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colors have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is on the way. And then there’s red. Red is rare. A warning. Seventeen years ago, the sky turned red just as Ósa was born, unleashing a plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of villagers, including her own mother. This time, when the night sky once again bleeds crimson, she must discover how to stop the onslaught before so many lives are lost again.
What a beautifully lyrical book
I first heard about A Shiver of Snow and Sky from everyone at YALC 2017 (yes, a long time ago now!) From then on, I knew I wanted to get a copy of this book and see what it was about. I am utterly pleased that I did.
The story just feels magical. Everything about the narrative how it would switch between 2 different characters, from versus to poems. It is breathtaking. The world-building is also unbelievably good. The vastness of the world of Skane and the lore behind areas, it is so incredibly done and I yearned to learn more. The pacing is also a good mixture of fast and slow. From fights to journeys, it is just perfect.
All around us, the constellations were coming to life
The characters in A Shiver of Snow and Sky are also incredibly well done. Ósa, the main girl protagonist is super strong-willed, smart and absolutely fearless. Against all odds, she is able to undertake a journey where death is the norm. Where no man would ever venture. However, she is brave and willing to do anything to save her village. Ósa is also so smart and is able to figure out problems super fast.
Ivar is also a strong male character who wants nothing than for Ósa to come home safe. I loved his character and his point-of-view within the book was so good! Between him and Ósa, there is a slow-burning romance that I highly loved. I also adored the fact that it was not the main focus of the story.
Overall, I LOVED reading A Shiver of Snow and Sky. It had elements of adventure, love, and Nordic culture thrown in as well. I would recommend this book if you enjoy vast world-building that builds up to a crescendo of an ending!