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The Snow Queen (2008)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Series: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms (4)

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Falsely accused of unleashing evil on nearby villages, Aleksia, the ice fairy and Queen of the Northern Lights, realizing that a heartless imposter is ruining her reputation, sets out to face down a formidable foe.

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This take on the more northern tales is a very good one. The ending was a bit sudden, but the way toward the ending was a great journey. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
I enjoyed this book, but I've always loved the Snow Queen myths. I like the way this one was set up, though I did predict many pieces of the ending. (The books of the 500 Kingdoms are NOT ones I read for unexpected plot twists. They are ones I read for the Happily Ever Afters.)

I do think I liked book 1 of this series best still, but I really enjoyed this one. . . more than I had expected to based on the descriptive blurb and even the beginning of the book itself. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
Absolutely loved it. One of my favorites out of all of her works. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
As I do choose books by the cover, had I seen this cover I'd most likely not have read the book... too modern for my idea of the actual time frame....

The book does tell the story of Kay & Gerda, but from the view point of the Snow Queen, Aleskia, who in reality is a Godmother (human w/ the ability to preform magic)... Her job is to teach callous, selfish, & uncaring people a lesson.

All the while there is something else going on.... someone is using the name of "Snow Queen" to do terrible things to the Sammi people, freezing entire villages to death, thus giving Aleskia a very bad name. So Aleskia goes out to put a stop to the evil one by doing so with the help of two Sammi Wise Women.

The book was too long and the beginning was quite boring... where the two stories of the Sammi & Snow Queen came together was where my interest was peaked....

Because I didn't like the beginning, I'm cutting this down to 2.5 ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 14, 2019 |
3.5 stars

Aleksia is the “Snow Queen” or “Ice Fairy”, one in a long line of snow queens – she took over for someone else in the position. This also makes her one of the Godmothers of the kingdoms. As she goes about her usual business, she discovers that someone seems to be impersonating her to do terrible things. She must find out who is doing this and put a stop to it.

This actually had a few different storylines, which made it a bit confusing for me at the start. I enjoyed the second half much more after one of the storylines wrapped up (Aleksia’s “usual business”) and the other two storylines (including searching for the imposter) joined up. ( )
  LibraryCin | Dec 30, 2018 |
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"You're not like any fairy godmother I ever heard of," young Kay said, sullenly, his voice echoing in the enormous, and otherwise empty, throne room.
There is an empty space where you should be, the song said. It is a mortal wound that I will never recover from. Where are you? I would give all that I have to join you. Without you, the sunlight is dim. Without you, food is tasteless, flowers have lost their scent, birdsong has no melody. Without you, why it there Spring? Without you, life has no meaning. My friends try to comfort me, but there is no comfort to be had. I am alone in the darkness and cold of my own soul, and there is nothing good in the world without you. Page 357
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Falsely accused of unleashing evil on nearby villages, Aleksia, the ice fairy and Queen of the Northern Lights, realizing that a heartless imposter is ruining her reputation, sets out to face down a formidable foe.

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