Katherine Rundell is one of my favorite authors and I was not disappointed with this book.
The characters are just wonderful and the landscape is so well described.
The plot was simple and beautiful, the writing style breathtaking.
THIS is an AMAZING book have my own copy finished it yesterday amazing gave it 4 stars
one of the members of our junior fiction book club loved this book and rated it 5 stars!
My son says this book is so expressively written! Well worth a read.
As a folk tale, or a fable, this story is brilliant, beautiful, touching, inspiring. Outstanding.
As a historical-esque fiction novel about an isolated young girl's journey to save her mother from a villainous and insane man, it's laughably unbelievable. Laughable, as in, "what the hell is this ridiculousness," as in, so many plot holes and frustrating "real time" questions, I was constantly jarred out of my story transportation.
As soon as I let go of the expectation of a fiction novel that asks me to believe its reality, as soon as I approached the story more as I would a children's fantasy book, or a short tale by someone such as H. C. Anderson, as a vivid, rich fairy tale, with unusually specific and individual detail, I was easily swept up into Feo's life. And boy oh boy, was I committed. The characters dance off the page, especially the two boys who help her and her three (and a half-pint!) wolves! The prose was magical and the dialogue intriguing.
The ending, I held my breath and got a few tears in my eyes. Wonderful hope. Empowering.
Russians, snow, wolves, revolutionary fervour; even ballet, and a ruined castle.
Lots of fun.
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