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The Snow Owl [Kindle Edition]

Jon Hartling , Heather Hartling
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,006 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ben thinks his son’s talk of the magical kingdom of Lukana is just typical childhood imagination. But one winter day, when seven year-old Eric sculpts a snow owl in his backyard, he seems to set in motion events that cannot be anything but magical. Now Ben faces the terrifying prospect of losing his only child to a wintry spirit… a spirit that just might be the boy’s true father.

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About the Author

Jon Hartling had been writing aimlessly for many years before the stars aligned and he discovered his muse in the classic stories of H.P. Lovecraft.  With the invaluable help of his wife Heather in an editorial and technical capacity, he began writing short stories of weird fiction. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and children and dreams of one day owning a plush Cthulhu doll that's wearing a Green Bay Packers jersey and helmet. His demented cat Nikki may or may not be head-butting him at this very moment.

Product Details

  • File Size: 95 KB
  • Print Length: 11 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jon and Heather Hartling (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CHQY24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,345 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced light horror with a bit of magical fantasy August 29, 2011
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A young mother dies in childbirth and begs her husband to forgive her and accept the child. He looks down at a child that can't possibly be his, and decides that he loved his wife enough to raise her child even if she was unfaithful once. The boy is a sunny, bright child with an unusual preference for cold weather and a great imagination that insists he can talk to owls and invents a magical world. As the magical world becomes more real, the father fears that he will lose his child, and wonders what is really best for the boy.

I liked this father. He listened to his son and believed him even when what he said seemed impossible. Also, when confronted with the possibility of losing his son, he cared more about his son than about himself. This is a light, fast paced story with a satisfying ending. The horror comes from the universal fear of losing a child and not from anything creepy or monstrous.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty amazing! Wish it was longer. February 14, 2012
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What a nice short story! I loved it!

Synopsis: A loving couple. She dies during child birth but not before she asks him for forgiveness. As soon as he sees the baby he realizes that she asked for forgiveness because the child is not his. He makes the heart wrenching decision to raise this child as his own. At seven this child sculpts a snow owl and sets in motion a series of magical events where he confirms that he is Prince of Lukana and he will be traveling there soon.

Again, this story was AWESOME! The writing was on point. The author did a really great job in creating the ambiance, the intrigue and even a better job at wrapping this story up. It really left me wanting more. In fact I started to look up other books this author wrote.

I will definitely read Jon Hartling's other stories as well as re-read this one.

I recommend you pick this FREEBIE up on Amazon for Kindle!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Snow Owl October 15, 2011
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THE SNOW OWL is a very pleasing short story centered around a boy who was born as his mother died. His mother's last words were that she was sorry, and his father wasn't sure what she meant, but when he saw a baby with very light hair and pale skin compared to his and his wife's dark hair and darker-toned skin he wondered what had happened during his wife's vacation. His wife had gone to Colorado to ski, a winter-lover, but the father loved summer and didn't ski and stayed home.

As the boy grows and begins to talk he speaks of a place called Lukana and he wants to go there. He also makes a snowman, but instead of the traditional snowman, he makes a snow owl, and one evening calls his father to look out the window and they see a real snowy owl outside. Jamie, the boy, claims to be the prince of Lukana and believes the snowy owl is a messenger from there.

I wouldn't call this a strict horror story, but fantasy instead. I thought the snow owls were interesting and unique in this story. The character of Jamie was special and one that I like. I also like the father who was frightened while at the same time protected his son, and didn't judge.

If you like stories that include animals and have a bit of fantasy to them, you should enjoy SNOW OWL by Jon Hartling.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not appropriate for children October 17, 2013
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The biggest point that caught my attention is the idea that a woman went on some skiing trip and was raped and impregnated by a demon.I thought this was a kids book? Glad I read it first before I let my 7 year old read it.Horror? Yes I guess thats what the reviews are saying, but personally, This book is just plain inappropriate.Its directed to children and It just weirds you out.I wouldn't give any star if I could.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Short..... November 26, 2012
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The story seemed a bit on the strange side.....likely because it was lacking in length. Not sure if the author was trying to get a point across or not, but in the couple of minutes it took me to read it, I wasn't impressed...but will give him 3 stars for effort.....inside it, there is a REAL story begging to be told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The snow owl April 27, 2013
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There wasn't the whole book! It seemed like a good book it just didn't have an ending or conclusion! So I chose one star because of that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ending weird April 1, 2013
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I thought for the most part that this book was good. The only thing I didn't like was that the ending was kind of abrupt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars really????? September 11, 2012
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I have to say that I was very disappointed in this story. The beginning had so much potential to turn this into a full length novel, but after the weather did the book. Ending was a huge letdown for me. So much that I deleted off my kindle at the earliest possible moment. I am giving this a 2 star simply because it has potential. If the writer would go back and take another look at what they have written and possibly expand on the story, then maybe it could go somewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It was a good book but it ended too abruptly. I think it was a nice little story but it should have been longer or there should a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love the setting
I am still reading this book. I love the setting, reminds me of the Downton Abby series. Characters are in the British upper class and
there is resistance to change to more... Read more
Published 2 days ago by bossof27
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful prose and flow suck you into a fabulous transformation
I like this story because it has the feel of a parable or traditional fairy tale, that relaxed pace that lulls you into the characters and setting. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rob Natiuk
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Bla bla bla snow bla bla bla owl bla bla bla bla bla bla boring boring im deleting this dumb book
Published 20 days ago by brittney baggett
3.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!! 😍😻🙉👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
I love it so much and I'm ten. Mostly ten year olds don't like to read but I love to and this book really pulled me in at the beginning this is the best book ever!! ;D ;D
Published 23 days ago by Jaden McGInnis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It was very interesting. I think they put a lot of thought into the book. The boy seemed like he was turning into Ben after awhile
Published 1 month ago by D. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow owl
This book was very cool I would recommend it to 13 year olds so I hope you enjoy it this is it
Published 1 month ago by funnybunny
1.0 out of 5 stars Good
It's good but boring. Nerdier the mother dies and the snow owls wings broke I love owl don't get boik
Published 1 month ago by cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is amazing
My kids that are in 3rd and 6th are loving the book!!!!!! It reminds me of Hoot a little bit.
Published 1 month ago by peter previty
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
Intriguing. Could not stop once I started. Just enough suspense although the end is abrupt and could have been better developed. Read more
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