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The Snow Owl [Kindle Edition]

Jon Hartling , Heather Hartling
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (891 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: #1,494 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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52 of 58 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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4 of 4 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
By craig
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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
By Emily
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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 What
What happened it was good but what happens is everything real or is it in his head. I would like to know. But all in all it was good.
Published 54 minutes ago by Such
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with our purchase and delivery.
Published 17 hours ago by Tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
This book was great. It was very short but worth my time. The author should write a second one. 😄
Published 3 days ago by Michael L. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by Pat Crepeau
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good book but should have been longer with more depth where it quit.
Published 4 days ago by shoppergal
3.0 out of 5 stars The Snow Owl
A remarkably short story, I wish that there had been more background. The characters are not finished, leaving a sense that more could have been filled in.
Published 4 days ago by Cindyaie
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern retelling of Goethe's "Der Erlkönig"
"Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind? Es ist der Vater mit seinem Kind..."
I had no idea when I downloaded this short that this would be my favourite... Read more
Published 4 days ago by FuldaRussell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
arrived as expectation in good condition
Published 8 days ago by Rhonda Canady
1.0 out of 5 stars Not long at all!!!! >:(
Too short, I mean, it is only 1 dang chapter!!! >:( Good chapter though (at least.) Should REALLY check out; Star Girl: No Savage Under This Moon.<-- GREAT BOOK!
Published 8 days ago by Alyssa Sloan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
This is a great book. I would like it to be longer or have a second book really did like this book I think 7 and up should be able to read this.
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