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The Winter Prince Paperback – December 28, 2013
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A splendid contemporary fairy tale set in a faraway land, The Winter Prince will charm you as did the classic fairy tales of our youth. I loved the fact that it takes place in rural America and that young Margaret speaks in the colloquial dialogue of the backwoods folk. While she is suitably impressed with everything and everyone she encounters, she is able to keep her wits about her. And when she meets and saves the magician Anubis, we know it won't take long before romance is in the air. The story is well written, the pacing is nice and steady, the characters are varied and interesting, and the conclusion is most satisfying. A lovely novella to read to your young ones (8 years and older). There is enough to make them shudder (the evil Summer Queen and Lord Vernum), lots of fun adventures, a hint of romance, and a happy ending.
A hefty punch from a novella of under one hundred pages. Loved reading this one!
'Not a thing,' Margaret whispered. 'Except good manners, I guess'.”
With double fists in the air, I yelled out, “Yes!”
This was by far my favorite quote from "The Winter Prince," capturing a theme dear and true to my own heart: Why can’t we all just get along, and respect each other, differences aside?
The Winter Prince, a classic formulaic fairy tale, shines a light on the importance of being a good citizen, taking care of your family, and being honest and kind to others no matter how ugly or different you are.
Our hero Margaret is a self-sufficient teen who lives with her father in a traditional town of trades. Strangely winter never arrives, and summer plagues the land. With their town thriving in summer and no immediate need for wood to heat homes, Margaret and her father fall into hard times. He’s a woodcutter. They make most of their money in winter. With summer blazing on well into Christmas, her father questions their survival. The fight for power between summer and winter reveals itself when Margaret meets the Winter King disguised as a catfish. He bespells her father so she will help restore his own son the Winter Prince to him, sending Margaret on a journey through the magical summer land. Filled with lively magical creatures, dangerous mythical villains, and a final test of ultimate strength coupled with heart, The Winter Prince exposes societal values in vivid scenes true to old legends and also writes in a few new ones. Imaginative, lively, you can’t help but root for the champion as she challenges the world she’d never known existed. Will Margaret save winter, and wake her father from his endless sleep? What will the Summer Queen, with eyes like a sphinx, do to her if she does succeed?
If you’re a fan of fairy tales, you’ll love "The Winter Prince." Captivating, vivid from the creatures you’ll meet to the outstanding dialogue, "The Winter Prince" will draw you in and hold your attention all the way through the fantastic end.