In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find – because Erkenwald is ruled by an evil Ice Queen and the tribes must stay hidden or risk becoming her prisoners at Winterfang Palace.
Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey to the Never Cliffs and beyond in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.
This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world …
A lovely middle grade fantasy quest book. Really generated a lot of feel good emotions and warmth. I loved Eska, Flint and Blu, and their animals! Flint in particular with his magic and inventions was really lovely, especially in how he is with Blu and in looking after her.
It’s just gorgeously written and incredibly evocative.
Eska is a bit harder to connect with, possibly through not knowing much about herself, but I loved her strength and faith. And they all display such bravery.
Also as a side note, the book cover and art inside (including the map) is just stunning, as is the snowflake page art on every page. Yep, every single page has tiny little snowflake decoration and it is glorious. Easily one of the most physically beautiful books I’ve read.