This book is a stunning reinterpretation of the classic Norse tale 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'.
The youngest of a large family, the Lass is blessed with the mystical ability to speak to animals. Because of her ability, she does not fear the giant polar bear who asks her to accompany him to his palace for one year. In return, he will grant her family the means to have a better life. The Lass agrees, much to the displeasure of her eldest brother, whose own adventure in the frozen north is something of a mystery.
At the ice palace, the Lass is attended on by all manner of creatures. They are all equally surprised to find that she can speak to them. Yet, when she tries to befriend them, they tend to disappear forever. In addition to the company of the bear and the servants, a mysterious man accompanies the Lass to bed each night. In spite of the peculiarities of her situation, the Lass comes to enjoy her new home. When the Lass' father falls ill, the bear allows her to go home for a time with the agreement that she will return with him to his palace. Upon hearing about the night visitor, the Lass' mother convinces her to take a candle with her to see the visitor's face. In spite of her intention not to use it, curiosity gets the best of the Lass and she lights the candle.
The beautiful prince that sleeps beside her wakes to tell her that he was also the polar bear, under a spell, and that since she could not wait a year to see him, he must now wed the troll queen. The prince disappears and the Lass is left determined to right the wrong she did by saving him from the troll queen's palace that lies East of the sun and West of the moon.
Her encounters in the ice palace are just the beginning of an entire world of magic and adventure that she braves to rescue her enchanted prince.
Similar books: East o' the Sun & West o' the Moon by Gillian Barlow, The Princess and the White Bear King by Tanya Robyn Batt, East by Edith Pattou,
Date read: 6/2/2011
This is a great adventure that has you bouncing up and down the whole time. (Except for the part when you cry.) Part romance, part adventure, this is a heartwarming tale.