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The Raven and the Reindeer, by T. Kingfisher
adventurous funny lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
This was a delightful retelling of the Snow Queen. It hit key parts of the original tale while putting a fresh and entertaining spin on characters and events. Kingfisher nailed the fairytale-like narrative voice and wove so much humour into the story (I mean like I was laughing out loud).
I adored all three main characters. I loved how naive Gerta was and how she could be foolishly optimistic one minute and then think the absolute worst was going to happen the next. Seeing her grow from a timid, almost self-loathing character to one taking on the Snow Queen and believing herself worthy of love was fantastic. Janna was also a great character. I loved seeing her become more free and open, and appreciated how analytical and logical she was in contrast to Gerta’s “no thoughts, head empty” approach. And of course, my favourite, Mousebones. He was everything I wanted and more in an animal companion character: self-important, but fundamentally loyal. Most of the times I audibly laughed was because of him.
I really liked Gerta and Janna’s relationship. Their chemistry was palpable, yet I also believed in their deeper connection. It was a little insta-lovey, but I wasn’t too affronted by this as they weren’t making irrational decisions in the name of “love.”
SpoilerI.e., Gerta still went to find Kay, and the only reason Janna went with her initially is because she wanted to escape her father.
The plot itself was really well paced. There was always something happening, and because Kingfisher was remixing events I never quite knew what would happen next. There was some really creative plant and animal magic too, which I hadn’t expected but tied in beautifully with the plot.
Finally, the atmosphere was amazing. It was so wintery that I felt cold and like I needed to get cosy. I could picture the landscapes so clearly and felt truly immersed.
Moderate: Adult/minor relationship, Toxic friendship, Death, Kidnapping, Murder, Animal death, Blood, and Violence
Minor: Suicide, Grief, Fire/Fire injury, Injury/injury detail, Physical abuse, Cannibalism, Death of parent, Ableism, Pregnancy, Alcohol, Vomit, Excrement, Animal cruelty, Misogyny, Sexism, and GoreMajor: missing loved one Minor: internalised misogyny, loss of a loved one, illness, epidemic, imprisonment