Title: Prisoner of Ice and Snow
Author: Ruth Lauren
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Published: September 07, 2017
Publishing House: Bloomsbury Children’s
Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Personal Rating: 4 / 5
Valor is under arrest for the attempted murder of the crown prince. Her parents are outcasts from the royal court, her sister is banished for theft of a national treasure, and now Valor has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Demidova, a prison built from stone and ice.
But that’s exactly where she wants to be. For her sister was sent there too, and Valor embarks on an epic plan to break her out from the inside.
No one has escaped from Demidova in over three hundred years, and if Valor is to succeed she will need all of her strength, courage, and love. If the plan fails, she faces a chilling fate worse than any prison …
An unforgettable story of sisterhood, valour and rebellion, Prisoner of Ice and Snow will fire you up and melt your heart all at once. Perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell, Piers Torday, and Cathryn Constable. [Goodreads]
My Personal Thoughts
This book is actually out of my comfort zone. It is a middle-grade fantasy novel; yes I do read fantasy books but it is the first time that I’ve read something for the young ones. I’ve read children’s books before and reviewed them as well but I did not expect this one to be interesting and time worthy. At first, I was hesitant when I picked it up from my shelf; I already assumed that I’ll get bored and that I won’t be able to finish it. Surprisingly, Valor (the main character) is impressive and her heart’s desires are just pure and unconditional. This is about the story of how she conquered every hindrance that came along her way in order to save her sister who was accused of stealing a precious music box owned by the royal family which will serve as an object to end a foreseeable war. Her determination and love for her twin sister (Sasha) are just so admirable and it made me realise that I want my kids to read this book so that it’ll teach them a lesson like how one should treat and value his sibling. I personally do not have any experience with regards to this matter because I am an only child. I grew up thinking that I don’t need to share anything with anyone since I don’t have a brother or a sister. Everything was just about me. At first, it felt amazing, who wouldn’t want to be in my position? But as time passed by, I’ve met people in school and in the real world, and then I realised that I don’t have anyone whom I can turn to when everything’s messy and shit. Yes, it’s great to have friends but it must be different and extra special to have a brother or a sister. So I really appreciated this story and the lessons that it taught me. The setting is really awesome; I love fantasy novels so it wasn’t that hard to get a hang of this one. The “prison” is a secured place where for the past 300 years no one was able to escape it due to the fact that it is heavily secured and that the guards are all strong, scary as hell, and skilled. The characters are all lovely especially Valor. Sasha, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of Valor, she isn’t skilled when it comes to using a bow but she is gifted with charm and intelligence, too bad that they accused her of stealing the music box. Prince Anatol is a mystery. He did not surprise me with his antics and stuff because I’ve already predicted some of the scenarios right from the start. The only thing that drove me nuts was that I wasn’t able to guess as to who will betray Valor and Sasha in the end. Anyway, that is a valid point because it means that the story still has its reservations and it still surprised me with its twists and turn out of events. It wasn’t that much but it definitely made sense. Overall, I highly recommend it to young adult and middle-grade readers who are starting to become a bookworm. It is filled with life lessons that these people can easily understand and relate to.
Thank you so much, Bloomsbury, for my copy.