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Review by Suze
Valor's sister Sasha is in prison because she's stolen an important artefact. The theft has a huge political impact, but Valor doesn't care about any of it. The only thing Valor wants is to find her sister and break her out of prison. Therefore she has to commit a crime herself, how else can they be reunited? Being cold, hungry and tortured will be worth finding Sasha and Valor is prepared to do whatever it takes to get her sister out of the terrible situation she's in. How will she flee from a place where nobody's able to escape from? Will Valor and Sasha ever see their parents again or will they have to spend the rest of their lives in an ice cold prison?
Prisoner of Ice and Snow is a beautiful gripping story. Valor and Sasha are close and Valor loves her sister enough to risk a life sentence. She's an admirable character. She's smart, fierce and incredibly loyal. I immediately liked her spirit and her determination. She doesn't give up, she keeps making plans and she's protective of the people she cares about. Valor makes friends and enemies in the prison camp and it was interesting to find out who she could and couldn't trust. Ruth Lauren describes the relationships between her main characters in a great dynamic way that immediately captivated me.
Prisoner of Ice and Snow has a fantastic unique setting, a cold prison. I loved Ruth Lauren's descriptions of the desolate place itself and of the work the prisoners have to do. There are strict rules, scary wardens and heavy punishments, but there's also friendship, unexpected help and kindness. The coldness of the prison is being balanced with the warmth of love for family and allies, which is something I really liked about Prisoner of Ice and Snow. It's a wonderful fast-paced story filled with plenty of unexpected twists and turns, intriguing conspiracies and complex family connections. I absolutely loved this amazing book and highly recommend it.
If you love fantasy Prisoner of Ice and Snow would be an excellent choice. The story is meant for children (MG), but can definitely be enjoyed by adults as well.
About Ruth Lauren
Ruth Lauren lives in the West Midlands in England with her family and a lot of cats. She likes chocolate, walking in the woods, cheese, orchids, going to the movies, and reading as many books as she can. She’s been a teacher and worked in lots of different offices, but she likes writing best. Prisoner of Ice and Snow is her debut novel.