Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Review

Written By Eowyn Ivey

Fantasy, Romance, Drama


A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska.  Alaska, the 1920s.  Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before.

When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding: is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?

Written with the clarity and vividness of the Russian fairy tale from which it takes its inspiration, The Snow Child is an instant classic.


The old folk tale about an old couple who make a child out of snow has always been a favorite of mind. To be honest, I've always found it to be a simple yet beautiful tale.

When I heard that an author had written their debut novel based on the old folk tale itself I wondered if it would even come close to that level of beauty.

After reading this novel I realise I shouldn't have been worried in the slightest. The story is absolutely gorgeous, heartfelt and very well written. I honestly couldn't believe that this was Eowyn Ivey's debut novel as it was written with such an earnest confidence that it felt like she'd been writing novels for years.

The writing style brings to mind a mix of having a fairytale feel to them but at the same time a realistic Catherine Cookson style in that she uses the time period itself as if a major part of the storyline.

Another thing I really liked was how Ivey used the bleak and sometimes desolate Alaskan surroundings as if it was another character. Not once did it fall in to cliched territory.

The characters themselves really come to life on the page and stay with you long after you have closed the book. A novel hasn't made me feel that way about the characters for a very long time.

I can honestly understand all the good reviews for this book as it most definitely lived up to the hype surrounding it and more.

Very highly recommended.

Story 4.5/5
Characters 4.5/5
Recommended 5/5
Overall 14/15

1 comment:

  1. It sounds good though perhaps a bit darker than what I usually like to read at this time of the year.

    I'm glad you loved the book though :D