For she was a great one for reading books, much to dismay of her parents. Oh, they thought everyone should read, of course, but perhaps not so many books in just one week! It was really quite extraordinary, how many books the girl could devour in a short span of time. Her parents, who were kind as well as wise, told her books were very important, but honestly, she needed to make friends and engage in other activities besides reading.
The girl was happy enough to oblige, when obliging meant horseback riding, or drawing, or singing. But as for team sports—no, she was having none of that. For one thing, she knew she wasn’t gifted with athletic ability and, in truth, she didn’t much care for large gatherings of other young people. Sadly, she always felt like an outsider—like a crow trying to flit about with chickadees. The girl preferred the world she found in books, where she could travel anywhere and never feel she didn’t belong.
Many of the books she read were stories of the future, or the past, or fantasies of lands and times no one had ever seen. Then there were fairy tales—stories passed down from earlier times, told and embellished by a chorus of voices, until at last some wandering scholar wrote them down. Of these tales, her favorites were not the ones most commonly depicted in films or books. No, she liked the quirky ones—especially the few that showed a female character taking action to change her own life. She loved stories like “The Coat of Many Skins,” where a young princess ran away from an arranged marriage and managed her own affairs well enough to marry the attractive King of another land. Or a tale like “The Six Swans,” where a sister braved death to save her brothers from a lifetime of bestial enchantment. The one, more popular, fairy tale she always adored was “Beauty and the Beast,” because she admired Beauty’s loyalty and willingness to love someone despite their appearance.
She also loved literary fairy tales, like George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin, and many of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories.
So one day, when she was rather older—indeed, almost all grown up, although she would never quite grow-up completely—the girl decided to try to write her own version of a fairy tale. She pondered, considering all her favorite stories, and chose to base her book on Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”
She’d always loved this tale, for its haunting quality as much as anything else. There was something undefinably mysterious at the heart of Andersen’s story of a young girl who set off to rescue her friend from the lair of the Snow Queen. When the girl thought about this story, she realized that part of the attraction was the bravery of the protagonist, Gerda who, no princess or sorceress, undertook a dangerous journey armed with nothing more than faith and love. Then there was Kai, the young man whose heart was turned to ice even before he met the Snow Queen, and the Snow Queen herself—an enigmatic figure, neither heroine nor villain.
The girl felt she could craft something new and unique from this story, especially if she focused on the Snow Queen as the protagonist. Such a version of the tale had not been told before, to her knowledge, and it offered a chance to delve into some concepts important to the girl. These included themes like the conflict of intellect versus emotion, survival versus self-sacrifice, the force of the thirst for knowledge, the importance of animals, and the healing power of love and friendship. These were ideas the girl felt she could explore through writing a new version of Andersen’s classic tale.
So she set out to write her own fairy tale, and did so, and called it CROWN OF ICE.
And now you can read her book, and decide for yourself whether it deserves to sit on a shelf next to other fairy tales! I hope you will agree it does, but I bow, as always, to your opinion, dear reader.
CROWN OF ICE
Vicki L. WeavilPublisher: Month9Books
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Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.
About the Author:
Vicki L. Weavil is represented by Jennifer Mishler of The Literary Counsel. Her Young Adult Fantasy, CROWN OF ICE -- a dark retelling of H.C. Andersen's "The Snow Queen" -- will be published by Month9Books on Sept. 9, 2014.
She also writes YA and adult SciFi..
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