Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Snow Queen’s Shadow, by Jim C. Hines

The Snow Queen’s Shadow, by Jim C. Hines

Hines’ final book in the Princess series is a bit like what I imagine Disney might make of Crossed. A demon is freed and begins to infect the world (starting with Snow White) with a curse that causes everyone to see only ugliness and hate. Damaged relationships, petty revenges, and crumbling governments quickly follow, and Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are forced to hunt their closest friend. Unlike a traditional fairy tale everyone doesn’t live happily ever after, but the ending is still satisfying. This book is the series finale as well, and Hines tacks on a coda that harkens back to the first book, wrapping up the novels nicely. Each book builds on the previous one so you’ll want to read them in order, but reading them is recommended!

First Sentence:
The plan had been so simple.

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