by Sarah Beth Durst
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen
Review by Gayle Surrette
Margaret K. McElderry Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416986430
Date: 06 October 2009 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Cassandra has grown up at an Arctic research station with her father. She plans to follow in his footsteps and become a scientist. She's worked hard, learning from the other researchers and graduate students who've come to the station over the years. Studying polar bears, they tagged them to monitor their movements on and off the ice. Cassie remembers fondly her grandmother's stories about Cassie's mother being the daughter of the North Wind who'd made a deal with the Polar Bear King only to be torn from her child and husband by her angry father who blew her beyond the ends of the world to be captured by trolls. Of course, Cassie knew the story was just a fairy tale made to make her feel better about not having a mother -- that is until the bear she's been tracking began to act not at all like a bear and then disappears before her eyes. From official release/information:
Product Description: When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.
Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.
That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.
(Source: Margaret K. McElderry)