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The Snow Queen's Shadow by Jim C. Hines

July 25, 2011 - Amy Phelps
Jim C. Hines wraps up his series about Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty reimagined as kick butt "Charlie's Angel's"-like heroines in a fantasy world in "The Snow Queen's Shadow." In this story, the girls are still working for Queen Bea, but trouble befalls the ruler as she succumbs to injuries sustained from a previous adventure. Snow is determined to save her and casts a dangerous spell, one that breaks her magic mirror and sets something loose. First Danielle's (Cinderella) husband starts acting strange. Then Snow starts acting odd, including taking Danielle's young son, Jakob. What evil has Snow accidentally unleashed? Talia (Sleeping Beauty) is determined to save those she cares about - even if it is from themselves. When a strange young woman who looks a lot like snow appears and claims to be Snow's imagined-into-reality sister, Gerta, Talia doesn't know what to believe. But she could use all of the help she can get if she's to save her friend and the kingdom. This is fun, flirty fantasy with princesses who aren't waiting around for some prince to save them. And Talia's wrap up of her unrequited romance is satisfying. Overall, it's a good ending to an entertaining series and a nice farewell to the characters readers have enjoyed. "The Snow Queen's Shadow" is published by Daw. It is $7.99 and is 333 pages long.


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