Hello! Today I bring you my review of A Shiver of Snow and Sky. First I want to say, isn’t it a beautiful book? I’m so in love with this cover and I can only hope one day when I get published that I get a cover as beautiful as this. I was sent A Shiver of Snow and Sky by the publisher for an honest review.
This book is Lisa’s debut and it’s so beautifully written! The language is lovely and the world-building is so interesting. I was quite disappointing that there wasn’t much focus on the plague as that’s one of the reasons I was looking forward to this book. I’m a bit virus obsessed and was interested to see what the plague would be. Alas, it didn’t feature.
The pacing was rather sporadic and slow for me and I actually left the book for a while and didn’t get back to it for a few weeks, which impacted my enjoyment of it. It feels like it’s going fast then drops off quite quickly until the end.
I loved the Nordic setting as it’s not something I’ve seen that regularly, and the backstory of the culture there was fascinating.
The structure of the book was interesting. It switched from Ósa’s POV to Ivan’s. All of Ósa’s bits were in 1st person and Ivar’s in 3rd, which was an interesting way to do it and not something I’ve seen done that often.
I found it difficult to relate to Ósa’s Father and Sister’s feelings towards her. I don’t want to give too much away so I won’t go into too much detail, but it feels like anyone would understand that she was not to blame.
I also found it hard to believe that everyone would be completely on board with Ósa just going off on her own to ‘save the day’.
The characters developed throughout the novel which I enjoyed, I just didn’t feel very invested in Ivar’s side of things.
Overall I enjoyed this book but there were a few bits which meant it missed the top spot for me, so I’ve given it a 3.5/4 stars! Have you read it? Let me know what you think!