The North Child by Edith Pattou

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RATING: 4.5/5

BLURB: “Superstition says that children born facing North will travel far from home, and Rose’s mother is terrified that Rose, a North child, will face a lonely, icy death if she follows her destiny. But Rose is unaware of this, so when an enormous white bear appears and wants to take her away she agrees to his bargain. Rose travels on the bear’s back to a mysterious castle where a silent stranger appears to her night after night. Overwhelmed by curiosity, Rose does something that has terrible consequences. Now she must embark on an epic journey to save the one she loves and fulfill her true destiny.

REVIEW: This is a book I loved when I was younger, perhaps in my early teenage years, and I have often re-read it over the years when I felt the need for something safe and familiar to amuse myself with. This is a brilliant tale of adventure, love and destiny which clearly takes inspiration from ‘The Beauty and the Beast’, but is very much able to stand alone as well. The character of wild, stubborn and curious Rose is one we all instantly warm too, and the use of various points of view throughout the story allow for a broad exploration of events, leaving the reader much more satisfied at the end of the tale. Rose’s relationship with the white bear progresses both beautifully and realistically, and the fact that she does not truly realise her feelings for him until she loses him is truly heartbreaking for the reader. Rose’s journey to find the White Bear and rescue him from the Troll Queen who turned him from a handsome Prince into a giant beast has many twists and turns and introduces fascinating characters and perils that continue to grip and fascinate the reader, whether they be a child or an adult. This is the perfect escapist read, full of a fantasy and adventure that will have you longing to do some travelling of your own!

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