A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke | Book Review

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I gave this book a three out of five-star rating as, whilst I wasn't blown away by it, it wasn't a bad book either, a solid middle book. What I really liked about this was that the plot was really different from a lot of other fantasy books, focusing more on the magical elements and building on the culture, religion and general world of the island Skane. 

For those who don't know, A Shiver of Snow and Sky is about an island where the sky changes colour: green meaning that their Goddess is happy; blue as a warning for snow and a storm; and then red means a deadly plague about to be brought upon the inhabitants of Skane. When the sky once again turns red, Òsa goes on a quest to seek out the Goddess in hope to stop this plague from killing her neighbours and the people she loves. There are also some pretty evil, murdering monsters also trying to take over the island...

For me, I really like character-driven books as when a book has some really amazing characters who I connect with (*cough* Six of Crows *cough*), I fall completely in love it and cannot get enough of it, never wanting to stop reading about them. However, I feel that the character building just wasn't quite there with this book and not on the same level as the world building. Maybe it was because it wasn't a very long book as it was told from a dual perspective of Òsa and Ivar, I felt that I didn't get enough time to get to know that characters. There is no doubt about it, they are both strong and brave protagonist but there just wasn't much else to them.

It has to be said that the writing was beautiful, building vivid images of the world and what it would be like to live there. However, in some places, I found it to be too overly dramatic at points when it really wasn't necessary which in turn made the more dramatic points feel less exciting and the tension was lost. It did take me a while to get used to Lueddecke's writing, as it was quite a slow paced and took a whilst to get into the main action of the book. I believe this is her first book so I would be interested in seeing how she develops as a writer in her second book which I have heard she is working on. I am intrigued to read more of her work as I do want to see whether or not the characters become more three dimensional and how the world develops.

What are your thoughts on A Shiver of Snow and Sky?

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