A city trapped in winter. Snow everywhere. A coldly beautiful queen with evil warriors to do her bidding. No - it's not the White Witch from Narnia, it is the Snow Queen. There is also a Marvelous Boy who was chosen by a protectorate of wizards from the east, west, and middle to find the One Other and deliver the sword that would stop the Snow Queen. And then there is Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, who does not believe in magic or wizards or misery birds. Yet there she is, mixed up in this untidy magical mess because her father is an expert on swords and has been hired to prepare an exhibition in the castle/museum where the Marvelous Boy is held prisoner. How can a girl still mourning her mother's death find the courage to help a boy she doesn't know? Why is her sister Alice becoming more cold and distant every day? Why does her father act so bemused by the museum's director, Miss Kaminski? Does magic really exist?
Fans of fantasy adventures like Narnia (C.S. Lewis), Leven Thumps (Obert Skye), The 100 Cupboards (N.D.Wilson), or the Gateway Chronicles (K.B.Hoyle) will be cheering Ophelia on as she tries to find her courage.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Publication is set for January 28, 2014.