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Rose, brave and beautiful is a ‘North Child’, which means she is meant to wander and explore lands that are farther away from home. But a mother’s love is a complicated thing and Rose’s mother would give away anything to keep her birth direction a secret.
Rose has a penchant for outdoorsy adventures, and would only stay at home if she gets to weave. But Rose’s destiny is greater than weaving fine clothes or exploring the lands outside her home. She is meant to break a curse surrounding a giant white bear who is compassionate and trapped in an evil scheme by a devilish princess. And for that, Rose has to sail through turbulent seas with drunk men and climb mountains with people she barely trusts.
‘North Child’ is an extraordinary tale of one child’s destiny and a curse that meddles with the rules governing the relationship between the ‘Huldre Land’ invisible to human eyes and the human realm. Rose’s adventures aren’t always the safest. The description of every land Rose travels to is picturesque and elaborate. I had a great time reading about the myths of Norway (Since it is a retelling of a popular Norwegian fairy tale), map making, all about ships and sailing as well as a lot of different languages in the Arctic. The author’s habit of elaborating things also made this informative and fun.
North Child doesn’t read like a middle grade because of all the tiny details the author includes. The writing is elaborate and exciting, simultaneously maintaining the suspense. If only the ending didn’t feel rushed. But, on the brighter side, this book is fun and adventurous and an inventive take on a popular fairytale. It satiated my need for dark and mysterious tales with a lot of secrets, scaling snow-capped mountains, living in an enchanted cave and a twisted curse that takes me to troubled places.
I have never heard the fairytale North child is based on, though it seems familiar so I can't judge it on a retelling. But on a story in it's own rights it is an enjoyable one. I liked how it has many viewpoints and shifts between the plots that all tie together in the end of the book. The chapters were pretty short so you feel like you're flying through the book. The family felt realistic, the distance between Rose and her mother was written beautifully, they have a strained relationship but you can feel the love Rose has for her family. For me this book transported me right back to my childhood and reading similar fairytale and adventure quest style stories.
There are some familiar tropes here: a prince entrapped in an animals' body, the hero - heroine in this case - having to go on a long journey, beauty having to return to the palace, a weaken and drugged male being held imprisoned by an icy queen. The book is long but the story told through short chapters. Each short chapter is form the point of view of either Rose, her father, Neddy her brother the Troll Queen or the Whiter Bear. They are all believable and rounded characters and we can feel some empathy with all of them .
I’ve read North Child a few times, first as a child and later as an adult. It never loses its magic for me. A truly epic novel. Rose’s love for her White Bear is proved through her actions, not her words. One of the best novels for older children and teenagers alike. Holds the same appeal for me at 21 as it did when I was browsing the YA section in my local library years ago. A must read for many reasons, it will never disappoint you. Something to return to time and time again.
I bought this book for myself and I loved it! It’s a beautiful story, a fairytale of a young girl on an impossible journey to find her soulmate. This book is a keeper, one that will be read over and over again.
North Child tells a beautiful story of how a family struggles to stay together in the face of adversity. This hugely enjoyable story tells us how Rose, the fiesty central character of the book, deals with her forced independence, and her struggle between family loyalty and the thirst for adventure.We encounter trolls, bears, superstition and magic which is woven in and out of the story of each character. This drives the story on to a thrilling climax. I read this to my seven year old daughter each night and she loved it.
I read this when I was younger and loved it so much that I wanted to read it again. It's a great read and an enjoyable story. North Child is a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and the author does it well but the characters could have been a little better developed.
I ordered this book from a recommendation by a friend and was absolutely spellbound. I would pick it up and read it whenever I got a moment, as it has such a wonderful pace and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I wasn't familiar with the old folk tale that it was based on but I absolutely loved the story. Despite its length(over 500 pages), it's an easy read, flowing perfectly from one section of the story to the next and the descriptions are so wonderful, that I felt as if I was travelling along with Rose through all those snowy landscapes! I think children and adults alike would love this book.