Princess Novels, Book 4
Jim C. Hines
Daw Books Inc.
July 5, 2011/ ISBN 0756406749
by Carmen Ferreiro
The Snow Queen's Shadow is the fourth and final book in
C. Hines' Princess Novels, a series its author describes as
"Sort of a Brothers Grimm meets Last Action Hero."
As The Snow Queen's Shadow begins Snow (Snow White) and
Talia (Sleeping Beauty) are living with Danielle (Cinderella) who
is happily married to her prince and has a son, Jacob. Why they
are there, we are told in bits and pieces as needed, so if, like
me, you haven't read the previous books, you can follow this one
Apparently Snow and Talia's stories did not go as the traditional
Tales have led us to believe, and they are both in exile. Snow has
magic and Talia is a ninja warrior and they are fast friends, and
would be more if Talia had her wish. But, then, the queen dies and
when Snow tries to save her spirit, something goes terribly wrong
and her magic mirror shatters releasing the demon Snow's evil mother
had imprisoned inside. Possessed by the demon, Snow kidnaps Jacob
and returns to her original kingdom intent on revenge. Behind she
leaves a piece of herself trapped in the body of the sister her
imagination created as a child.
Talia and Danielle team with this mysterious sister to track Snow
down in a race against time to save Jacob and the world from Snow's
evil schemes, and maybe even save Snow herself if the demon doesn't
destroy her soul first.
The Snow Queen's Shadow is action packed and I liked its
many clever references to the traditional Fairy Tales, and the fact
that its heroines are a feminist alternative to the passive protagonists