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The Snow Queen's Shadow
Princess Novels, Book 4
Jim C. Hines

Daw Books Inc.
July 5, 2011/ ISBN 0756406749

Reviewed by Carmen Ferreiro

The Snow Queen's Shadow is the fourth and final book in Jim 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 without problem.

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 of old.

Reviewer Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban is the author of a YA fantasy Two Moon Princess and four nonfiction titles.
Reviewed 2011
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