Author: Jessica Day George.
Published: January 8th 2008.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's.
-Princess 1: Princess of the midnight ball.
-Princess 2: Princess of Glass.
Blessed—or cursed—with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servants. Only a gruelling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess.
The lass, also called ‘Pika’, never got a name. Her mother was mad that she gave birth to yet another daughter, because she can’t help to provide more money. When she saves a special reindeer, she is gifted with a name and the ability to understand animals. An enchanted isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out and he offers her a deal: if she stays a whole year with him in his castle, he will make sure that her family will become rich. The lass accepts, but she isn’t planning to take everything for granted. She wants to find out more and that is how she starts to unravel his secret. When she accidently betrays him, her isbjorn is swept away to the troll princess whom he is forced to marry now. The lass decides to save him, but that isn’t going to be easy.
The magical, enchanting feeling was the first thing that made me fall in love. Jessica has a great writing-style for this genre. The way she describes the setting is flawless.
The lass grew up without a name, which is dangerous in a place where trolls come out to steal your kids. Her father is a loving man, the same for her brother Hans Peter. I didn’t like her mother; she is greedy and unsatisfied with everything. The lass has a great bond with her brother and I loved her loyalty towards him. While she is trying to save her isbjorn, she is also trying to make Hans happy again. What I liked the most about her are her flaws. She makes some understandable, stupid mistakes. It is in the human nature to be curious, but it was great that she is determined to make her mistakes right. The romance gets just enough time to be no insta-love.
This book is the example of a story where everything feels right and Jessica proves again that she knows how to write.