The Snow Queen's Shadow (Princess Novels Series #4)

The Snow Queen's Shadow (Princess Novels Series #4)

by Jim C. Hines

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Overview

When a spell gone wrong shatters Snow White's enchanted mirror, a demon escapes into the world. The demon's magic distorts the vision of all it touches, showing them only ugliness and hate. It is a power that turns even friends and lovers into mortal foes, one that will threaten humans and fairies alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756406745
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Princess Novels Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 466,407
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He’s published more than forty short stories as well as numerous fantasy novels, including the humorous Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy, the Princess series, which re-imagines traditional fairy-tale princesses as butt-kicking action heroines, and the Magic Ex Libris series, about a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the use and control of book magic. In 2012, he won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife, two children, and an unstable number of pets. He can be found online at www.jimchines.com.

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The Snow Queen's Shadow (Princess Novels Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Snow knows the risk she takes with a potentially dangerous spell, but obsessively feels the enchantment is worth trying in order to save her queen. However, instead of achieving her objective, her mom's magic mirror shatters. Worse a trapped demon escapes when the barrier containing the beast splintered into a seemingly zillion pieces. Snow quickly learns why the nasty demon was incarcerated as the evil one releases hate amidst the people who begin loathing one another. As hostilities grows and to make matters viler and complex, each piece of glass has become a lethal magical weapon while Snow is fractured too. Talia and Danielle team up to try to find a way to trap the demon, save Snow and prevent a magical calamity. The final Princess fairy tale saga (see The Stepsister Scheme, The Mermaid's Madness and Red Hood's Revenge) is a terrific ending to a strong turn of the Brothers Grimm even grimmer and somehow more charming series. The key to the ending is that Jim C. Hines ties up the overarching theme but does so inside an exciting story line as his three lead princesses have come a long way since discussing virginal sleeping beauties finding their Prince Charming at some inane ball. Harriet Klausner
Kalenedral More than 1 year ago
It's not often that I give anything in life 5 stars; this book deserves and surpasses the 5 star rating! The journeys of the characters I loved from book 1-3 do not disappoint. I was fully engaged. Breathlessly awaiting the consumption of each word. Mr. Hines brilliantly played my heart-strings and I thank him for it.
moonlitshadow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Snow Queen's Shadow is the fourth and final book in Jim C Hines' "Princess" series, and what a fitting end it is. The book chronicles the journey through the darkness as one of the mirrors Snow White inherited from her mother shatters, releasing a demon into the world. Through the struggles against the demon's power, Snow split her soul into two pieces to help her friends stop the demon that took hold inside her. Danielle (Cinderella) and Talia (Sleeping Beauty chase the demon across several continents, and finally end up in an epic battle to save not only Snow, but to save the heir to the throne: Danielle's son, who the demon kidnapped.This book brought the series to a fitting end, though the series could still continue if Hines wanted to further the adventures of Danielle or Talia. I waited (very impatiently) for the release of this book, and my (im)patience was rewarded with this the newest gem in Hines' crown. Following this new take on the stories of the princesses, as well as the other fairy tales that Hines wove skillfully into this plot has been a joy, and I will definitely be re-reading this whole series (as well as happily enjoying his other works).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who knew that a more Adult twist on trading fairy tells would be so entertaining? Loved them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reviewed the first book in Jim C. Hines’s Princess series a few months ago, so it seems fitting to review the last book too. Considering Hines spends the whole series turning known fairy tales on their heads, I wasn’t expecting a tidy happily-ever-after from “The Snow Queen’s Shadow.” This retelling of the snow queen legend is WAY darker than “Frozen.” :-) Instead of preserving the princess trio, Danielle and Talia find themselves battling Snow herself when a demon escapes her mother’s mirror and ensnares her with shards of broken glass. When the glass pierces its victims, all they can see is ugliness and hatred. Though the characters–and by default, the reader–learn early on how demon possession distorts a person’s worldview, it’s still hard to differentiate between Snow and the demon. The demon has her appearance, her mannerisms, and all the insider knowledge of a friend, but everything is tainted by its other-worldly evil. When the villain is an inherently good person whom the other characters know and love, the threat feels much more real. One of the reasons the stakes seem so much higher in ‘Snow Queen’ is that the possibility of danger reaches every single one of the characters. Nobody is safe and everything we know about the world is at risk. The rest of the series is peppered with minor victories or advances before the bad guy is finally defeated, but Danielle, Talia, and a new ally are thwarted almost constantly here. I expected a bittersweet finish, but Hines kept me guessing at whether he’d included any ‘sweet’ in the climax at all. Once I got past the initial mix of anticipation and dread, I flew through “The Snow Queen’s Shadow.” Whether you’re entirely happy with the ending or not, I thought Hines wrapped up the story’s loose ends as neatly as possible–while leaving plenty of room for more adventures.
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cer-2 More than 1 year ago
It did well wrapping up the story--not necessarily what was expected but in hindsight could not have imagined a better ending. A bit grim and longwinding in the middle in a way that definitely did make me think of the traditional Snow Queen folklore. Torn between 3 and 4 stars. True to the characters and the world building. Interesting twists on fairy bargains of course. The last, at least for now, book in this series per author blogs.
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