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The Raven and the Reindeer

May 19, 2016

T. Kingfisher has once again reached into my hindbrain and pulled out the fairytale I always wanted. She twists and turns these stories that have lived in our bones and our blood and brings common sense, cranky animal sidekicks, and the inevitable power of plants into the mix to create something so much more than the sum of its parts. I also want to hang out with her heroines, which I can’t say for most fairy tales.

The Raven and the Reindeer is a retelling of The Snow Queen and it is delightful. From a Gerta with more sense than usual to Mousebones the sassy raven, I enjoyed every line. Even the ones that made me cry.
And don’t mistake that, she will make you cry. It’s something she’s good at, but it’s always a necessary pain. The story could not be this story without the tears it charges you.

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