Summary (from Amazon.co.uk): Malva is the princess of Galnicia, destined to marry the Prince of Andemark. Or so her parents think. On the eve of her wedding, she escapes at dead of night from under her parents' noses, little realising that she is letting herself in for a life of peril and adventure, including being shipwrecked in a huge storm and captured as part of a harem. Hugely visual, the book tells of the wonder of frozen steppes and oriental palaces, of sailing ships and treasure islands. This is a book of drama, magic and excitement, where challenges have to be overcome, friendships cemented and hearts broken.
Review: I want to say soooooo much about this book. But I need to review it in a calm, book-bloggery sort of way and not in an Oh my God this is the best book ever amazing amazing amazing *screams like a tween JLS fangirl* sort of way, which is what I'd like to do. I need to explain why I love it so much.
First things first: well, is there a first things first? Until I get my brain in order, which is too busy reeling at its amazingness even though I've read it three times in three years, I'll say, um...the cover is nice.
The plot itself is perfect in every way. People on writing courses should study this book. It has a beginning, a middle and an ending, it's perfectly paced, the translation is excellent, and it's always, always exciting. It's one of those books that gets slightly damp pages because your palms are sweating so much. You grip it so tightly you think the spine will make a weird cracking noise and break slightly.
My friend Sophie's copy got slightly mauled by her dog. He probably loved it so much he decided to eat it. It's certainly wonderful enough to eat. But alas she didn't actually get much of a chance to read it because her dog ripped it apart. Too bad.
The characters too are wonderful. Malva herself is a fiesty, brave heroine you always find yourself rooting for.
The only thing that annoys me about this book is the ending . WHY, GOD, WHY??? I won't say anything else because I want the reader to read the book . Even if it means that they end up screaming and throwing the book against the wall.. Most of the reviews on Goodreads knock two or three stars off for the ending. They knock aforementioned two or three stars off because, well, it's so heartbreaking. It's exactly what you don't want to happen to Malva for her to find true happiness. But, well, I guess it stops the ending being too fairy-tale ish and perfect. But, still. *mourns it anyway*.
Summary: well, how can I summarise? In three words: (in my opinion) Best Book Ever. It is an epic novel full of wonderfullness on every single page.
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