Today I am delighted to be hosting theft all day of the blog tour for The Snow Song by Sally Gardner
From the award-winning and best-selling Sally Gardner, whose books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, comes a heartbreaking novel for adults.
Women imprisoned by superstition, chained by guilt.
Perched on a mountain in a land of ancient forests is a village, rife with secrets. Cut off from the outside world it is run by the elders, men to whom tradition is all.
Edith lives alone with her alcoholic father who is forcing her to marry the village butcher. But she is in love with a shepherd who promised to return to her.
As the village becomes isolated in a sea of snow, Edith loses her power of speech. And it is this enchantment that will have far-reaching consequences, not only for Edith but for the whole village.
This was one of the most spellbinding novels I have ever read. I am in complete awe of Sally Gardner and her astonishingly beautiful writing. Read it, I beg of you.
It was the sound of his violin that first cast a spell on Edith.’The Snow Song by Sally Gardner.
This is how it begins, with a hint of magic and a young girl falling in love. Edith has grown up surrounded by secrets and superstitions. A desire burns inside her for adventure and love. Then Demetrius enters her life and for the first time she sees exactly what she wants and a chance to escape from the confines of her small life with a drunken father.
With Demetrius, there was a chance to start again with a clean piece of cloth on which a different future could be embroidered. ‘The Snow Song by Sally Gardner.
But in the shadows of this story is the butcher. He has a hold over the people of Edith’s village. With an iron fist he controls with fear. His power and wealth unrivalled and he is a man who is used to getting exactly what he wants. And what he wants is Edith.
I read this wonderful story in one day. I was captivated from that very first line. The story held me under it’s spell. Edith is the most stunning creation. Such heart, such courage and I just had to read on to see if there was a happy ending somewhere for her. There is something of the fable about this story. It feels like a tale passed down from generation to generation. A story of a love that never dies. A story of hope, fear and the hold that superstitions can have over people. It is also a story of those who misuse their power, and reminds us that a monster can hold many forms. But ultimately it is a story about courage. The courage to stand up to those who seek to bring you to your knees, to destroy and to leave you lost without a voice. Yet, as Edith discovers, silence can hold the greater power.
This is without doubt, one of my books of the year.
Thank you so much to the lovely team at HQ Stories for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for providing a digital copy via Netgalley. This is just too beautiful to stay on a device though so I shall be treating myself to a hardback copy for my forever shelves.
To find links to order a copy of this stunning novel head over to the publisher website here for more information.
About the author
Sally Gardner is a multi-award winning children’s novelist who has sold more than two and a half million books worldwide and been translated into 22 different languages. This is her third adult novel.
To find out more why not take a peek at her website here.