Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Review: Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Once upon a time there was a man who lived in the woods with his two grandchildren. Every night he would tell them stories, and even though they had very little they were all very happy and loved.

Once upon a time there was a king who loved his family so much he shut out the rest of his kingdom. He didn't know what to do, and when the people revolted he knew he was right. So he stayed in his castle, with his family.

Once there was a man who went to Russia to tell stories. He would send the news back to England where his family was, but he was neither of there or here. Then the war broke out. He fell in love, with both a woman from Russia, and the country Russia. But where did he belong, if not there or here?

Blood Red Snow White is not your typical fairy tale retelling. It is the story of Arthur Ransom, an author, potential spy, and a man living at the cusp of history in Russia during the Bolshevik rebellion. His involvement with both England, and Russia is questionable at most, and most of history points to him playing for both sides.

Marcus Sedgwick masterfully weaves fact and fiction, fairy tale and real life into a story that will have you reaching for history books, as well as a copy of Old Peter's Russian Tales to see what he wrote. Blood Red Snow White is not your typical fairy tale, historical fiction or non-fiction book, but a bit of all three.

I'll see you @ the library!

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