Readers with a taste for fantasy and folklore will embrace Pattou’s (Hero’s Song) lushly rendered retelling of “East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Book Review: East by Edith Pattou. Posted on July 28, Title: East. Author: Edith Pattou. Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult. Publisher: Harcort. Rose is the youngest of seven children, meant to replace her dead sister. Maybe because of that, she’s never really fit in. She’s always felt.

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Also, no one ever seems to have given Edith that all important advice to “show and not tell. But first, in case you don’t know, “East of the Sun, West of pattoy Moon” is a wonderful fairy tale.

She evolved through her journey. Like Rose, the Troll Princess’ closest relationship seems to be with the male member of her family her father; her sin is not respecting him. View all 10 comments. May 26, Marquise rated it liked it Shelves: The pace, which should’ve been fast, at least, from the whiplash-style narration, went at a sluggish crawl, leaving me bored throughout. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Read it Forward Read it first.


Most of the voices are male. Her descriptions of Norwegian homesteading; the wildlife and harsh conditions of the Arctic and sailing its unrelenting seas, and the magic of the enchanted castle and ice palace were so vivid, I could picture everything clearly in my head.


I would highly recommend it. Malmo tells her that far far to the north is a land that is only accessible via an ice bridge. Best scene in story: Sep 07, Steph Su rated it it was amazing Shelves: She manages to remind Myk of who he is, as all the many months of being forced to drink Slank has made him docile and forgetful.

This novel is a retelling psttou “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” which is probably one of the most underappreciated fairy tales out there.

She is a graduate of the Francis W. Join the Insiders Club! Oct 12, Lacey Louwagie rated it it was ok Shelves: Also by Edith Pattou. All around I would recomend this book to anyone who loves a great adventure story.

Eeith and the Captain are the only ones left aboard and they navigate the ship to Njord. I would think I might get tired of rereading the same “story” retold but I don’t. When she gets to the Troll kingdom, Rose describes the other humans there with the troll word for human, soft skin.

Why does Rose trust him so much immediately? No Saints in Kansas.

East by Edith Pattou

Multiple first person POVs always throw me off. According to the birth-direction superstition held by Eugenia’s family, the direction a woman faces when giving birth will affect the child’s personality; each direction foretells a different personality, and Eugenia believes north is wild and uncontrollable. May 14, at 8: My first problem, my first nitpicking problem, is the names. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Read more Read less.


And at least it has polar bears She traveled miles on her own edih had to meet many strangers both good and bad but she never considered giving up on her quest. Serena Blasco and Nancy Springer. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Like Rose, the Troll Princess has an older woman as quasi helper. It seems like the women are more tools they are, basically, the helper figures of the fairy tale. Oct 25, Mike rated it did not like it Shelves: I really enjoyed how the characters evolved over the span of the book.

But the narration style and voice problems prevented me from enjoying it at all.

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Some of the magical and mythological elements of the original are removed, but the central enchantment surrounding the polar bear remains unchanged. At home, Rose sees that her older sister has become well again. Rose is a strong character and I loved how the story was carried through multiple characters.