THE SNOW QUEEN
This Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms novel is a delightful fairy-tale revamp. Lackey ensures that familiar stories are turned on their ear with amusing results. Appealing characters faced with challenging circumstances keep the plot lively. You don't want to mess with godmothers!
Godmother Aleksia, aka the Snow Queen of the Palace of Ever-Winter, is doing her usual excellent
job managing the tradition and making sure that magic doesn't run amok. Then a disturbing mirror call from Godmother Elena alerts Aleksia that someone is masquerading as the Snow Queen and leaving death and destruction in her wake.
When Wise Woman Annukka and her soon-to-be daughter-in-law Kaari learn that something dreadful has happened to their beloved Veikko, they vow to rescue him from the clutches of the evil Snow Queen. What they don't expect is to run across the real Snow Queen on their journey. Whoever this fake queen is, she is powerful and dangerous, and it will take the combined magic and cunning of Aleksia, Annukka, Kaari and Veikko's mage mentors to find a way to right this wrong. (LUNA, Jun., 368 pp., $24.95)