The Snow Queen's Shadow (Princess Novels Series #4)

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When a spell gone wrong shatters Snow White's enchanted mirror, a demon escapes into the world. The demon's magic distorts the vision of all it touches, showing them only ugliness and hate. It is a power that turns even friends and lovers into mortal foes, one that will threaten humans and fairies alike.

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Overview

When a spell gone wrong shatters Snow White's enchanted mirror, a demon escapes into the world. The demon's magic distorts the vision of all it touches, showing them only ugliness and hate. It is a power that turns even friends and lovers into mortal foes, one that will threaten humans and fairies alike.

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Publishers Weekly
Hines brings his skillfully crafted Princess Series to a close with his fourth tale (after 2010's Red Hood's Revenge) of tough princesses, deceitful fairies, and dark magic. Snow White's story merges with the tale of the Snow Queen when her mother's magic mirror shatters, leaving demon-tainted Snow able to control people with slivers of worldview-twisting glass. She abandons her companions, Danielle (Cinderella) and Talia (Sleeping Beauty) and kidnaps Danielle's son after realizing his fairy blood protects him from her magic. Talia, Danielle, and Gerta, Snow's little sister, must stop Snow before she destroys the kingdom from which she was banished. Hines fills this volume with heart-wrenching emotional scenes as well as exciting fight sequences, and brings each heroine's story arc to a reasonable conclusion. There's plenty of room for readers to imagine further adventures, but the series feels satisfyingly complete. (July)
Library Journal
Trying to contact the dying Queen Beatrice, Snow White miscasts a spell, breaking her magic mirror and unleashing a demon into the world. As the demon sows discord among friends and lovers, Snow White herself falls victim to its plague of hatred. The latest addition to his Princess series (The Stepsister Scheme; The Mermaid's Madness; Red Hood's Revenge) turns the classic fairy tale inside out. VERDICT Action and adventure mixes with romance, which should please fans of traditional as well as revisionist versions of the works of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Charles Perrault.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406745
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Princess Novels Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 262,937
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He’s published more than forty short stories as well as numerous fantasy novels, including the humorous Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy, the Princess series, which re-imagines traditional fairy-tale princesses as butt-kicking action heroines, and the Magic Ex Libris series, about a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the use and control of book magic. In 2012, he won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife, two children, and an unstable number of pets. He can be found online at www.jimchines.com.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    A Brilliant Series Finale

    It's not often that I give anything in life 5 stars; this book deserves and surpasses the 5 star rating! The journeys of the characters I loved from book 1-3 do not disappoint. I was fully engaged. Breathlessly awaiting the consumption of each word. Mr. Hines brilliantly played my heart-strings and I thank him for it.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

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    an exciting story line

    Snow knows the risk she takes with a potentially dangerous spell, but obsessively feels the enchantment is worth trying in order to save her queen. However, instead of achieving her objective, her mom's magic mirror shatters. Worse a trapped demon escapes when the barrier containing the beast splintered into a seemingly zillion pieces.

    Snow quickly learns why the nasty demon was incarcerated as the evil one releases hate amidst the people who begin loathing one another. As hostilities grows and to make matters viler and complex, each piece of glass has become a lethal magical weapon while Snow is fractured too. Talia and Danielle team up to try to find a way to trap the demon, save Snow and prevent a magical calamity.

    The final Princess fairy tale saga (see The Stepsister Scheme, The Mermaid's Madness and Red Hood's Revenge) is a terrific ending to a strong turn of the Brothers Grimm even grimmer and somehow more charming series. The key to the ending is that Jim C. Hines ties up the overarching theme but does so inside an exciting story line as his three lead princesses have come a long way since discussing virginal sleeping beauties finding their Prince Charming at some inane ball.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    It did well wrapping up the story--not necessarily what was expe

    It did well wrapping up the story--not necessarily what was expected but in hindsight could not have imagined a better ending. A bit grim and longwinding in the middle in a way that definitely did make me think of the traditional Snow Queen folklore. Torn between 3 and 4 stars. True to the characters and the world building. Interesting twists on fairy bargains of course. The last, at least for now, book in this series per author blogs.

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