Review of Rebecca Harrison, “The Five Snowflakes”, Luna Station Quarterly 24 (2015): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.
What an excellent, novel fairy tale this was, told in beautiful and imaginative language.
Katla, the daughter of the Snow King and Snow Queen, grew up in a life of magic and luxury, learning the stories of her past and dreaming up stories of her future when she would inherit the Arctic kingdom.
Until her little brother is born and displaces her as heir, and she is married off to the ruler of a southern kingdom. When heartbroken she leaves her frozen realm, she brings with her five snowflakes. As you’d expect with a proper fairy tale, these snowflakes contain within them all the power necessary for Katla to bring about her happy ending.