The Ice Maiden (Hardcover) by Sara Sheridan

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List Price: £20.99

Hardcover: 256 Pages.

Published: 31 July 2018 by Severn House Publishers Ltd

Edition: First World Publication ed.

ISBN: 072788820X

EAN: 9780727888204

Review by Debra Found

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A Book of Two Halves

This is a book of two halves. In the first section of the book (not strictly a half by quantity) we meet Karina. Her husband has died at sea & she is starving on remote Desolation Island. She stows away on a ship thinking it will take her towards her sister in Amsterdam. When Karina is discovered & put to work in the galley she finds that the ship is not quite going where she thought.

In the second half of the book we meet Shackleton and Scott on theirĀ  expedition to the Antarctic. We follow the ship & the men as they make discoveries and excursions on their exploration. There is a paranormal leaning to this book as Karina plays a part in this section of the story in an unusual manner.

When I say a book of two halves I meant it in terms of my enjoyment as much as the different sections of the story. I really enjoyed the first section on board ship. The descriptions of their way of life & discoveries when they get to the edge of the antarctic are interesting. The plot is good with great characters and a romantic sub-plot. This was well written and obviously well researched and flowed well.

The second section of the book I found dull and relatively uninteresting. Karina turns into a not particularly nice character and I found it hard to have any thought or care for her. The day to day movements of the explorers got quite turgid and I totally lost interest. It wasn't the paranormal aspect which bored me but rather the fact that the book stalled on several occasions for chapters at a time and just was not going anywhere nor particularly interesting.

I think it was brave of the author to put a paranormal aspect like this into a historical novel. It could have worked but didn't. There was obviously a lot of detail concerning the explorers and Scott's expedition which should have interested me but the focus seemed to lie in the dull minutae of day to day life. I would certainly try reading another book by this author. It is obvious from the first section that they can write an interesting book and I would be happy to give them a second chance.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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