Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Snow Child

Book Review of THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey by Teri Harman, @TeriHarman


Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow.

The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.


I fell in love with this book. The story is mystical, enchanting and perfectly plotted. The writing is gorgeous, intoxicating and emotional. From the first pages, all the way to the perfect ending, I was lost in a blissful world of snow and magic.

It is a book that begs to be read in the winter time with its rich descriptions of the Alaska woods. I was lucky enough to finish the book at a time when I was all alone in my house, tucked under a heavy blanket with snow swirling outside the windows. It was a perfect reading moment and I’ll admit to a few tears at the last words. This book touches you, leaves behind a tiny imprint, a snowflake on your mind and heart.

THE SNOW CHILD earns a place on my favorite reads list. Truly an amazing read!

Content note: Clean

Have you read it? What did you think? 

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

  1. My outstanding read for 2012 definitely, she writes like no other know, it is so captivating and honest.

    I just read this week that her next book has been signed up by Tinder Press and has the title Shadows on the Wolverine but no publication date yet. I am so happy to know there is another book on it’s way. I hope she has many, many more stories to tell.

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