Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone January Book of the Month

As a lover of books I don't tend to separate them into children's or adults books because I think that in reality any book can be read by any person. Whether filled with pictures or thousands of words, a story is written for all to read.

The last book that I read in 2019 came from author Abi Elphinstone - someone who many would see as writing kids literature but I'm here to tell you that they are highly accessible to adults too.

I first came across this author when I was gifted a copy of her debut book, The Dreamsnatcher. Back then I described that story as magical and she has managed to keep the magic alive in each and every one of her novels that have been released since.

Sky Song is a tale that was on my TBR list for quite some time so I was rather pleased when I received it from my husband at Christmas.

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In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find. Because Erkenwald is ruled by a cruel Ice Queen and you must stay hidden or risk becoming another of her prisoners.  

Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey together in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.

Pure magic.


That is how I'd describe this tale. From the front cover and the beautifully illustrated map inside to the folklore way of writing that the prologue introduces the reader to.

I adore Abi's writing style. So much description yet simple to read. It's presented in a way that flows off of the tongue.

Poetic.

The premise

Sky Song is essentially about defeating the dreaded Ice Queen who seems to be searching for immortality, or so the blurb would you have you believe.

What you get when you turn the pages is so much more than that.

This is a story about hope, about courage and about belonging.

Eska and Flint

Two children, who at the beginning of the book are complete strangers, embark on a journey to save not only themselves but their friends and family from the evil Ice Queen.

Both characters are brave, thoughtful and inspiring.

As their adventure progresses and their friendship grows they learn so much. About themselves, about their surroundings and about the history that had a hand in making them who they are today.

Sky Gods

Do they really exist?

As much as all the legends point to them being real, many now believe them to be tales from the olden days (just like the magic that they claim not to exist) and this is what's fuelling the Ice Queen because she knows more than she cares to tell.

Those who keep an open mind know that there is deeper meaning to those legends.

The question they should be asking is how can we help.

Fantasy at its best

That is how I would describe Sky Song.

Inventors and warriors, wanderers and forgotten faces, this is a world of make believe that you wish were real.

I'd describe as the modern day Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

A must read.

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