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Author: Legrand, Claire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Year Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781442465985
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Winterspell

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Since her mother’s murder Clara has trained in secret with her Godfather Drosselmeyer in both combat and stealth hoping that one day she can use her skills to find out what happened to her mother and get revenge.  But when at her family’s annual Christmas ball Drosselmeyer sets loose an army of magical creatures and frees Prince Nicholas, who has been trapped as a statue for longer that Clara can remember, it appears that her training was for an entirely different purpose as faery warriors come crashing through the windows. When her father is kidnapped Nicholas, Clara, and Drosselmeyer must enter the land of Cane and make their way to the capital.  But Cane has changed since Nicholas was imprisoned ruled over by a half-breed queen named Anise who can manipulate the very ground they walk on and who lets sadistic faeres do as they please to the humans.  As the trio treks across the land towards the capital Clara uncovers a secret regarding her family’s past that shatters everything she thought she knew and before she can rescue her father she must learn to trust in herself.  As Marissa Meyer so accurately stated “this is definitely not your grandmother’s nutcracker” Legrand has taken the beloved story and turned it into a much darker, seductive steampunk adventure that touches on genocide, sexuality, and drug addiction.    Clara’s fierce desire to protect her family, her growing attraction to Nicholas, and her unexpected connection to Queen Anise along with the relentless pace and numerous battles all combine to make Winterspell an unbelievable page-turner that readers won’t be able to put down.  A fantasy fans must read.

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