Genre: Contemporary / Fantasy
First Impression: Seasonal.
Synopsis: Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this.
On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls and wolves prowl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets.
200words (or less) review: The Wolf Princess is the perfect winter read. There is plenty of snow and a little magic.
Cathryn Constable has struck a good balance between background story and Sophie starting her adventure. Sophie, as well as her friends, a fully-formed characters although Marianne and Delphine have a tendency to disappear when convenient.
Sophie is sweet, she is also incredibly trusting and at times a bit slow on the uptake. The reader will figure things out a long time before Sophie manages. On occasion this did grate me little but Sophie won me back every time. I liked the Russia, the castle and characters the girls come across on their adventure. The trip to the under-castle was one of my favourite moments.
The Wolf Princess reminds me little of A Little Princess, which is a story I adore.
If you’re after fairytale in the snow I can’t think of a better book.