Synopses & Reviews
Rose has always felt out of place in her family, a wanderer in a bunch of homebodies. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with him in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family she readily agrees. The bear takes Rose to a distant castle, where each night she is confronted with a mystery. In solving that mystery, she loses her heart, discovers her purpose, and realizes her travels have only just begun.
As familiar and moving as Beauty and the Beast and yet as fresh and original as only the best fantasy can be, East is a novel retelling of the classic tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," a sweeping romantic epic in the tradition of Robin McKinley and Gail Carson Levine.
"[A] rich tapestry that will resonate with readers of books such as Robin McKinley's renderings of Beauty and the Beast....[T]he stuff of epic tale telling, replete with high drama and compelling characterizations." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Pattou's writing pitches readers gracefully between myth and fantasy, inviting those unaccustomed to either genre to explore the frozen world of questing that she has so vividly created." School Library Journal
"Readers with a taste for fantasy and folklore will embrace Pattou's lushly rendered retelling....Handsomely evoking a landscape filled with castles, trolls, shamans and spellbound princes, the story will exercise its audience's imagination." Publishers Weekly
"Rose is a sturdy character inside and out...and the pace does pick up in the second half but only fitfully does this achieve the intensity of feeling or vividness of setting that drives the best of the recent flurry of retold romances." Kirkus Reviews
"The story itself is gripping, endlessly so....Pattou certainly has made a successful fantasy out of a simple fairy tale: each character has a fleshed-out personality and the details of such work as map making and sailing ships among the icebergs come to life as she describes them." KLIATT
"Related in the alternating point of views of Rose, her father and brother, the Troll Queen, and white bear, this fantasy adventure deserves kudos for creating memorable characters, and soaring beyond the traditional fairy tale." Children's Literature
"Weaves the essentials of the children's fairy tale 'East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon' into a rich tapestry that will resonate with readers . . . the stuff of epic tale telling."--Booklist
"Compelling . . . Pattou's writing pitches readers gracefully between myth and fantasy, inviting those unaccustomed to either genre to explore the frozen world of questing that she has so vividly created."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"A rich tapestry that will resonate with readers . . . . epic tale telling." (starred review) Booklist
A young woman goes to the ends of the earth — and beyond — to rescue the man she loves in this sweeping epic that was named an ALA Notable Book and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Includes a reader's guide and author interview.
About the Author
Edith Pattou is the author of two novels to date in the Songs of Eirren series: Hero's Song and Fire Arrow, a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year, as well as Mrs. Spitzer's Garden, a picture book illustrated by Tricia Tusa. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.