My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 28th 2014
Publisher: Tor Books
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Short Story, Fantasy, Love, Mythology
Ignore the stirrings of war. Let the carriage to a royal ball wait. There is a story to be told: of a starless night, a mother and her sick son, and a mortal who falls in love with the snow god, and will do anything to have her…
It’s crazy. So I’ve read both The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime and Arin never warmed up to me. To be honest, I partially disapproved of him… until reading this little gem of a short story. It’s not as if I were oblivious to his softer side; I just never paused to acknowledge it and, let’s face it, scenes with him showing empathy for Kestrel weren’t that abundant. His prince-like and smug personality constantly put me off.
BUT, seeing Arin as a little boy changed something inside of me… melted my heart to a fair degree. I can’t believe such a short story could have this kind of effect on me.