Shadow and the snow queen
The Snow Queens Shadow (Princess, #4) by Jim C. HinesA broken mirror. A stolen child. A final mission to try to stop an enemy they never dreamed they would face.
When a spell gone wrong shatters Snow Whites enchanted mirror, a demon escapes into the world. The demons magic distorts the vision of all it touches, showing them only ugliness and hate. It is a power that turns even friends and lovers into mortal foes, one that will threaten humans and fairies alike.
And the first to fall under the demons power is the princess, Snow White...
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Like all the most terrifying nursery monsters , the Snow Queen herself begins as an idea, becomes a shadow and eventually looms into life — in this case, as a monstrous outsize puppet with piercing zephyr-blue eyes. This is probably not one for the younger members of the family. The design really comes into its own in the chilling scene in which the goblin Dr Boffin experiments in a lab where the children are deep-frozen in ice. Kai is singled out by the village bullies because he is friends with a girl and prefers dance to football, Gerda has to learn to overcome her fears, and there is a neat little nod to the idea that the relationship between Gerda and the Little Robber Girl might blossom into something more grown up. But first, Gerda has to defeat the Snow Queen, who is determined to secure the big fat heart of Kai, so full of affection and friendship, and transform his love into the hate on which she gorges.
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He makes clear in a direct address to the reader that he sees it as the close to the series, though like any clever writer he leaves himself some wiggle room. In this perhaps final chapter, Snow White becomes the titular Snow Queen when her most important and potent magic mirror — the one made by her mother — accidentally shatters during a powerful spell. The effect on Snow is profound and immediate. A vengeance she is more than capable of as she grows daily more powerful. The question, though, is not simply whether they can save the boy or stop Snow, but whether they can do it without killing her. Action is smoothly balanced throughout, with quieter scenes interspersed as breathing spaces between the action-packed fight scenes.
OU must attend to the commencement of this story, for when we get to the end we shall know more than we do now about a very wicked hobgoblin; he was one of the very worst, for he was a real demon. One day, when he was in a merry mood, he made a looking-glass which had the power of making everything good or beautiful that was reflected in it almost shrink to nothing, while everything that was worthless and bad looked increased in size and worse than ever. The most lovely landscapes appeared like boiled spinach, and the people became hideous, and looked as if they stood on their heads and had no bodies. Their countenances were so distorted that no one could recognize them, and even one freckle on the face appeared to spread over the whole of the nose and mouth. The demon said this was very amusing. When a good or pious thought passed through the mind of any one it was misrepresented in the glass; and then how the demon laughed at his cunning invention.
The tale was first published 21 December in New Fairy Tales. First Volume. Second Collection. Danish : Nye Eventyr. Anden Samling. The story is one of Andersen's longest and most highly acclaimed stories.