In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find. Because Erkenwald is ruled by a cruel Ice Queen and you must stay hidden or risk becoming another of her prisoners.
Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey together in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.
This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world…
Sky Song is a middle-grade children’s book, which was selected as Waterstones’ Children’s Book of The Month, which is why I picked it up originally. The other reason I picked it up, unashamedly, was for it’s gorgeous cover! But I’m so glad I read this because honestly, it is one of the best children’s novels I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time.
Erkenwald is a polar, Icelandic setting which made me draw comparison to Philip Pullman’s “Northern Lights” trilogy. It is a land which was created by one of the seven ‘Sky Gods’, the North Star in the constellation of seven stars which form the Little Bear.
Our story begins with a fairy tale style prologue, in which the smallest star gets jealous and falls to earth in an attempt to claim the land for her own using dark magic. One day, after being frozen by the North Star for many years, she is awoken and thus begins her quest to gain immortality. To do so, she must claim all of the voices in the land.
I was enthralled by this beautiful story from it’s very beginning. What truly captivated me was the relationship between Eska and Flint. Although it didn’t start perfectly, like many friendships, the power that their caring for each other was undeniably special.
Not only is this a wonderfully formed, magical adventure story, at it’s core is a tale of courage, friendship, and finding a place where you belong.
I feel that it is so important to teach young children about being more accepting in today’s age, with people still being mistreated and denied equality due to their race, sexuality and gender.
In this book we see Eska rejected from the tribes simply because she looks and acts differently. However, her strength and Flint’s courage to defy the other’s opinions transmits such an important and incredibly positive message, that this is undeniably a book which all children, and to be quite honest, adults too, should read and take note from.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Children and adults alike should all read this.
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