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Ebook Details
  • 01/2015
  • 978-0-9872652-9-6
  • 272 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2020
  • 978-0-6485714-8-3
  • 272 pages
  • $13.95
Ruth Fox
Author
Across the Bridge of Ice
Ruth Fox, author

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Keira Leichman spent the night of the wild snowstorm that struck Cassidy Heights injured and alone. But what really happened that night? Not even Keira can be sure. What she does know is that she's been having strange dreams since the accident, and she's stuck with a broken ankle and the possibility of never playing soccer again. That is, until she finds Jake's telescope, and is drawn across the bridge of ice to Shar.
Reviews
Fox’s second novella in the YA trilogy The Bridges finds a plucky teenager tracking a vision through a magical telescope into a harsh and dangerous ice world. After 15-year-old Keira Leichman breaks her ankle during a bizarre blizzard in her desert town, she fears she’ll never play soccer again. She’s plagued by strange dreams, is turning pale, and is drawn to her friend Jake’s mysterious brass telescope—which pulls her across an ice bridge along with Jake’s 9-year-old brother, Daniel, into the parallel world of Shar. The Sharians, who have monitored Earth for millennia, are horrified by Earth’s climate devastation, war, and violence. In their beautifully described crystal city, Keira and Daniel are feared, medically examined, and imprisoned. She learns from Archon, who is half human and half Sharian, that Shar may be planning to invade Earth. Meanwhile, she’s developing a mysterious ability to use the Sharians’ magical powers.

Rather than delving deeply into character motivations and the social context of Shar, this story focuses on plot, which proceeds according to schedule. The premise of Shar is fascinating, and readers may wish there was more information about the city, its people, and its relationships with humans.

Readers will warm to the teenage spunk of energetic and tough Keira, who vows to find a way back to Earth with Daniel. Archon, too, is a complex character, doing his duty as a scientist but unable to ignore the cruelty and paranoia of the city’s leaders, the Guardians. Young readers will enjoy the enchanted ice city, handsome characters, and magical charms of this thrilling YA fantasy.

Takeaway: This magical adventure will satisfy YA fantasy readers who enjoy spunky heroines and fairytale charm.

Great for fans of: Robert J. Crane’s The Girl in the Box series, Skye Malone’s Awakened Fate series.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 01/2015
  • 978-0-9872652-9-6
  • 272 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2020
  • 978-0-6485714-8-3
  • 272 pages
  • $13.95

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