Snow-Eyes' absent mother returns as a servitor to the goddess Trost and calls her, against her will, to the same service....
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Like others here, I recently re-read this little novel after remembering having enjoyed it as a young person. I hoped that (unlike some awesomely bad 1980's films) it would still prove to be as captivating now. In many ways it was. The story is quite simple and almost sparse. Yet, the author has a true gift for lovely and memorable imagery. Only a few things bothered me. The first was when the protagonist first views the murals on the nidules that represent the Lake Mother. I thought the choices of color, and the phrases underneath, to be slightly ambiguous; I had hope that more on that would be explained later, but it wasn't.The other was that the ending seemed quite abrupt, and it felt like a few loose ends could've been tied up a little more pleasingly. (I actually had to go back and read the last few pages to remember exactly how it did end. Must not have been too memorable. Or perhaps I was very tired. :) )Overall, a book I highly recommend to a young or grown adult as an intriguing, smooth-reading novel.
Just reread this old favorite of mine. Snow-Eyes is the daughter of a carpenter and a demigoddess, more or less. What I love about this book is the combination of the down-to-earth and the mystical; the social structure of the Kields, the farming and carpentry and cooking and cleaning, the mythology and the hints at more, the focus on family and family frailties. The social structure is egalitarian, no gender roles assigned: nothing is made of this, it's just background. Another fantasy novel from the 80s where the dark-skinned protagonist is shown on the cover as a white woman.
I liked it even if it was dark and the story basically are about a girl who are abandon by her mother who disappoint her on one way after another in the whole story... first her mother, who Snow-eyes havn't meet before, returns to take her with her, from her family, against her will. Soon Snow-Eyes discover that her mother are "The Lake Mother" who is a lore-spun woman who guides the souls to Death and grants wishes... and she begin her training to be one of The Lake Womens servitudes...
I think I may have read this in middle school, so I grabbed it to find out. I will keep you posted.ETA: Yep, this is the one I remembered! Nice, slow moving for the first half of the book before sudden scene and pace change. Has a slightly sparse quality, in the style of LeGuin, although perhaps she just comes to mind because she's given a blurb on the cover. Definitely YA, but as such, not bad.
This book is about a little girl who is named Snow Eyes and her father always dresses his youngest child in black.Her eyes are as black as her clothes too. She always gets abused by her oldest sister and Snow Eyes tells her father but her father doesnt believe her.
Well. Of course I love it.
A childhood favorite. I must have read Snow Eyes a dozen times when I was 12. Good for some literary comfort food even now.