Though lacking an overarching goal or conflict, The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory still remains an interesting read; cultural details and a series of smaller conflicts keep the reader turning pages. The author manages to create enough micro-tension to achieve this effectively.
This reissue of a 2003 release captures the hardship felt by both civilian and soldier during that bleak winter of 1777-1778. Perhaps this is the reason the book was not set within the soldier camp itself; portraying both parties experiences seems critical to the book. In addition, such a setting might overwhelm young readers with its horrors.
The cast of characters feels a bit unwieldy at moments, forcing the reader to pause and recollect whom the character is and if he is of importance. However, Abbys character is compassionate and thoughtful, an introspective young lady. On the whole, the book engages the reader and makes this remarkable period of history accessible and exciting.
Includes a historical note, illustrations and maps.