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blood-red-snow-whiteBlood Red Snow White

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Publication Date: October 25th, 2016

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Synopsis: It is 1917, and the world is tearing itself to pieces in a dreadful war, but far

the east of the trenches, another battle is breaking out – the Russian
Revolution has just begun…
Blood Red, Snow White captures the mood of this huge moment in history
through the adventure of one man who was in the middle of it all; Arthur
Ransome, a young British journalist who had first run away to Russia to
collect fairy tales.
Told as three linked novellas, part one captures the days of revolution but
retells the story as Russian Fairy Tale, with typical humour and unashamed
brutality. Part two is a spy story, set over the course of one evening, as
Ransome faces up to his biggest challenge, and part three is a love story, full of tragedy and hope, as every good Russian love story should be.

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My Review

Blood Red Snow White is supposedly a fairy tale retelling, and while the story was captivating and good, I guess I just didn’t see the resemblance to the fairy tale it was supposed to be a retelling of.  Instead, it was more like historical fiction in my eyes.  I’m a huge lover of historical fiction, so I really liked this book – albeit a tad bit weird, but whatever, I’m weird and I like weird things, so this book was right up my alley.

I hadn’t read anything else by Marcus Sedgwick, so I can’t say that I have any of his other works to compare it to.  At first, with the lyrical storytelling, I did have a bit of trouble getting into the book, but as it went on, I found myself completely drawn into the story, the world building, and the characters.  The whole idea behind the book was interesting, and it wasn’t a deep read at all, but something that really stole the hours away from me while keeping me on edge and completely stuck on it.  It was enjoyable, not all that long, and the way that it was written made it highly enjoyable.

I don’t really think this book was all that young adult related…especially since in the beginning of the book the main character was in his twenties and getting married.  I would say that this might be for an older young adult audience, but definitely not for anyone under 14, at least in my opinion.

I do have a soft spot for historical fiction, and this book really made me glad that I picked it up and read it.  I’m definitely not a history buff, but I do have to say that while a lot of the events and characters do have factual events and occurrences going on, it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t know the real history behind some of the characters (although it will probably prompt you to read more about them, as it did me).

All in all, this was an enjoyable read, and one that I have to recommend to those who really like historical fiction.

Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author


Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and

illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The  Restless Dead, 2007) the form of “The Heart of Another” – inspired by Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Of his story, Sedgwick says, “This was one of those stories that I thought might be a novel originally but actually was much better suited to the tight form of the short story. I had the initial idea some years ago but was just waiting for the right ingredient to come along. Poe’s story, as well as his own fascination with technique, provided that final piece of the puzzle.” He used to play for two bands namely playing the drums for Garrett and as the guitarist in an ABBA tribute group. He has published novels such as Floodland (winner of the Branford Boase Award in 2001) and The Dark Horse (shortlisted for The Guardian Children’s Book Award 2002).

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2 Responses to Blog Tour: Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick – Review and Giveaway!

  1. Nikki says:

    Huh, is this actually focused on Arthur Ransome, the author of Swallows and Amazons? Interesting!
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  2. Penny Olson says:

    I haven’t read any of the other books. I’m excited about Blood Red, Snow White because it sounds so interesting and creative. Thanks for the giveaway!

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