Book Review: “The Frozen Rainbow” by Astrid Foss

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Cover of "The Frozen Rainbow" by Astrid Foss
Cover of “The Frozen Rainbow” by Astrid Foss

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reading “The Frozen Rainbow” by Astrid Foss! This is the third book in the Snow Sisters series by this author. I enjoyed reading the first two books so much that I had to pick up the next book (with plans to read and review the fourth and final book). Here’s a quick summary so we know what it is all about:

“The Snow Sisters’ magic is growing stronger, but every day the Shadow Witch grows stronger too. It’s a race against time to reach the mysterious Rainbow Pools and the light orb that is hidden there. But the Shadow Witch is one step ahead of them! Faced with steaming geysers, can the girls reach the purple Everchanging Light before it’s too late?”

Plot Development: 5 out of 5 stars

The entire story was really fun to read. The girls have to deal with worsening circumstances (the aunt actively goes after them, their lives are literally threatened more compared to the previous two books, etc.) and yet, they persevered. I really enjoyed reading the adventures involved in trying to find the purple orb/Everchanging Light the most in this book, out of all the attempts to get the Lights. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but considering that the next book is the finale I don’t mind that in this case.

Character Development: 5 out of 5 stars

This book upped the stakes by having Veronika be more of an active villain. Not only does she (non-graphically) try torturing the girls’ mother, but also goes after the three sisters in hopes of stopping them from getting the last orb. Even though Veronika failed to stop them, I thought it did help add to her character development by showing off how ruthless and desperate she is to gain power. Even though her main character trait is her wanting more and more power, her attempts in this book show to me as a reader the depths of that even further.

I also enjoyed reading the girls and how they all worked together to not just sneak away from their governess  (for the umpteenth time and I suspect not the last time yet), but also working together to get the Light before Veronika did. I loved reading their teamwork and camraderie, but it especially stood out in this book.

Worldbuilding Development: 5 out of 5 stars

With Veronika being more of an active villain, this meant that she got to show off more of her magical abilities. Not only can she drain others of magic, but she can torture others, disguise herself, and apparently control a giant lion. The last trait was a bit random for me as a reader, but the book made it work so I’m letting it slide.

Other than Veronika’s magic, I enjoyed reading how the other girls navigated to the Rainbow Pools, as well as how they navigated through said area to find the last Everchanging Light. The scenery makes the place sound quite dreamy and I enjoyed the setting of this area the most out of the other places the girls went to to find the other orbs.

Overall, I’m rating this book 5 out of 5 stars!

This was one of the stronger books in the Snow Sisters series so far. I look forward to reading the finale!

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