Book Review: “The Silver Secret” by Astrid Foss

Cover of "The Silver Secret" by Astrid Foss
Cover of “The Silver Secret” by Astrid Foss.

Happy December, everyone!

I hope all of you had a wonderful month of reading in November and that you have a good time reading during this month. This time, I’m reviewing “The Silver Secret” by Astrid Foss, which is the first book in her Snow Sisters series. Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“The evil Shadow Witch wants to steal the Everchanging Lights right out of the sky! The Snow Sisters will need all their magic to stop her turning their world dark for ever…

In their first adventure, the girls sneak away from their castle for a night-time quest through the frozen forest. Can they find the pink Everchanging Light before the Shadow Witch snatches it for herself?”

Plot Development: 4 out of 5 stars

The writing style of the book reminded me slightly of the Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows. However, instead of finding and helping fairies, our three main characters must find the Everchanging Lights before the evil Shadow Witch, Veronika, does. I still really enjoyed reading this story, even though it’s clearly written for young chidren.

My only nitpick with this book is that it’s exceptionally short. It’s only seven chapters long. Since this is meant for young readers, the small amount of chapters is probably deliberate. It fits the genre and the audience that it’s mainly written for. Had this been a book written for older audiences, there could’ve been other plotlines or

Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars

The three sisters in this book were endearing to read. I love how supportive they were with each other. I also enjoyed reading how willing they were to go out there, rescue their parents and look for the Everchanging Lights immediately once they find out what happened with Veronika. The sisters are given some subtle traits to make them feel like distinct people, even if they are related, which I also enjoyed reading. I hope to learn more about them and other characters in the upcoming next books.

Worldbuilding Development: 4 out of 5 stars

This book’s worldbuilding reminded me of Frozen slightly, but with a couple of siginificant changes. There is no obvious love interest, the villain is a relative, no one has amnesia about someone else having ice powers, and so on. I think it’s largely because of the setting. However, it’s stil a fun, fresh world to dive into. I enjoyed reading the concept of the Everchanging Lights being the means to defeat Veronika, as welll as how you have to try looking for each one. This will probably be expanded on in the next few books as well, but this book gave a good introduction to them.

Overall, I’m rating this book 4 out of 5 stars!

This book was a solid introduction to the series. I look forward to reading the rest of the books!

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