The Snow Queen : Five Hundred Kingdoms

  • by Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman
  • Series: Five Hundred Kingdoms
  • 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Aleksia, Queen of the Northern Lights, is mysterious, beautiful, and widely known to have a heart of ice. No one would seek her wisdom except as a last resort. But when she's falsely accused of unleashing evil on nearby villages, she realizes there's an impostor out there far more heartless than she could ever be.And when a young warrior following the Tradition disappears, leaving his sweetheart and mother to fear the worst, Aleksia's powers are needed as never before.Now, on a journey through a realm of perpetual winter, it will take all her skills, a mother's faith and a little magic to face down an enemy more formidable than any she has ever known....


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Customer Reviews

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Love the book, narrator problematic...

I love Mercedes Lackey and this series too. I was really excited when books 1 and 2 in the series were released as well as this, book 4. Its been around for a while but I didn't buy it till it looked like the rest in the series would also be coming out.

The story is fun, easy to follow, if fairly predictable, but I don't really mind that as it is based around well known fairy tales after all!

The only problem I had is that the narrator, Gabra Zackman, didn't know the word 'mage'. Instead she consistently says 'madge' throughout the book, which, as the word comes up fairly often, I found exceedingly annoying. There were a couple of other problems, like a girl wandering through a forest full of bandits with golden 'plates' (rather than plaits) wound round her head, but these are one offs, so not too problematic. The continual mispronunciation of mage, however, had me yelling MAGE at my computer every few minutes as I listened, and wondering whether the narrator had been paid a 'wadge' rather than a wage!

Other than this problem, the narration was really good and enjoyable, and in the recordings of books 1 and 2, the same narrator does a great job, AND has learned the word mage! So I am really hoping that when they get to this point in the series, they will re-record the book so I can enjoy it fully, along with the rest of the series.
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- Mikki

Good Listen

I had read two or three other books in the 500 Kingdoms series. They aren't great works of literature but they are inventive and fun. I enjoy the author's work so I picked this one up.
It was good, the story pans back and forth between two areas of focus for much of the book, which was a little difficult at first because there's often no marker to indicate the switch. I was irked at the pronunciation of the word "mage," but other than that the narrator did an excellent job, even the accents were good.
The story was interesting and engaging, and I didn't see the ending coming. I would recommend the book to any fantasy lover as an interesting view on fairytales.
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- Amy L Dryman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2008
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.