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From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden st From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.


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From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden st From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.

30 review for West

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daley

    I have to wait until 2018??????? Omfg EAST is one of my favorite books - I can't believe she's writing this

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    Been waiting over 10 years for this to happen!!! One of my all-time favorite books. I can't wait!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Theme and variation on the first book, East. It tracks the same basic plot a little too closely. Add to that the rather simplistic writing, kind of on a middle grade level, and West just never really engaged me. It was clean as a whistle, though. Full review to come. I received a free copy of this book through the publisher and Netgalley. Thanks!

  4. 4 out of 5

    skadoosh

    !!!!! Wasn't expecting a sequel, but can't wait to see where Pattou takes this!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    West is a delightful fantasy novel, gorgeously pieced together with adventure and folklore it is sure to please fans of East and new readers alike. East (though it will always be North Child to me) is one of my most favourite books. I love its beautiful writing, elegant and so very imaginative in its simplicity. I love the fairytale remix. I love the strength of Rose, her curiosity, wandering spirit and determination. I love the short chapters written from the perspectives of multiple characters West is a delightful fantasy novel, gorgeously pieced together with adventure and folklore it is sure to please fans of East and new readers alike. East (though it will always be North Child to me) is one of my most favourite books. I love its beautiful writing, elegant and so very imaginative in its simplicity. I love the fairytale remix. I love the strength of Rose, her curiosity, wandering spirit and determination. I love the short chapters written from the perspectives of multiple characters which detail the story. I love the White Bear and I love Rose’s love for him. And so, when a sequel was announced, some 15 years after the publication of East, to say I was excited might have been a huge understatement. And yet, sometimes a new title after so many years, an extra part of a story which you thought completed, can sometimes be a disappointment. Fear not, because West is every bit as beautiful, magnificent and wondrous as East. It continues Rose and the White Bear’s story as if the ink on the pages of East had only freshly dried. It carries the same heart, the same creative storytelling in its unique and simple way. It doesn’t undo any of the happy ending of the first book, but simply continues the story. And it has made this reader very, very happy. I am so glad that West gives me the opportunity to share afresh my love for East and Edit Pattou’s writing, to share with a new generation of young (and young-at-heart) readers Rose’s stunning story of adventure, determination and love. The release of West is the perfect time to read or reread East. In East, Rose had to travel east of the sun and west of the moon to rescue her White Bear. Now she and Charles have started a family. By when a sudden storm destroys the ship Charles is sailing on and he is reported dead in mysterious circumstances Rose sets out once again to rescue him. West is a combination of everything I love in a beautiful fantasy novel. It combines legends and fairytales and weaves them through Rose’s story. It is both adventurous and full of surprise twists. I honestly felt a little sorry for Rose for the constant stream of challenges thrown her way and yet she never, ever gives up. She is the epitome of a strong and determined character and joining her on her journey and quest is a delight. West also features the importance of family. Neddy once again shares his perspective in short chapters throughout the book, as does Rose’s mother and Rose’s adopted young charge. And of course, no fairytale retelling would be compete without romance. The strong connection between Rose and Charles is challenged, but their determination and devotion to one another is clear. We readers also also treated to a second love story - that of Rose’s brother Neddy. Magic, quests, challenges and games, ancient folklore and legends, the gorgeous and historic scenery of the northern Scandinavia, the wonderfully detailed characters and Edith Pattou’s unique and beautiful writing style, all work together to make West a pleasure to read. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library There’s a sequel?!!?!? There’s a SEQUEL!!!! I love, adore and cherish East (though it will forever be North Child in my heart, as that is my preferred title), so when I discovered that Edith Pattou had created a sequel, my mind was blown. Seriously, I just stared at my screen and freaked out. If it is anything like East, West is sure to be simply amazing. I cannot wait to read it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)

    I'VE JUST BEEN ACCEPTED TO READ AN ARC COPY OF THIS BOOK!!!!!!! I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!! Update and review to come! I'll post my review on my blog and then on here after!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    4.5 stars ✨RTC!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Anne

    A sequel?!!! It's been years since I read East in elementary school. Gee, I feel old now.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lily Hawley

    "ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review." I loved the first book, however, I do not feel that it needed a sequel. The entire book felt redundant and stilted in the way it jumped perspectives every two or three pages never really allowing the reader to settle into a POV. I do not feel like this book added to the story of Rose and her bear at all so much as it just repeated what had already been told in a slightly different way... it kind of felt like really well-written fan f "ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review." I loved the first book, however, I do not feel that it needed a sequel. The entire book felt redundant and stilted in the way it jumped perspectives every two or three pages never really allowing the reader to settle into a POV. I do not feel like this book added to the story of Rose and her bear at all so much as it just repeated what had already been told in a slightly different way... it kind of felt like really well-written fan fiction of the author's work without being good enough to be the legitimate sequel of such a stunning and fantastic book as East. If anyone asked me if they should read this book, I would just recommend they reread East instead.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.* When I was younger, several years younger, I read East on a whim. It was a paperback copy from the library, and I loved it. It has stayed in my mind for years as one of my favourite retellings, deep and imaginative and filled with imagery you just can't forget. Browsing NetGalley and coming upon West was like finding an old friend - grown up, changed, but so familiar and lovely. Actually getting a *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.* When I was younger, several years younger, I read East on a whim. It was a paperback copy from the library, and I loved it. It has stayed in my mind for years as one of my favourite retellings, deep and imaginative and filled with imagery you just can't forget. Browsing NetGalley and coming upon West was like finding an old friend - grown up, changed, but so familiar and lovely. Actually getting a copy to read was like Christmas. I had forgotten that Pattou's storytelling is done in a choppy, plain way. It takes a bit of patience to get into her books, but it's well worth the time. She lays out her tales like brickwork, and they stick with you. Once you get into them, it's like reading an old fairytale - which is appropriate, as this is the sequel to a retelling. West is a strong sequel, full of twists and turns. The characters are just as good as before, and are developed into stronger versions in this tale. Especially Rose. I mean, (view spoiler)[she cuts off her finger to make a key to save her son. That's motherhood. (hide spoiler)] I also love the glimpses of Norwegian culture that we get! Definitely give this a try if you like faerytales or Norwegian stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    4.5 You know the adventure books you read as a kid; the ones that completely took you away to another land and for a few brief moments reality fused into a magical world of make believe. That is what Pattou has written. “West”, is the stunning sequel to her first masterpiece, “East”. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her ha 4.5 You know the adventure books you read as a kid; the ones that completely took you away to another land and for a few brief moments reality fused into a magical world of make believe. That is what Pattou has written. “West”, is the stunning sequel to her first masterpiece, “East”. When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily ever after with Charles, until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake. I’m not one to normally pick up high fantasy, because sometimes the world building can be so complex and confusing for me. However, even though this series is considered high fantasy, it is more fairytale-like and has that classic storybook feel like beauty and the beast. When I read, “East” a few months ago, I completely fell in love with the rich setting and lovely characters! “West” is much of the same way. It’s a great, fast paced, beautifully written sequel. Pattou’s writing is effortless and she takes you on a vivid adventure! Love this duology so much! I think I did (very slightly) prefer, “East”, but overall these are wonderful together! Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group for sending me an advanced readers copy! You can buy West on October 23rd! In the meantime read Pattou’s first wonderful book, “East”!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Luna de Selene

    😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 Deus meo que no sabía que esto tenía continuación

  13. 5 out of 5

    April Sarah

    3.5 stars? (Subject to change - I'm conflicted)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Whatttt the heck??? It has been 15 years since the 1st book came out, and now there's a sequel?? I did NOT know about this, but I'm glad that GR notified me about this book because I would've never known otherwise. I'm excited to see where Rose's adventures will take her~~

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Meyer

    Over a decade in the making, this wonderful book was hard to put down. The further adventures of Rose and her white bear are not to be missed. <3

  16. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I feel I should preface this with the fact that East has been my actual favorite book since I read it when it came out in 2003. I've read it enough times that my hardcover copy is falling apart with love, and I had large swathes of it memorized when I was younger. Needless to say, I was extremely excited when I found out about West. I really hate reading things digitally, and don't currently have a way to do so except on my laptop, but I immediately downloaded this book because I needed it in my I feel I should preface this with the fact that East has been my actual favorite book since I read it when it came out in 2003. I've read it enough times that my hardcover copy is falling apart with love, and I had large swathes of it memorized when I was younger. Needless to say, I was extremely excited when I found out about West. I really hate reading things digitally, and don't currently have a way to do so except on my laptop, but I immediately downloaded this book because I needed it in my hot little hands asap. It...didn't quite live up to the hype in my head. That's not to say it was bad. It was truly enjoyable and is absolutely an engaging and beautiful follow up to East. It digs deeper into the magic and the lore of the world Pattou has created for her fairy tale/mythology hybrid, fleshing out the secret underworld of the trolls and bringing in interesting new magic. It expands on the deeper themes of the first book, family and persistence and love despite and because of danger. It's a beautiful, sweeping adventure and a comforting, small story about love. And I really do love it. But there is a very odd quirk to the pacing that left me feeling disjointed a lot of the time, and there's almost too many things happening all at the same time. There's a sickness and a kidnapping and a magical attack, trolls and snakebites, amnesia...all in one book. And even though it's 500 pages, it's still...too much. Too quickly. I'm grateful for the attempt to bring Neddy and the rest of Rose's family into a greater part of the story, but it draws the focus away from Rose and her struggles and her plotline which should be the core of the book. The two plots don't really converge, and while I was glad to know that Neddy was chasing Rose across the world again, there wasn't really a need to show him always being one step behind. It was a distraction, and I was disappointed that I didn't like it more. But the new characters, the new villains, the new magic all had me desperately in love with this world again, missing Rose and her white bear even as I was reading about them again. I immediately wanted to reread East, to be taken back again to the story I love and have loved so much for so long. It's a good companion, a worthy sequel, a comforting trip down memory lane.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    For Rose and Charles it has been happily ever after complete with a beautiful new baby boy. But the Troll Queen is not dead and seeks a horrifying revenge. Rose must once more set out to save her White Bear. Told in short multi-voiced segments, Pattou adds shipwrecks, plague, avalanches and a fascinating variety of tales, folklore and trials to this story of steadfast love. Vivid compelling characters and well drawn places add a unique touch to the classic story-telling flow of the narrative. Lov For Rose and Charles it has been happily ever after complete with a beautiful new baby boy. But the Troll Queen is not dead and seeks a horrifying revenge. Rose must once more set out to save her White Bear. Told in short multi-voiced segments, Pattou adds shipwrecks, plague, avalanches and a fascinating variety of tales, folklore and trials to this story of steadfast love. Vivid compelling characters and well drawn places add a unique touch to the classic story-telling flow of the narrative. Lovely!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sami

    It's an immense pleasure to return to Edith Pattou's world of ice, wind, and magic. As a child, I greedily devoured East like one of the sumptuous meals in the castle. West is more of a slow burn, but all the more enjoyable for it's measured pace and studied character development. What a relief to go on another adventure with fearless Rose and her white bear!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly (Book Swoon)

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars EAST by Edith Pattou took one of my favorite stories, 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' a Norwegian fairy tale, and completely swept me away with her beautiful retelling, making Rose's journey come alive with all the magic and enchantment I could hope for. Now in WEST, the sequel takes readers once again on a magical journey led by Rose as she sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing. It is a tale of danger, magic, and adventure beyond the H My Rating: 4.5 Stars EAST by Edith Pattou took one of my favorite stories, 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' a Norwegian fairy tale, and completely swept me away with her beautiful retelling, making Rose's journey come alive with all the magic and enchantment I could hope for. Now in WEST, the sequel takes readers once again on a magical journey led by Rose as she sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing. It is a tale of danger, magic, and adventure beyond the Happily Ever After. I love the timeless quality to Edith Pattou's writing. It feels as if you have just closed one book, and opened its companion when East is actually celebrating its15th-anniversary edition! This is Rose's story but once again we are treated to multiple viewpoints (my secondary favorite is Neddy!) as the story meanders in a beautiful, unraveling way filled with myths and folklore, as a new adventure begins. One of my favorite aspects of the story, and in both books, is how well you come to love these characters. The strong bonds of family play an important part and this time we get to know Rose's family even better. Rose is one of my favorite heroines in MA and YA literature. She is one those protagonists who is very independent and likes to take matters into her own hands. And, even though she often begins her adventure alone, it is never long before she makes some unexpected allies along the way. This companion novel is a perfect addition to fan's libraries. The timeless quality of Pattou's writing and the vivid and endearing characters make for a wonderful addition for readers who enjoy fairy tale retellings, myths, and folklore. Magical and sweeping, this is another timeless tale to enjoy and savor. Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for the advance reader's copy I received to review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM EWDNIOPJDKE EFIOJDMD[OPEJWDMIPEJOMWKFED ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS IS GETTING A SEQUEL!!?!?!??!?!?!!!?!?!??!!!!!!!!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marzie

    I'm just disappointed with this book. It's long but I felt like I read this all before. Can an author be derivative of their earlier work? I enjoyed East. West is East all over again. Children will no doubt be enchanted because children love to hear the same story all over again. In that sense, children who enjoy East will probably be just as happy with West as they were with East. Truly spectacular cover.

  22. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Ironside

    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 'North Child' or 'East' as it was repackaged, was a magical retelling of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon', one of my favourite fairy tales. 'West' expands on the story with what happened to all the characters afterwards. First of all a round of applause for the author for keeping the fairy tale feel - most writers seem stymied after the HEA and end up creating something that feels very different. This felt like a fairy tale and contain ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 'North Child' or 'East' as it was repackaged, was a magical retelling of 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon', one of my favourite fairy tales. 'West' expands on the story with what happened to all the characters afterwards. First of all a round of applause for the author for keeping the fairy tale feel - most writers seem stymied after the HEA and end up creating something that feels very different. This felt like a fairy tale and contained bits of various fairy tales without being a retelling of a specific story. Second round of applause for such a dynamic heroine. I really like a story where the heroine has to use her wits and courage to get back the person she loves - which is why I've always enjoyed Tam Lynn retellings. Rose is a great character. Not traditionally beautiful but kind, clever and competent. This time around the quest is not due to her own actions - in the first book it was her own justifiable but fatal curiosity which caused the problem. This time it was an indirect result of her triumph last time as she seeks first her husband and then her child. Mothers are rarely put at the forefront of heroic tales especially in YA so that was a refreshing change. Once again the book contains a cast of engaging characters, dreamlike, descriptive and yet sparse prose and bits of history and folklore all seamlessly woven together. This was a highly enjoyable fantasy retelling with a strong, courageous heroine. Highly recommend for those who enjoy fairy tales.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amalie (ABookAddict)

    I still can't believe this is happening! we're actually getting a sequel!! I read East (North Child to me) 11 years ago when I was only 8 and it was the book that really got me hooked into reading. I owe North Child a lot and I can't wait to see what West is like!! October can not come fast enough!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jena

    Before I get into today's review, please be aware that this book is a sequel! While I won't have any spoilers for West written here, there may be spoilers for the first book, East. "I shook my head savagely. No. I could not give in to despair. Where there was life, there was also hope." When Rose and Charles first met, he was a White Bear, trapped in a wicked enchantment with little hope of finding his way back to the human world. Rose was his last hope, and in a single choice, she nearly lost him Before I get into today's review, please be aware that this book is a sequel! While I won't have any spoilers for West written here, there may be spoilers for the first book, East. "I shook my head savagely. No. I could not give in to despair. Where there was life, there was also hope." When Rose and Charles first met, he was a White Bear, trapped in a wicked enchantment with little hope of finding his way back to the human world. Rose was his last hope, and in a single choice, she nearly lost him to the Troll queen forever. Married with a baby of their own, Rose and Charles believe the Troll Queen is dead and they are finally living their happily ever after. Until a storm destroys his ship and Charles is believed dead. But Rose knows the storm wasn't natural and once again leaves behind everything she holds dear to find him. With more obstacles in her way than ever before, and the fate of the entire world resting on the outcome, Rose must once again prove that her love is stronger than the magic woven from evil. "But worst of all was a nearly overwhelming sense of dread that clenched at my insides. It was like I could feel evil pulsing above me, around me, threatening my reason." Meeting back with Rose and Charles was like falling back in touch with childhood friends. The same magic I fell in love with in East was written within the story of West. One of the things I loved was how seamlessly Pattou tied in key points and characters from the first novel. We get the majority of the plot summarized in a clever prologue, much as East had one introducing us to our characters and the journey we were about to undertake. West is introduced in the same way, and it made the transition into this new story as comfortable as slipping on a favorite coat. Even more, characters and other pivotal plot points from East were brought up in such clever ways! I can't go into details without spoiling the story, but reliving these things through memory loss was GENIUS!!! It made the references feel so natural to the story, and yet I found myself smiling as I too remembered these details with the characters. "In the course of my journey to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon, there had been much that was magic, events that could not be explained by the natural way of things." Full of the same magical storytelling and heart-pounding adventure, West picks up right where East leaves off. We are quickly caught up with the events in Rose and Charles life, along with the rest of the family. One thing I really liked was how we got to keep the happy ending of East and move into a new story with West. It felt like a natural progression of their life and we were able to accept the ways in which they had grown and changed. In fact, I felt that the story was better for this growth. It didn't feel like the same story recreated, or elaborated upon, but an entirely new one that completely fit the characters both as they were and as they currently are. As with East, I think that the writing style will appeal to a wide range of readers. Without being overly complex, Pattou narrates in an easily approachable cadence that will make younger readers able to follow along easily while also feeling rich and magical to older readers as well. This is an epic fantasy that feels like a fairy tale and this magical combination will open the span of readers that will fall in love with it. Landing at over 500 pages, readers will still find themselves quickly devouring this book. The pages fly by and within a matter of hours I had read the entire thing. We go on an epic adventure, full of twist and turns, hope and heartbreak. The ending is satisfying, and like East, could either be the end, or simply the transition to a new adventure. I'm hoping for more! Thank you Rockstar Book Tours and HMH Teen for sending me a copy and including me on this tour!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tabor

    Five years ago, I read East and fell completely in love with the novel. It was spellbinding, mysterious and at its heart was a good retelling of a fairy tale. So you can imagine my excitement to read an advanced copy of the sequel, and how it really hurts me to write the following: I am disappointed in this sequel. West follows Rose and her white bear several years after the first book. In that time, Rose and Charles have had a baby, who they lovingly refer to as Winn, Estelle, Sib, and Rose's f Five years ago, I read East and fell completely in love with the novel. It was spellbinding, mysterious and at its heart was a good retelling of a fairy tale. So you can imagine my excitement to read an advanced copy of the sequel, and how it really hurts me to write the following: I am disappointed in this sequel. West follows Rose and her white bear several years after the first book. In that time, Rose and Charles have had a baby, who they lovingly refer to as Winn, Estelle, Sib, and Rose's family. The book really starts with Rose's mother, Eugenia, having a potent dream that foretells Charles' death and other sinister events. Of course, this comes to pass as Charles and Rose make their way to her family's home. Traveling separately, Charles seemingly perishes in a shipwreck. Rose does not believe this and sets out to track down her husband in an unfolding journey that isn't nearly as charming as the first one. Please be advised there are spoilers up ahead. Rose is able to find Charles, but she also discovers that the Troll Queen, who was killed in the last book, is not dead. Instead, she seeks to retake everything that Rose took from her, including Charles and Winn. As result, the book primarily follows two threads; one involves Rose and Charles, who does not remember the past one hundred years and subsequently his life with Rose. This seems to be the result of the Troll Queen's magic. And the second follows Estelle and Winn, who both are kidnapped by the Troll Queen. Rose must track down her son and in the process stop the Troll Queen's nefarious plans before Charles permanently forgets about his family. It is an interesting, but overall it lacks emotional depth. And, I assume that this is partly due to the fact that this book is oriented towards children/young adults (This is based on the fact that the first book was geared towards this audience). Therefore, Rose's life as a mother and wife is, for lack a better term, very G-rated. I think this story would have been much more powerful if Pattou had delved into Rose's heartbreak and grief over what happened to Charles. And more importantly, her anxiety and determination to find her son. Instead, it focuses on other perspectives that don't really add to the story and distance the reader away from Rose and her new journey. This is further enhanced by Rose's choice to be called Nyamh throughout the story and makes her seem different from the beloved character we remember. I read a remark at the back about how this story was for the people, who grew up with East, and I really wish Pattou had a written a story for these women, who now have their own families, new worries, and who need a grown-up fairy tale that speaks to these issues.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daisy

    Quality Rating: Three Stars Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars ◆ Thanks to NetGalley for this ebook for review ◆ My rating for this one keeps jumping up and down. I was a bit underwhelmed while reading, but every time I put it down I'd find myself replaying little sections. In the end, having had the time to step back from it, I think of it more fondly than while I was reading. Take that as you will. As an older reader, reading East again with its simplistic style didn't matter too much because it was fue Quality Rating: Three Stars Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars ◆ Thanks to NetGalley for this ebook for review ◆ My rating for this one keeps jumping up and down. I was a bit underwhelmed while reading, but every time I put it down I'd find myself replaying little sections. In the end, having had the time to step back from it, I think of it more fondly than while I was reading. Take that as you will. As an older reader, reading East again with its simplistic style didn't matter too much because it was fuelled by nostalgia. I adored it as a child. Reading a new story with its very straightforward writing was a bit harder. It's both a blessing and a curse because there's a timelessness to it, a real nod to fairytales. Its ambiguous style lifts it in some ways, but it also means that important twists and action scenes are underwhelming: they're described in three or four points and then it's finished. It's not quite as satisfying when you feel so personally attached to the characters (whereas in a fairytale the protagonist is often androgynous and unspecified). Ultimately, as much as I enjoyed the parallels to the first story, it didn't add much new. If you broke down the structure of West it'd probably be identical to East, and when you consider that Rose is essentially on her own search again, the White Bear is trying to find this identity, and Neddy is trying to unite his people, it's the same story all over again. And, to be fair, we do look at different things, but I'm not as attached to them. Where East beat with a heart of exploration, filled with maps and compasses, West replaces them with more practical mountain climbing and wind directions. It's still interesting, and I suppose it's grown with the characters now in their adult forms, but it wasn't as whimsical. Worth the read? Yes. But maybe not so close to reading the first book. How to make me love Rose even more than I already did? Give her a sword. Goddamnit, I am weak. Of course, Rose was already a heroine authors should look up to; she was active and determined without needing a weapon. I think she's scaled maybe three or four mountains largely by herself at this point. Most importantly, she empowers others. It stretches the imagination sometimes, how adoringly they all look at her, but I think it's believable too. She's the beating heart of this story (even though it was a shame we still don't really get to know Charles at all). I was a bit disappointed while reading West, but the more I think about it the fonder I am of it. I remember it like a fairytale, and that's a hard thing to achieve, but it doesn't sit so much like a novel. It works better recounted than experienced.

  27. 4 out of 5

    KalissaManuel

    The book West is a second book that continues the story East, by Edith Pattou. In this book, there is a wide array of characters, however, my personal favorite character was Rose. Rose is the main character of the book, and is a determined, strong, and loving young women. From the beginning to the end of the book, readers can see how Rose never gives up, and is always willing to do more, and do anything to get to her final goal. In this book, Rose is a young mother who desperately loves her husb The book West is a second book that continues the story East, by Edith Pattou. In this book, there is a wide array of characters, however, my personal favorite character was Rose. Rose is the main character of the book, and is a determined, strong, and loving young women. From the beginning to the end of the book, readers can see how Rose never gives up, and is always willing to do more, and do anything to get to her final goal. In this book, Rose is a young mother who desperately loves her husband and her new bairn, Winn. Because of the circumstances placed in this story, Rose does many uncomfortable, hard, but nobel things in hopes to save her bairn. She will also have to save her husband, who she calls her “White Bear”. The reason why I love Rose, is because I would hope that someday I would be that dedicated, resilient, and strong through all my hardships and trials. Being a fan of the first book, East, I was very pleased by this second book West. As Rose continued her journey, I found it hard to put down the book. With a mix of fantasy, history, romance, and action, West is an incredible read full of suspense and love. I especially liked seeing all the characters from the past book, and the new characters that helped the story fall into place. The book was very well written, and I could easily understand and see the setting, characters, trials, and all the other details that made the book wonderful. As characters such as Rose, Charles, the Troll Queen, and Estelle go through the book, you can clearly see their growth and how they face their challenges. I also enjoyed the little mix of the history of Norway, France, Scotland, and Greenland. I would rate this book five out of five stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Z

    Let me start by saying that Edith Pattou’s East is probably the book that got me started on fairy tale retellings. I love it. It takes a rather simple fairy tale (with a few odd details) and fleshes it out into a luminous story with a complete world and a backstory that humanizes Rose’s family and ties everything together. So when I heard that there was going to be a sequel, I was excited. I was also a little nervous. Would a story that goes beyond the fairy tale’s ending be a disappointment? Wo Let me start by saying that Edith Pattou’s East is probably the book that got me started on fairy tale retellings. I love it. It takes a rather simple fairy tale (with a few odd details) and fleshes it out into a luminous story with a complete world and a backstory that humanizes Rose’s family and ties everything together. So when I heard that there was going to be a sequel, I was excited. I was also a little nervous. Would a story that goes beyond the fairy tale’s ending be a disappointment? Would it turn out to be a weird re-hashing of another fairy tale tacked on at the end of East? The answers are no and no: West does not disappoint. Even after all these years, West feels like a sequel to East. The storytelling is the same, the world is the same, the characters are the same, and it does live up to East. While the essential elements of the story here are the same as in East, things do feel like they’re higher stakes, especially because Rose had just settled down into a quieter life. Here, she’s forced to pick up, leave her family again, and set out on another quest that takes her far away and forces her, often, to rely on herself and only herself. I wasn’t sure what to think about a book that veered away from canon fairy tales completely, but it worked. The element of family was also as strong in this book as it was in East. We have more Neddy (my favorite secondary character from East and still my favorite secondary character here), as well as more from Rose’s parents and more from some new characters. This was one of my favorite themes in East and it continues here. Full review to come on my blog.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rosanne Lortz

    After rescuing her White Bear prince in the previous book, Rose is living happily with Charles and their children Estelle and Winn, but not happily ever after. When she travels to visit her parents, she learns that Charles' own ship has been shipwrecked. As Rose tries to trace his whereabouts, Winn and Estelle disappear, and Rose learns that the Troll Queen is still alive...plotting revenge. With the help of a friend who can control the winds, Rose must risk everything to save her husband and ch After rescuing her White Bear prince in the previous book, Rose is living happily with Charles and their children Estelle and Winn, but not happily ever after. When she travels to visit her parents, she learns that Charles' own ship has been shipwrecked. As Rose tries to trace his whereabouts, Winn and Estelle disappear, and Rose learns that the Troll Queen is still alive...plotting revenge. With the help of a friend who can control the winds, Rose must risk everything to save her husband and children, traveling first to Mont Blanc in the Alps and then to a mythical island outside of Scotland where three otherworldly sisters have some impossible tasks for her to accomplish. A When I read the first book in this duology, East, I was dazzled by the beautiful portrayal of the fairy tale and the strong narrative voice of Rose and the White Bear. As a sequel, this second book does not disappoint. Rose demonstrates that being a mother has only increased the power of her devotion and the lengths to which she will go to save those she loves. (No spoilers, but look out for the scene with the "bone key" at the end....) Charles in his human form gains more of a personality in the book, and the delight of seeing him fall in love with Rose a second time echoes through the clean, crisp prose. This book would make a wonderful fantasy film. Recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    kiera4fantasybooks

    The Sequel to the highly beloved book East is just as captivating and magical as its predecessor! The story of Rose continues three years from where East ended. Rose and her White Bear are living contently together, with Charles being a sought after musician, and Rose still as eager to explore than ever before. Only this time she has a baby strapped to her back! But when the winds suddenly change and not only bring an evil to Norway once again, but the world, it is not just Rose and her White B The Sequel to the highly beloved book East is just as captivating and magical as its predecessor! The story of Rose continues three years from where East ended. Rose and her White Bear are living contently together, with Charles being a sought after musician, and Rose still as eager to explore than ever before. Only this time she has a baby strapped to her back! But when the winds suddenly change and not only bring an evil to Norway once again, but the world, it is not just Rose and her White Bear who will suffer, but everyone whom she holds dear as well. With a familiar darkness looming high above the Earth, Rose will have to embrace her Northern-Born roots once more in order to save her family, and the world, from evil's never-ending grasp. The writing is spellbinding, weaving you through each character's part in the story in a unique, and insightful way. With previous side characters taking center stage, it is delightful to learn more about the mythology of Edith Pattou's world, and the characters in it, while also staying historically accurate. Long-time fans of East will be satisfied with the new direction Rose and her companions take, both literally, and figuratively!

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