The Pearl in the Ice by Cathryn Constable
Published by: Chicken House
Released: 7th November 2019
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A big thank you to Nina Douglas and Chicken House for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour.
A thrilling and beautiful new novel from the best-selling author of The Wolf Princess.
Marina’s father, a naval captain, has been away for most of her life – certainly since her mother died – and yet Marina feels the pull of an ocean she’s never known. When sent to boarding school to learn to be a lady, Marina decides instead to stow away on her father’s ship. A perilous voyage awaits – but where are they sailing to and why, and what has it to do with the dark shape in the deep that seems to be following them?
I’d never read any of Cathryn Constable’s work prior to reading The Pearl in the Ice, so I was really looking forward to discovering a new MG author and discovering how this story went.
Set in 1900’s during the first world war, The Pearl in the Ice follows 12 year old Marina as she skips boarding school and stows away on her naval captain father’s ship. As the voyage sets sail, Marina soon discovers that they are heading somewhere mysterious and are being followed by a dark shape in the deep ocean.
This was such a beautifully written tale of mystery and wonderment all within the setting of a ship and the ocean. I was instantly pulled in by all the gorgeous description and found the book hard to put down at times. It was truly captivating.
The story itself is, in my opinion highly inspired by magical realism. There’s fairytale elements wound into the plot itself, and also real life problems, such as the war taking place during the story. I am a huge lover of magical realism and I think this is one of the reasons why I found the story to be so mesmerising. There are many twists within the story that you honestly couldn’t have foreshadowed and I’ll admit I did gasp a few times whilst reading.
Marina, was a character that I found myself liking from the very start. I loved her headstrong nature and the fact she didn’t want to conform to what society wanted her to be. Granted, there was a bit of vulnerability in her character, but that just made her feel all the more real. Marina was feisty, brave and true to herself and I know that many young girls who read The Pearl in the Ice will find themselves looking up to her.
The Pearl in the Ice was a magical, enchanting read that I couldn’t get enough of. It’s the perfect MG read if you are in the mood for something that will both captivate and enchant you.