It’s day 5 before CROWN OF ICE releases, and today, W is for Winter.
An obvious choice, I suppose, considering the subject matter of the book.
But the thing I want to mention about winter is … in most places, it is one of 4 seasons. Of course, some regions have very long winters, but except for a few areas near the Artic or Antarctic Circles, there usually is some type of seasonal change. (Even at the North and South poles, temperatures vary based on seasons).
In CROWN OF ICE, my protagonist, Thyra Winther, fears the coming of spring because it heralds the end of her chance to reassemble an enchanted mirror and the end of her opportunity to reign forever as the Snow Queen. Although she instinctively longs for grass and flowers and other green things, Thyra knows that her only hope of keeping her mind and body intact is to survive as the Snow Queen — which means giving up every season but winter.
But spring invades her icy world, in the guise of a sorceress who has power over green and growing things, and in the breath of life that Kai and Gerda bring into her frozen palace. As Bae, the enchanted reindeer, tells her —
“The thaw will come, Snow Queen,” Bae says, backing away from the door. “And neither you nor your Master Voss can prevent its arrival.”
Thyra refutes this assertion, determined to survive by any means necessary.
But, it is true that spring follows winter, just as day follows night.
And after the frost — flowers.