I think I loved this even more than Uprooted! Definitely one of my all-time-favorites. This is just such a magical winter tale, I love re-reading this every time winter comes around..
WILL DARK MAGIC CLAIM THEIR HOME?
Miryem is the daughter of her village's moneylender. But poverty beckons as her father's too kind-hearted to collect his debts. Then Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she dies. Yet if she triumphs, a fate worse than death awaits.
Irina's father schemes to wed her to the tsar. However, their dashing ruler hides a terrible secret, threatening mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest. It's one that will encompass sacrifice, power and even love.
'A brilliant book - endlessly surprising and moving'
M. R. Carey
'Lovely, intricate and strong. A gorgeous read'
'A master fantasist at the top of her game'