Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick (Review)


“There never was a story that was happy through and through.”

Blood Red, Snow White is set in 1917. The world is partaking in a dreadful war, but Russia is fighting another war, away from the front lines but in its own heart. The Russian Revolution has begun. Blood Red, Snow White follows Arthur Ransome, a young British journalist who witnessed the revolution first hand.

The start of Blood Red, Snow White really did capture my attention. It is written fantastically, and so like a fairytale. Example:

Beyond the sunrise, half way to the moon, and so very far away it would make your feet weep to think about it, lies a land vast in size and deep in sadness.

The Russian Revolution can be quite confusing, but Marcus Sedgwick, with his talent for writing, really does simplify it but keeps it interesting and engaging. Perhaps it is because Sedgwick doesn’t just state facts but he tells a story. Blood Red, Snow White has a mixture of genres, from fairytale to spy thriller, to a love story. And Marcus Sedgwick does it all so well.

The characters were well developed and likeable and I found myself rooting for the character to get the happy ending they deserved. It is truly amazing that these people actually existed and they do have a fantastic story. I am a massive fan of historical fiction, and I usually have high expectations whenever I pick one up. But I was not disappointed. I’m not sure what is holding me back from giving it 5 stars. I just can’t quite put my finger on it. However, I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆ (4.5)


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