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Upon a Frosted Star by M A Kuzniar : a review

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book cover for Upon a Frosted Star by M A Kuzniar.  A stylized image of a swan on a lake with greenery around the outside of the cover

Upon a Frosted Star by M A Kuzniar

  • Category : Myths & Legends / Fantasy / Fantasy Romance
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BS8BH47F
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HQ (21 Sept. 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3062 KB
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Upon a Frosted Star Summary

When the snow falls, she will be free…

The invitations always arrive the same way – without warning, appearing around the city on the first snowfall of the year, simply inscribed with ‘Tonight.

When struggling artist, Forster, finds an invitation, he’s bewitched by the magic of the evening, swept up in the glamour of this notorious annual party and intrigued as to who is behind them.

Determined to find out more about the mysterious host, Forster discovers an abandoned manor house silent with secrets and a cursed woman who is desparate to be free…

From the bestselling author of Midnight in Everwood, comes another spellbinding literary fairy tale that’s The Great Gatsby meets Swan Lake.

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Upon a Frosted Star Review

The setting, the pace, and the era it’s set suit this fairy tale retelling so well.  I found it dark and atmospheric and thought the ending was fitting.

I loved the mystery of the party invites – not knowing how they would appear and in what form.  And the parties themselves are glitzy, glamourous, and decadent.  I can just imagine the joy and hope they gave to those attending after those harsh WWI years. 

The first year of attending for Forster goes mostly unremembered, apart from his dreams of a woman’s face.  The second year he stays sober and is inspired to create his art.  The third – well, three is always for recognition in fairy stories is it not?

I thought Forster was a fab lead character.   Staid on the face of it, his creativity and artistry give a different perspective into his mind and show what a complex character he is.  That reliable and staid part of his personality is what moves him forward on his quest.  Never giving up, he explores every avenue to find an answer.  I loved how the author describes Forster’s emotions in colours.  Brilliant!

I enjoyed being drawn into the world of the ballerina and the dark undertow of magic (I caught the nod to Midnight in Everwood, anyone else?).

As in the author’s previous book, I enjoyed the writing style, one of my favourite sentences:

“……….  as if it belonged to creatures that flew on gossamer wings and drank vials of moonbeams.”

Just magical.

Upon a Frosted Star is a heartbreaking love story and on another level it’s about friendship, forgiveness, and healing.  It’s a reminder that at times, there’s strength of uniting with others rather than going it alone.  And that an ending might not be what we hoped it would be.

If you enjoy a dark fairy tale, you’ll enjoy this.

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About the Author

M.A. Kuzniar spent six years living in Spain, teaching English and travelling the world which inspired her children’s series The Ship of Shadows. Her adult debut novel Midnight in Everwood was inspired by her love of ballet and love of The Nuctracker. She lives in Nottingham with her husband, where she reads and writes as much as can and bookstagrams @cosyreads.

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