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Book Review: Under A Pole Star by Stef Penney

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Flora Mackie is drawn to the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle like a moth to a naked flame.

Having visited the perilous lands at the age of 12, the daughter of a Dundee whaling ship captain feels her very being is inexorably linked with the land of the eskimo and freezing temperatures.

Stef Penney, who delighted audiences with the award-winning The Tenderness Of Wolves, has returned with another epic tale of heroic deeds.

Mackie, named the Snow Queen by a newspaper editor, returns to embrace the dangers of her second home as leader of a British expedition, faced with competition from a group of Americans hell bent on defying the dangers to explore uncharted land.

With the aim of discovering new territory and naming it for their wealthy backers, both groups take on the outlook of the native people whose view of life is coloured by the closeness of death.

Mackie also gets the chance to return many years later, but only she knows what secrets she will reveal in this gripping story of mankind’s folly.

Published by Quercus

 

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