Publisher: Gingernut Books Ltd
“Snow in Hell” is the first book written by sometime Louder Than War scribe Sophie Sparham, and judging by Katrin Kugler’s review this sci-fi fantasy sounds like a rattling good read.
“Snow in Hell”? Yeah, that title made me chuckle, too, but that’s not all, in fact it is just the beginning of something very big.
The story is made for every young adult reader and with ‘every’ I mean ‘every’. The book might be declared as “gothic sci-fi” but I, however, would say it simply is extraordinary and everyone can and should read it.
Sophie Sparham clearly shows her talent and passion for writing by taking the reader on a journey that will be stuck in your head forever.
The 20 year old author from Derbyshire mixes serious topics with a lot of humour; she combines completely unexpected, new and very often also confusing situations and characters with elements we know from our every day life and draws parallels to both.
“Snow in Hell” is set more than 1000 years in the future, in a world where nothing is the way it should be, and two brave scientists, Margot Grant and Jade Wilde, try to fight against a corrupt Angel that has put the earth under her reign by manipulating people. With the help of a group of highly interesting and strange individuals, Margot and Jade go beyond their limits, having to choose between what’s right and wrong and what only seems to be right and end up in a massive fight. Heaven and hell, death and life, angels and a family of devils have never been so close to each other as in this fantastic story.
Even if all this sounds complicated and confusing, which to be honest it sometimes is, you won’t be able to put the book down. Once the first few pages are read, you will think about it every minute, wondering where this all goes and opening many new doors in your imagination-inventory in your head.
The book is the first part of a series called “Narcatoe: The Eighty One Worlds”; Sophie Sparham is already thinking of new ideas for her upcoming works and I can’t wait to read them.
All words by Katrin Kugler. This is Katrin’s first article for Louder Than War.