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A deserted mansion. Empty picture frames. A perfect red rose in a snowy garden. There is rich and powerful magic here, and a mystery to unravel . . .

A deserted mansion. Empty picture frames. A perfect red rose in a snowy garden. There is rich and powerful magic here, and a mystery to unravel . . .

When Natasha is forced to take shelter from a sudden, terrible blizzard, she is lucky to see a mansion looming out of the snow. Inside it is beautiful: the fire lit, the table set. But there is no one there. And on the walls, instead of paintings, are empty frames.

In the garden, she finds one perfect red rose about to bloom, a vivid splash of scarlet against the snow. Dreamily she reaches out a hand . . .

Only to have the master of the house appear – a terrifying, gigantic creature who looks like a cross between a bear and a man – and demand vengeance on her for taking his rose.

So begins an extraordinary adventure that will see Natasha plunged deep into the heart of a mystery. She begins to realise she has stumbled upon a great tragedy – a spell of revenge laid on the young man the Beast once was, devised by a powerful sorcerer.

But even if she can break the spell, the Beast she has now come to love will be snatched from her. Natasha will have a long journey, and many ordeals, ahead of her before there can be a happy ending.

Inspired by two beautiful Russian fairytales – The Scarlet Flower (the Russian version of Beauty and the Beast) and Fenist the Falcon, Scarlet in the Snow is a beguiling mix of magic, romance, adventure and mystery.


Masson's imaginatively constructed Russian world provides a rich backdrop to an enchanting mix of magic, romance and adventure, with Natasha's courage and patience bringing just reward in her journey from adolescence to adulthood.

Colin Steele, Canberra Times

A book that girls aged 12+ will adore, combining romance, fairly-tale, Russian folklore, mystery and a thrilling sense of adventure.

Gladstone News Weekly

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  • Paperback


    May 1, 2013

    Random House Australia Children's

    336 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2013

    Random House Australia

    336 pages

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