The Shadow of the Bear: A Fairy Tale Retold
Publisher: Regina Doman
Publication Date: 2008-10-06
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Regina Doman is a Christian writer who was born in 1970 in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Doman graduated in 1988 from Koinoinia Academy of Warren, New Jersey. She received her bachelor's degree in 1992 from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a major in TV Communications and concentrations in drama and scriptwriting. After graduating from university, she worked for two years as an assistant editor for Catholics United for the Faith in New York City. Three years later - in 1997 - she released her first novel, Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale. In 2002, it was republished under the title The Shadow of the Bear. Its sequel, Black as Night, was published in 2004. In 2012, her manga biography of Pope Benedict XVI, Habemus Papem: Pope Benedict XVI, was published by American publisher Manga Hero. Along with Rebecca Bratten, Doman co-authored Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Debut, published also in 2012.
This story is wonderfully told. The author draws you in and keeps you captivated from first page to last. Each chapter begins with a quote from the original fairy tale, and foreshadows what is coming, yet in New York the mysteries and magic of a fairy tale are very different from the German countryside. Regina Doman is a true storyteller, not just an author. His skill with the pen makes you see the action as it is taking place, and you feel so drawn into the story that you feel like a character sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what will happen next.
This is the first book in a trilogy and I cannot wait to lay my hands on books two and three. This story was so captivating that it left me wanting more immediately. If you are looking for some great summer reading this term, give this book a try.