Read Under A Pole Star Online Free - Flora Mackie was twelve when she first crossed the Arctic Circle on her father's whaling ship. Now she is returning to the frozen seas as the head of her own exploration expedition. Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan, but his yearning for new horizons leads him to the Arctic as part of a rival expedition. When he and Flora meet, all thoughts of science and exploration give way before a sudden, all-consuming love.
The affair survives the growing tensions between the two groups, but then, after one more glorious summer on the Greenland coast, Jakob joins his leader on an extended trip into the interior, with devastating results.
The stark beauty of the Arctic ocean, where pack ice can crush a ship like an eggshell, and the empty sweep of the tundra, alternately a snow-muffled wasteland and an unexpectedly gentle meadow, are vividly evoked. Against this backdrop Penney weaves an irresistible love story, a compelling look at the dark side of the golden age of exploration, and a mystery that Flora, returning one last time to the North Pole as an old woman, will finally lay to rest.
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October 11, 2016
Stef Penney returns to the Arctic in this intense and epic novel that looks at the darker side of the golden age of explorers in the nineteenth century. It begins with a group visiting the Arctic, amongst which is the elderly Snow Queen, Flora Cochrane, and Randall Crane who is intent on getting...
November 02, 2016
I was instantly intrigued by the cover and the blurb of the book when I first saw it on NetGalley and I was thrilled to get a chance to read it. However, I had some serious problem with the story. 2 times during the book was a very tempted to give up the book. First, at around 30% and then around...
October 27, 2016
In short - A great tale of the Arctic, exploration and particularly Flora, a character I really liked, a British explorer at the end of the 19th century.
The start of this book introduces us to The Snow Queen, a now aging Arctic explorer, going to Greenland on another Arctic expedition in...
November 22, 2016
What at amazing book! Stef Penney captures the world of the far North brilliantly and lyrically. (Reading it during a cold snap I'm sure added to my enjoyment!)
The story follows Flora's life. She first went North with her father who was a Dundee whaling captain and fell totally under its spell....
October 19, 2016
Review added October 20th 2016
'Under a Pole Star' by Stef Penney
4 stars/ 8 out of 10
I read and enjoyed Stef Penney's first novel 'The Tenderness of Wolves', so was interested in reading her latest work 'Under a Pole Star' (to be published in October 2016).
This novel tells the story of Flora Macki...
December 12, 2016
Overlong, but glad I made the journey.
Steff Penney’s epic Arctic romance centres around Flora who spent a large part of her childhood in the Arctic onboard her father's whaling boat resulting in a love of the Arctic and the native people that lived there. An older Flora returns to the Arctic as a...
November 07, 2016
A novel set in the Arctic Circle in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Wonderful descriptions of snow and ice, an unforgiving, brutal environment.
This story tells of the fated romance between Flora Mackie and Jacob de Beyn. Flora is unusual for the time depicted, no narrow insular world f...
October 07, 2016
I have an image of Stef Penney sitting down to write this book. ‘Well everybody loved the cold, haunted darkness featured in ‘The Tenderness of Wolves’, so my next novel will be set in the Artic’. After a bit of Google procrastination Stef hits upon that the biggest book sales in recent years hav...
February 26, 2017
For me this novel was a mix of the good and not-so-good. It is centred on two people, Flora and Jakob, involved in highly dangerous exploration in the Arctic in 1890s. The descriptions of the Arctic and of what exploration was like are superb, as is the portrayal of the fierce rivalries between e...
August 17, 2016
I love books like this – where the landscape is so remote and cold and unfriendly that you even feel nervous about going there in fiction form. But there’s something about explorers and what they achieved despite the lack of technology we have now and the work they had to do to get to the most in...