In this gripping tale, the setting is the forbidding Arctic, and the qualities needed to endure the freezing temperatures and the landscape’s scant resources are grit, perseverance and luck.
Add in overwhelming curiosity, and you have a portrait of heroine Flora Mackie, the Snow Queen, who loses her heart to the region – and to fellow scientist, Jakob de Beyn.
This is Penney's third novel.
'Under A Pole Star' by Stef Penney (Quercus, £18.99) is out now.
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