Bridge of Snow (The Winner's Trilogy, #0.5) by Marie Rutkoski

Bridge of Snow (The Winner's Trilogy, #0.5)

Ignore the stirrings of war. Let the carriage to a royal ball wait. There is a story to be told: of a starless night, a mother and her sick son, and a mortal who falls in love with the snow god, and will do anything to have her...

Details Bridge of Snow (The Winner's Trilogy, #0.5)

TitleBridge of Snow (The Winner's Trilogy, #0.5)
Release DateJan 28th, 2014
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Short Stories, Novella

Reviews Bridge of Snow (The Winner's Trilogy, #0.5)

  • Lola
    Its crazy. So Ive read both The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime and Arin never warmed up to me. To be honest, I partially disapproved of him until reading this little gem of a short story. Its not as if I were oblivious to his softer side; I just never paused to acknowledge it and, let's face it, scenes with him showing empathy for Kestrel weren't that abundant. His prince-like and smug personality constantly put me off.BUT, seeing Arin as ...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    "For a moment, he was silent. He muttered, Im afraid to die.You wont. She made her voice cheerful, brisk. Her son felt things too deeply, was tender to the core. It worried her."I don't know why I didn't read this story until after the release of The Winner's Kiss, and I won't even try to make up an excuse. It probably is all a matter of timing. Its time, for me, was now.As I have said -and repeated, and rerepeated- elsewhere, with abundance of r...
  • Riley
    Arin's mother telling him a bedtime story. What more could you want? This was heartbreaking.
  • Wendy Darling
    So very lovely and haunting, and does exactly what these short stories are supposed to do: whet your appetite for the book if you haven't read it, and illuminates a new corner of this world if you have. A perfect companion piece, and one very reminiscent of a fairy tale. Read it free on here:
  • Jasmine
    For a novella, Bridge of Snow is a terrific masterpiece. It's a story about Arin's childhood and how he's related to Herrani Gods in The Winner's Curse. I personally think you don't have to read this before starting the trilogy, but there's nothing to complain when it comes to our beloved new bookish boyfriend, right?Short story as it is, there's still something I love and hold dearly in the tale his mother told him when he's little and sick. I k...
    4 How stars were made ★'s We dont think too well when we want too much.Wow! Even though this prequel to The Winner's Curse was only a few pages long it sure had an impact. It was very touching that it gave me so many feels!!! It was beautifully written and I so loved the tales of the gods and their superstitions. This sweet gem takes place back when Arin (one of the main character in The Winner's Curse trilogy) was just a little kid and a mothe...
  • Rose
    What could you possibly like about a Valorian book?Valorians are interesting. Theyre different. I know people have mixed feelings about Arin, but I've always loved him. I can't even help it, you know? He's flawed, beautiful and broken. He's lonely and life made him hard- until he met Kestrel. And don't even get me started on the last book & how fucking adorable him & Kestrel were. I honestly can't even. So anyway, this little story made me adore ...
  • Cody
    Buddy Read with my girl McKenna! Her son felt things too deeply, was tender to the core. It worried her. This was a masterpiece! A truly gorgeous piece of work-- I didnt think such a short story could affect me so deeply but it I did and I feel I know our main man Arin that little bit more. This powerful novella will move you and make you yearn to read The Winners Trilogy all over again. And thats exactly what I intend to do! She had meant to tel...
  • Lia
    See, this is how you write an amazing short story. Marie's writing is breathtaking, but that shouldn't come as a surprise anymore, and the atmosphere in this short novella was beautiful and almost dreamlike. I can see so much of Arin in the curious and still somewhat somber boy he once was. He is a god amongst gods. He is the god of lies.
  • Chesca (thecrownedpages)
    "But we dont think too well when we want too much." Bridge of Snow tells a short story of Arin when he was still very young. It is a story within a story. It tells the tale of a love that knows no boundaries.It is beautifully written, and kind of sad and heart-breaking like The Winner's Trilogy. It will remind you of your childhood when you were still a kid curled up in bed, listening to bedtime stories.Make sure that you don't miss this!You co...
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  • Armina
    4 STARS So haunting and very beautiful! A tiny prequel to the Winner's trilogy. Can be read both before and after The Winner's Curse(may be after is better). It will whet your appetite for the book if you haven't read it and give you an interesting view from another part of this world, if you have. It's a glimpse in Arin's childhood. A fairy tale story about love, gods, snow, moon, constellations myths and desire. Rutkoski really knows how to wea...
  • Katherine
    This is a small glimpse of Arin's childhood.He was eight namedays at that time and his family was alright.He was very sick all the time in childhood days and when he's family were going to attain a royal ball to which his mother didn't want to attain, he asked her for a story.Thats when his mother told him the tale of how the stars were made.Although his real reason behind it was his fear for the year of the God he was born in.He still carried th...
  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    Goodreads doesn't show the whole cover, and since I find it gorgeous (and it was one of the reasons I chose to read this one) I shall: 4 StarsBridge of Snow is a fun little shortie, and at a mere 10 pages it is on the shorter end of shortie, about a sick boy-child and his mom. The voice of Arin (the little boy) is believably innocent and curious. Arin asks his mother to tell him a story before she leaves with the rest of the family for a ball. Ho...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    You can read this for free at: My. Stars. (Did you see what I did there?)A fourteen page prequel and I got goosebumps no less than three times. Fourteen pages. THREE TIMES. I'm not as informed about the constellations myths, so it's possible my awe is misdirected, but that has got to be the most beautifully, heart-wrenching explanation for the stars that I've ever heard. And the insightfulness of this ch...
  • Nadhira Satria
    little Arin + his mom:my tears
  • Katerina Kondrenko
    10 out of 10 That's what series' bonuses should be like. Not some POVs from different characters, not the scenes we've already read, but something tiny, slight, subtle and really important. From a simple (and beautiful!) fairy-tale I've learned of Herrani more than I got from the first 20 chapters of The Winners Curse. Rutkoski has a way with words, I swear. And Arin... I feel sorry and pride for him at the same time. He became such a man!The Win...
  • Wren (fablesandwren)
    WrensReads Review:I love stories that sound like fairytales.Arin's mother is telling him a story about the gods and it is just beautiful. It is about how the stars came to be and it's just such a beautiful story.It makes me want to go sit out on my roof and star gaze. Even though it is snowing. And it's freezing. But that kind of fits the setting of the story anyway.WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram
  • Anna
    "Arin, don't you want your secret?"He smiled a little. "Yes." ........."I love you best," she said.
  • Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
    She looked at the boy. He knew her weakness for storytelling. And it was, after all, only a story. Still, she wished he had chosen a happier one. Bridge of Snow was such an achingly beautiful little story. It's true that all that happened changed Arin, but I can still very well see the similarities between this young child and the man from the Winner's trilogy. This is a must read for all fans of this series, and of course, for those who love Ari...
  • Erica Ravenclaw
    These .5 stories kill me. That moment when your heart melts for a character, that perfect back story that takes you from mediocre to extreme fan. This should be read with The Winners Cruse! No joke, this author is the shit.
  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    There is a God of Snow, a God of the Moon, a God of Lies. But there's also a God of the Written Word, and her name is Marie Rutkoski.
  •  molly ⋆
    SO CUTE!
  • Lia
    I'm never going to look at the sky the same way again. Marie writes the most beautiful things, it's not even normal. This has just made the wait for winners kiss infinitely worse.
  • Azbaqiyah
    1st Read - 06/02/2017It's a nice bittersweet story between a mother and her son ~♥2nd Read - 30/04/2018I still love it. ~♥
  • Gavin
    This was an interesting prequel from Marie Rutkoski's Winner's trilogy. It was very short but gave us a little glimpse into Arin's childhood and his relationship with his family. We also got to enjoy another intriguing myth of the Herrani Gods. It was an enjoyable tale on par with the main series. Rating: 4 stars.
  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    What a perfect little story."But we dont think too well when we want too much."I liked the explanation behind the constellations and it shows a little background story of an important character in the Winner's curse. What a perfect little story."But we don’t think too well when we want too much."I liked the explanation behind the constellations and it shows a little background story of an important character in the Winner's curse.
  • Mei
    Wonderful!It reminded me of the original Andersen's fairytales where the story ends badly.
  • Rita
    Initial thoughts:1. Amazing bedtime story!2. Arin as a kid was adorable; I know have a soft spot for him.3. This definitely made me excited to read The Winner's Crime.4. The writing was beautiful.5. Short, but really sweet.Check out my full review on my blog!