The Ice Queen

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The Ice Queen
Author Alice Hoffman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical Fiction
Published January 3, 2006 (Back Bay Books)
Media type Print
Pages 224 pages
ISBN 0316154385
Text The Ice Queen at Wikisource

The Ice Queen is a novel by Alice Hoffman, published by Vintage Books in 2006.[1]

Wishes... burn your tongue the moment they're spoken and you can never take them back.

—The Ice Queen


Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters and idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds himhe is opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches.

[1]Alice Hoffman The Ice Queen Summary

Plot summary[edit]

The Ice Queen is a nameless woman who makes a wish as an eight-year old child that ruins her life. She grows up cold and unfriendly until, as she stands by her kitchen window, she is struck by a bolt of lightning. She survives but is changed, as if she is made of ice. She can also no longer see the color red. She hears of a man called Lazarus Jones, who also survived being struck by lightning, and is reputed to have a heart and soul made of fire. He came back to life being dead for forty minutes. They embark on a turbulent love affair whilst trying to hide their secrets - how one became full of fire and the other became made of ice.


  1. ^ "The Ice Queen Synopsis". Alice Hoffman. 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 

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