I picked this book up because of a recomendation from my librarian. Its rather interesting, and its mysterious. It mixes a bit of Norse culture in it. If your a fantasy book lover then you probably would like this book. The main character is female, although I think males could stand to read it if they tried.
Its about a girl who wasn't named because her mother was so sick of having female children. Most of her sibling refer to her as the "pika," (meaning "girl" in Norse) however, her brother, Hans Peter, calls her "lass." They live in Christiana, a Christian based country(who would have guessed?) The lass aquires the ability to talk to animals after meeting a white reigndeer, who grants her a name. This also leads to her being taken by a gigantic bear(there was a norse name for this bear, but I can't spell it), and he asks her to live in his palace of ice for at least one year. She agrees to this in the condition that her family would get wealthy, and that her wolf can come with her to the ice palace.
Like I said before, this book is very interesting.