Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Robyn Mundy, the author of The Nature of Ice, lived and worked in Antarctica herself, and her depiction of the events in the story puts the reader squarely within the scenery of the area. Mundy relates the details of a landscape she knows well, which makes the book quite exciting to read.

The Nature of Ice tells the story of Freya Jorgensen who is joining an expedition to Antarctica as a photographer. Her plan is to trace Frank Hurley’s photographic journey of the region. She comes to understand the ways of nature and the beauty of the region, and along the way comes to terms with her own life and what she needs to be truly happy.

Freya works with Chad McGonigal, and they share a budding professional relationship. Freya’s journey is juxtaposed with the real journey of Frank Hurley’s to the region, and there are original photographs and diary entries from that historical expedition within the book. The beauty of the book comes in the attention to detail, and by the end of the book, the reader will feel as if he or she has actually been to Antarctica. I would recommend this book for readers of all ages.

Rating: 4/5

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Trafalgar Square Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.