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This first installment in what promises to be a compelling multi-volume saga is equal parts alternate history, adult fairy tale, and contemporary fantasy. A Massachusetts teenager's daydreams of really being a princess adopted by commoners turn out to be true, as she and her friends are inexplicably transported into an alternate Earth filled with magic and mayhem.
Miranda Popescu is just a regular kid growing up in a cozy college town in Berkshire County with her aunt and uncle. But when weird things start happening -- bizarre acts of vandalism, strange creatures lurking in the woods, etc. -- Miranda realizes that it's all somehow linked with her mysterious Roumanian lineage. With the help of her best friend, Andromeda, and a not-so-secret admirer named Peter, Miranda tries to unravel the mystery, only to be accosted by European youths who inform Miranda that she is actually the white tyger, a descendant of ancient royalty, and is destined -- if the prophecy holds true -- to lead corruption- and violence-plagued Roumania to freedom. The youths try to forcefully bring Miranda to their power-hungry, conjuring mistress, but something goes wrong, and the three friends find themselves in an 18th-century world where England doesn't exist, the Industrial Revolution never happened, paganism is the dominant religion, woolly mammoths roam North America, and Roumania is a European power on the verge of all-out war with Germany.
As darkly lyrical as it is thematically complex, this utterly unique novel practically demands to be read -- Harry Turtledove meets Hans Christian Andersen. Paul Goat Allen