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Richly-imagined fantasy romance from the author of Princess and the Hound, a tale of two princesses—one with magic, one with none—who dare seek love in a world where real choice can never be theirs. For fans of Megan Whalen Turner, Catherine Fisher, and Cassandra Clare. 

Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she's impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father's court. Marissa adores the world of her island ...

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Overview

Richly-imagined fantasy romance from the author of Princess and the Hound, a tale of two princesses—one with magic, one with none—who dare seek love in a world where real choice can never be theirs. For fans of Megan Whalen Turner, Catherine Fisher, and Cassandra Clare. 

Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she's impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father's court. Marissa adores the world of her island home and feels she has much to offer when she finally inherits the throne from her wise, good-tempered father. The trouble is that neither princess has the power—or the magic—to rule alone, and if the kingdoms can be united, which princess will end up ruling the joint land? For both, the only goal would seem to be a strategic marriage to a man who can bring his own brand of power to the throne. But will either girl be able to marry for love? And can either of these two princesses, rivals though they have never met, afford to let the other live?

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With little objectionable content and plenty of magic, The Rose Throne will please many young adult readers looking for a fun summer read.” —Deseret News

"A story of two young women born to dangerous, powerful families...But they each have powers of their own, and terrible choices. Another great story from one of my favorite authors." —Orson Scott Card

"Not your standard-issue princess tale!... A tale of two princesses who come from very different courts and have very different powers. Both must navigate hazardous royal politics as they learn what it feels like to fall in love—and what they must sacrifice to stay alive." —Sharon Shinn, author of The Safe Keeper's Secret

"YA readers will love these strong, but very different princesses." —Jennifer Nielsen, author of The False Prince  

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Gr 7–10—Princess Ailsbet is the daughter of King Haikor, the tyrannical leader of Rurik, where the masculine taweyr magic is the law of the land. Issa is Princess of Weirland, the smaller, more peaceful neighboring island, where the feminine neweyr magic has long been allowed to flourish. In these two warring kingdoms, young men and women hope to develop the weyr of their own gender upon coming of age. But at 16, Ailsbet's masculine magic is revealed, and she must hide her true self from her father's cruel persecution of others like her. Can either Issa's neweyr, forbidden in Rurik, or Ailsbet's misplaced taweyr rescue the land from the king's oppressive rule, or will both be their undoing? Though intriguing and original in concept, the "weyrs" are unfortunately murkily illustrated. The narrative alternates between the heroines' points of view, but their voices are weakly defined, and identifying with them, or sometimes even following their stories, is challenging. This title will fall flat for fantasy fans, but the love triangle between Issa and Duke Kellin, Ailsbet's intended, might satisfy romance readers. The novel ends in a cliff-hanger, indicating intentions for a sequel, though little in this first installment will leave teens anxious for more. Fans of Gail Carson Levine's princess novels are clearly the target audience, but Ailsbet and Issa are not as likable or complex as the ladies of Ella Enchanted (1997) or Fairest (2006, both HarperCollins).—Danielle Kalan, The Abraham Joshua Heschel School, New York City
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A tale of two princesses and a fair amount of magic. Ailsbet is a princess of Rurik, and Marlissa--Issa--is a princess of Weirland, two island kingdoms not quite at war with each other. Issa is strong in neweyr, women's magic of the Earth and growing things; Ailsbet, who thought herself unweyr, without magic, turns out to be strong in taweyr, men's magic of blood, death and war. Taweyr in a woman makes her ekhono--tainted--and thus considered worthy of burning by Ailsbet's father, King Haikor, who rules capriciously and with the power of his own taweyr. However, he betroths her to Lord Umber of Weirland, and Ailsbet's younger brother to Issa, as the king hopes to combine both kingdoms under his own iron rule. For most of the book, the two princesses circle around each other; after 400 pages, there is a stopping point but no resolution. There's a certain amount of murderous violence and a small amount of kissing, both oddly passionless. What passion there is comes in Ailsbet's love for her flute and the making of music, which is delineated beautifully and boldly, as is the overwhelming response Ailsbet has to her taweyr in a hunt in which she takes down a stag. Talk about duty and honor, about laying aside one's feelings for the good of the kingdom and about not knowing one's self or one's companions dominates, though. It ends with one princess in exile and the other separated from her true love; whether there's a sequel to wrap up the dangling plotlines is unclear. Also unclear is whether readers will want it. (Fantasy. 11-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606843659
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mette Ivie Harrison has a PhD from Princeton Uni­versity and is the author of several novels for teens. She lives with her family in Utah. Visit her online at www.metteivieharrison.com.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    This is such an interesting book. There are many characters that

    This is such an interesting book. There are many characters that hold a lot of sway in how the story turns out. It is a well developed fantasy with feminist undertones. It surprised me that I didn't get irritated by this. But the author weaves it into the story in such a way that it doesn't feel preachy or awkward. In fact, many of those aspects make the book more interesting and give the characters life.

    The characters are diverse in their personalities, desires, and abilities. There are many different levels of danger, ambition, and motivation for each of them. Generally, they are likable, with the exception of the ones you are supposed to dislike. While Ailsbet's self-pity party does get annoying, she grows into herself and learns to control her own destiny as much as she can.

    The ending hints that this will become a series, and I can't wait to see where the story goes after this.

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