New in paperback, two households, both alike in dignity . . . each with a princess who must be wed, and quickly. Each princess has her own brand of magic in this classic fantasy-romance.
Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she's impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father's court. Marlissa 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 poweror the magicto 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?
"This intricately plotted fantasy is perfect for readers interested in stories of political intrigue."Booklist
"This is an engaging fantasy-romance with a fairy tale quality."Library Media Connection
Also available in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-60684-365-9) and e-book (ISBN: 978-1-60684-366-6) formats.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.