Read for the 2011 YA Reading Challenge.
There are two princesses in Bamarre – the elder, Meryl, is the brave one, who wants nothing more than to fight Bamarre’s battles, while her younger sister Addie is much more timid, and depends on Meryl’s strength and protection.
Naturally, something terrible happens to Meryl, and it’s Addie who must set out alone, and barely prepared, to fight for her sister’s life. What she doesn’t know is that she is fighting for the lives of everyone in the kingdom.
This is fairly standard fairy tale trope with slightly different twists. It’s enjoyable, though I like the author’s Ella Enchanted better.