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The Two Princesses of Bamarre
by Gail Carson Levine 1535/396 first published 2002
Fantasy and Magic for ages 9 to 14 published by Collins Voyager
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.19, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
A story of two sisters, one brave and one shy, who must overcome all their fears when their very lives are threatened by an evil death!
What happens?
In a magical land of elves, sorcerers, dragons and monsters, two princesses grow up. Meryl is brave and longs to fight with swords and banish evil from Bamarre. Her sister Addie is shy and afraid of everything, especially losing her stronger sister Meryl. However when it is Meryl who is struck down by the evil Grey Death, it is Meryl who must find her inner bravery and set out on a quest to find a cure for her sister. Along the way she must face ogres, spectres, gryphons and dragons if she is to succeed in her quest!
Is it easy to read?
Girls particularly will enjoy this.
Anything else?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It reminded me a little of Diana Wynne Jones and you know how much I like her books! The story is original and gripping, it is well thought out and holds your attention. The feelings of Addie and her sister are real and it is very easy to get caught up in their desperate plight. An excellent follow-on from Ella Enchanted.
Other books by Gail Carson Levine include Ella Enchanted.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Princess Meryl and Princess Addie, two sisters as close as can be, are growing up in a world full of magic. When their mother dies of the terrible Grey Death, a mysterious illness for which there is no known cure, they must look after each other. Addie looks to Meryl for inspiration - her brave, lively sister, full of dreams to emulate the epic adventures of the legendary hero, Drualt. But then Meryl succumbs to the unmistakable symptoms of the Grey Death herself. Addie knows that she must go out and find a cure. She will have to face ogres, spectres, gryphons and dragons along the way. Can she really find the courage for the epic task ahead?
And what do you think?
Sara, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
From the moment I saw this book sitting on the bookshop's shelf, I was intrigued. Not only by the beautiful hardback edition, but by the author, Gail Carson Levine. An author I have never lost faith in since Ella Enchanted. In this book, I was impressed n More...
Breanne, Tecumseh High
This book was absolutelly stupendous. It stirred up my imagination and made me want to write a fantasy myself. I always expected that Meryl would get the gray death but the ending threw me for a surprise. The way Addie grew braver as she continued on her More...
Myrnalyn, Corporate Landing Middle School
Well, I really haven't read it yet but my best friend has that book.. She said it is great and fascinating and adventourus! Oh and for my birthday which is coming up in November 21,2002 i am turning 12 can you send me the book please? More...
This book was great except, I think they should make a second book theres so much you could do to carry on the story. They endded it and had no book to continue so the ending was bad and if you can email or wright Gail Carson Levine tell her to wright ano More...
Jane, Plaverita Junior High/ Newhall, CA
I LOVE THIS ENCHANTING, CLEVER, and BEAUTIFUL BOOK!!! I thought it was one of the lovliest books I've ever read. This story contains love, hate, bravery, and a great ending! Well, maybe the ending was a bit weird, but thats because I want a PERFECT ending More...
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