Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys.
But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys - along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.
Throw Back Thursday is a post in which I talk about books that I loved and read as a child - and still remember fondly of today!
This is another prime example of my neglecting an author's most famous work in favor of others. Just like with Diana Wynne Jones, I didn't read Gail Carson Levine's most famous work, Ella Enchanted, until after I'd already devoured this one. I read it when I was either in sixth or seventh grade and I definitely remember relating to both Addie and Meryl. At that age, I was shy and timid, always reading and writing. I could see myself in Meryl a lot, who was sweet and loving and longed for adventure. And Addie was everything that I longed to be as well. I loved the idea of fighting with swords and going on great adventures. Add to the story a touch of romance and it had everything a young tween girl like me could've asked for.
My friend and I both really liked this story and preferred it over Ella Enchanted, oddly enough. One of the most amusing stories we have to tell about our childhood was when we attempted to make crowns like Addie and Meryl by trying to melt thin strips of lead together over the stove. Probably not the best idea - and it didn't really work - but you can't fault our creativity!
If you're looking for a fun, adventurous read, then make sure that you check The Two Princess of Bamarre out. You just might like it!