The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Blurb: When plague strikes Bamarre, Princess Addie must fulfill an ancient prophecy.
By Gail Carson Levine
Brave and adventurous, Princess Meryl dreams of fighting dragons and protecting the kingdom of Bamarre. Shy and fearful, Princess Addie is content to stay within the safety of the castle walls. The one thing that the sisters share is their unwavering love for each other.
The tables are turned, however, when the Gray Death leaves Meryl fatally ill. To save her sister, meek Princess Addie must find the courage to set out on a dangerous quest filled with dragons, unknown magic, and death itself. Time is running out, and the sisters' lives—and the future of the kingdom of Bamarre—hang in the balance.
Genres: Juvenile/YA, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Published: March 20, 2001
Series: Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (second book)
My Rating: 5 stars!
I didn't think that Gail Carson Levine could write anything more spectacular than Ella Enchanted. I'm not going to say that The Two Princesses of Bamarre was better than Ella Enchanted, but it definitely was as good as it.
Addie and Meryl had such a great relationship. I loved reading about them, and how Addie was willing to risk her life to save her sister from the Gray Death.
Rhys...sigh. Oh, Rhys. He's a very attractive sorceror, and I loved him! Gail Carson Levine created a romance that wasn't cheesy or over the top romantic, but was very sweet and great to read.
It was refreshing to read a fairy tale that hadn't been written before, because I had no idea how it would end! I was very impressed with the ending, as well. It was unexpected, but satisfying.
The monsters in here are also pretty fun to learn about. THe specters, the gryphons, the ogres, and the dragons were all portrayed in a new way, and some I hadn't even read of before!
All together, I gave this five stars because it is an amazing, original tale that kept my interest. It has a good chance of becoming one of my all-time favorites!