Monday, 5 January 2009

Stepsister Scheme - Book Review

And They Lived Happily Ever After.

The Beginning...

... Of a great new series by the author of the Goblin trilogy, Jim Hines. The story opens with Danielle (Cinderella) three months after her marriage to the prince and still more comfortable with the idea of getting the stains out of clothing than addressing her subjects. When one of her evil stepsisters, angry over losing HER prince, tries to assassinate Danielle, she learns that she's not the only princess who's fairytale has been wildly exaggerated. Or completely mistold. Enter Emrildale (Snow White) and Talia (Sleeping Beauty). Together they must find Danielle's kidnapped prince and rescue him from her stepsister's scheme.

Using elements and characters from several fairy tales - you may not recognize them all at first - and showing realistic consequences to storybook actions, the Stepsister Scheme is an excellent read.

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