The Two Princesses of Bamarre 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.
“An endeavor undertaken in the fullness of need is its own imperative.”
The Two Princesses of Bamarre takes place from the perspective of Princess Addie, a heroine that is totally relatable to early and pre-teen bookworms prone to fangirling (hello, not-so-past self). Addie feels unassuming compared to her sister, Meryl, who is fearless and ready for adventures just like the hero of Bamarre legend, Drualt. While Addie has a lot of room for growth, she’s not without her strengths— which are apparent from the beginning of the story even though she doesn’t recognize them for herself.
…while the outside world was full of danger, I knew my interior.
I was certain that I could oust an intruder there.
My favorite part about The Two Princesses of Bamarre was the legends, poems, and folklore that were woven in throughout the story. They added a lot of cultural richness, and also provided a unique secondary storyline that you had to piece together along the way.
⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢ FOUR STARS
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