Title: The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 of 5)
Summary: When plague strikes Bamarre, Princess Addie must fulfill an ancient prophecy.
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.
My Review: I had listened to this book in the car with my mom and siblings multiple times when I was little and had loved it, but it wasn’t until one of my friends was talking about how amazing it was, that I decided I really needed to re-read it. So, when I got sick a couple days ago and needed a fun, easy, book to read, I picked up The Two Princesses of Bamarre…
The character development – and just the many, varied characters in general –within this book were captivating, and very realistic. Levine creates a really intricate fantasy/fairy tale world, and fascinating creatures in it.
The plot, though–the plot was amazing! I definitely liked it a lot more reading it again, as a teenager, because I could understand more depth in it. As a child it’s a fun, interesting fairy tale with lots of cool magical creatures; however, as a teenager, it was an enthralling, suspenseful, fascinating story, with so many different layers and meanings. I actually liked this book more than Ella Enchanted, surprisingly enough.
To Sum it up: A great fun-for-all-ages fairy tale about finding courage, and the true meaning of family and loyalty. Masterfully written, I would recommend The Two Princesses of Bamarre for ages 4+