Series: Fairy Tale Princesses #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 1st 2011
Number of Pages: 192
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
Twelve-year-old Lilia is not a very good servant. In fact, she's terrible! She daydreams, she breaks dishes, and her cooking is awful. Still, she hardly deserves to be sold off to the mean-spirited miller and his family. Refusing to accept that dreadful fate, she decides to flee. With her best friend, Kai, and his sister, Karina, beside her, Lilia heads north to find the family she's never known. But danger awaits. . . .
As their quest leads the threesome through the mysterious and sinister Bitra Forest, they suddenly realize they are lost in the elves' domain. To Lilia's horror, Kai falls under an enchantment cast by the Elf King's beautiful daughter. The only way for Lilia to break the spell and save Kai is to find a jewel of ancient power that lies somewhere in the North Kingdoms. Yet the jewel will not be easy to find. The castle where it is hidden has been overrun with princess hopefuls trying to pass a magical test that will determine the prince's new bride. Lilia has only a few days to search every inch of the castle and find the jewel—or Kai will be lost to her forever.
I loved how devoted Lilia, Kai and Karina were to each other. Even though Lilia was basically adopted (found floating down the river in a basket as a baby), they all love each other like siblings.
I was expecting the reveal about who Lilia’s parents were, but it was still interesting to find out how she was lost all those years ago. There was a good bit of world building for such a short book. I liked the elves, Odin and the Wild Hunt. I also liked the bit about the Royal Beds.
There is a tiny hint of romance for Lilia, but not until the very end of the book. And it’s one of those, blink and you’ll miss it type of things. I really liked this take on The Princess And The Pea, and I hadn’t realized that’s what it was until part way through the book.
I will definitely be reading more by this author, and I highly recommend this retelling.