George, Jessica Day Princess of Glass.
Bloomsbury see St. Martins 2010 257p 16.99
978-1-59990-478-8 ms Fairy tales VG
Princess Poppy has survived the curse of the dancing slippers and, since the magic is no longer holding her family in thrall, she is sent to neighboring Breton and Seadown House to enjoy herself as she wished only to fall afoul of the evil witch Corley again. Princess Poppy has survived the curse of the dancing slippers and, since the magic is no longer holding her family in thrall, she is sent to neighboring Breton and Seadown House to enjoy herself as she wished. While there, she becomes close friends with Marianne, daughter of her hosts. When, in the traditions of the Empire of Ionia, the heirs to each province’s throne are sent to others to foster better relations and, perhaps, marriages, things begin to become much more difficult. Poppy has become interested in Christian, the Crowne Prince of Danelaw. However, following the traditions of Cinderella, the young servant girl Ellen has been seduced by the plans of the evil witch Corley and promised the Prince’s hand. Ellen had been the daughter of a noble who was beggared by gambling debts and was now a poor and very ineffectual servant. The Corley will, through her magic, make sure that Christian marries Ellen, destroy Poppy and her friends, and rule the kingdoms in their names. It will take all of Poppy’s magical knowledge and strength to bring the story to a successful conclusion for all. This is not simply a retelling of a fairy tale but a sprightly written and exciting adventure. It offers witty dialogue, appealing characters, and a convoluted plot that will entice readers to search out similar books. Fairytale Ogintz, Susan