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The Two Princesses of Bamarre

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  43,111 ratings  ·  1,695 reviews
Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their govern ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Eos (first published March 1st 2001)
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Dec 03, 2013 HeavyReader rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls who are into those wimpy Disney princesses and anyone who wants to read a good adventure
Shelves: young-adult
This book is so good!

It did take me a while to get into it. The first half or so of the book is kind of slow going. Two sisters. One is bold. One is shy. Yawn.

But then in the middle, when the shy sister has to leave the castle to save her beloved sister's life, it gets REALLY exciting. Specters. Gryphons. Dragons. Battles. WOW! I could hardly put it down at that point.

There's also a story within a story, a legend of the kingdom, and it is as well done as the main story.

The almost end had me bawl
Sabrina Stoutamyer
This book is one of the first fantasy novels I ever read. It's one I loved from beginning to end, and it's one that I never tire of reading over and over again. It's the only book I've read more times than I can count on my one hand and several more on the other. This is an awesome read with great morals about finding courage in a world that is against you doing so. It's about family and the beauty of being there for each other, even if you're not quiet the same. It's got poetry, dragons, action ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Feb 16, 2008 Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Ella Enchanted
I love this book!!! Even though Ella Enchanted is Gail Carson Levine's most well-known book, I think that The Two Princesses of Bamarre is her best book. It's really exciting, but also well-written. If you love Ella Enchanted, this is the book for you.
This book was really cute! It's written in the first person, which was a change, as few of the books I read are, and the protagonist of the story is Princess Addie, a sweet but cowardly girl who couldn't be more different than her sister, Meryl. Princess Meryl is courageous and longs for adventures where she can kill dragons, gryphons, and ogres. Addie would rather stay safe at home and wishes for peace, not wars like her sister. The two are even opposites in appearance. Addie has dark brown hai ...more
Sydney Cornwall
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Naomi Brist
I've grown up with this story. To say that it has had an impact on my life is an incredible and unforgivable understatement. Everyone knows this author because of Ella Enchanted, but I believe that this book is much, much greater. It has romance, monsters, action, magic, and adventure; all things that people look for and enjoy in a good book. But what really makes this story great is not any of those things. What makes it great is how a young woman who is afraid of everything ventures out into a ...more
Sep 19, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 12 And Up
Shelves: fantasy
Cute and funny (like all of Gail Carson Levine's books! :D)!!

Gail Carson Levine here creates a fairy tale of her own and gives it a characteristic grrrl-power twist. Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a
dragons, ogers ,fairies this book is evrything!
Stephanie Jobe
I did exactly what my mother told me not to do last night, stay up late and read a book all the way through. I have been in a reading slump for a while having drowned in children’s books this semester and my adult book well I started it in the summer and am about halfway through. I thought a quick something I’ve really wanted to read would get me back in the groove. Addie is afraid of everything. Her sister Meryl is the brave one who protects her. Then the tables are turned and Addie must take u ...more
Hayley Larson
Gail Carson Levine captivated me once again with her tale, "the Two Princesses of Bamarre." This was also one of my favorite books in middle school and I read it more than once. I could really connect with the story because I also have a sister who I would do anything for and even though we are different, we get along and really help each other out. As you may have guessed the story tells about two sisters whose father rules over the kingdom of Bamarre which for some time has been plagued with t ...more
At first, I thought that since this book was going to be too princess-y, and medieval time-ish, I asked myself, "Why bother?"

My conscious had told me, "Suck it up and read it fool. You'll like it. You always like princesses, now."

And I did. Like it, I mean. This wonderful, original story has been on of my favorites. I loved it! I don't remember much, but I do remember about the princess thinking she was frail, weak, not strong at all like the older one, going on a bunch of journeys. She had
Feb 12, 2012 Jami rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jami by: Shandi
I liked this book. It was a fairly fast-paced, fun adventure. Two sisters, the princesses of the kingdom of Bamarre, at first glance appear to be very different. Meryl is brave and desperate for adventure. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful of everything, particularly of losing her sister.

What transpires is that Addie must embark on an adventure to save her sister. She discovers her own courage, and in the end works with a small group of brave Bamarrians to save the day.

I liked the descriptio
I read this book first when I was a little kid, sometime between fourth and fifth grade, I think. It was one of the most influential books of my childhood, so it only made sense that I reread all grown up as I am.

It wasn't as stunning as I remember it being when I was a kid, but it was still really amazing. The story-telling and the feeling in the book was something that you don't find in some of the 'finer' books of this time. And maybe it was more because of my nostalgia than because of the po
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A person needs to be very familiar with mystical creatures to enjoy this book. I started to read this with my kids and since my children and I are new at these fantasy books we don't like the ones that throw all sorts of creatures out there without giving a description of the beast.
Okay I absolutely love Gail Carson Levine! I get so hooked into her books and I can't put them down. I love fairy tales and she doesn't disappoint me ever! I loved the characters and felt emotion for them. This is another great one.
Probably one of my favorite books ever! I cried a lot at the end... but it was really good...
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I've heard nothing but fantastic things about Gail Carson Levine, but for some reason I had it in my head that she wrote "simple" stories. Maybe they were good, but I just wasn’t expecting all that much from them. My only exposure had been watching the movie Ella Enchanted (cute, but nothing amazing) and one of her fairy short stories (again, cute, but forgettable). Granted, not a fair account, but that’s where I was. I had picked up this copy at a garage sale and finally decided to read it (ful ...more
I was given "The Two Princesses of Bamarre" as a birthday present and at first I was skeptical about reading it but when I finally sat down and opened it, I was hugely impressed. I loved that book and I have read it five times so far. It appealed to me because I like fantasy and I am a feminist, so I was mentally cheering Addie on when she left for her quest to find the cure for the Gray Death.
I have always been a lot like Addie, artistic and clever but shy and worrying. So when she started to b
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I didn't think that Gail Carson Levine could write anything more spectacular than Ella Enchanted. I'm not going to say that The Two Princesses of Bamarre was better than Ella Enchanted, but it definitely was as good as it.

Addie and Meryl had such a great relationship. I loved reading about them, and how Addie was willing to risk her life to save her sister from the Gray Death.

Rhys...sigh. Oh, Rhys. He's a very attractive sorceror, and I loved him! Gail Carson Levine created a romance that wasn
V.K. Finnish
The Two Princesses of Bamarre is told from the viewpoint of sixteen-year-old Princess Addie of the kingdom of Bamarre. She is the meek younger sister of brave, warrior-spirited Princess Meryl. Besides ogres and spirits, the biggest danger in the land is the Gray Death, a disease that randomly plagues people throughout the kingdom and for which no one has found a cure. When the disease strikes right in the very heart of Princess Addie's world, she finds herself forced into a quest she never meant ...more
Molly Murphy
Ok, the whole book, the whole great book, was RUINED by the horrible ending.
First of all, I like that Meryl, the daring, adventurous, passionate one, was small. I love it when the small people are like that. Also, I love that Meryl was the oldest 'cause a lot of people protray the oldest as some wimpy, over-mature person who never gets into any adventures. Finally, the firstborn is the spitfire!
And then I liked the twists, that Addie had to go and conquer all of her fears and learn to be stron
Today I am mourning the loss of my overly-romantic youthful self. When I read this around ten years ago I really liked it. The phrase, "He cupped my chin in his hands and lifted it so that I had to look into his eyes" used to give me a thrill, no matter how many times I had read it (which was a lot). Now it makes me roll my eyes. The thrill is still there in the distant background, but mostly it's gone, which makes me a little sad, because those were fun and magical times.

The only character I li
Feb 16, 2010 Janeen-san rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This book is sooo good! I love how Gail Carson Levine can put so much emotion into such few words! She is also really good at character development,I got to know everyone in the story very, very well. This novel is so enchanting, she lures readers in with her amazing words and I kept on getting the Omg-what-is-going-to-happen-next feeling! This is the tale of two royal sisters who set out to find who they really are--is Addie really the cowardly one, and is Meryl really that brave? Find out in t ...more
I recently re-read this book as an adult (26yo) and I still love it. I'm amazed at how Levine is able to draw such a richly vivid world in such a relatively short amount of pages. Levine also writes wonderful female characters that girls (and women) can relate to. Though the story has romance, it is mostly about the love of two sisters, and how the love of family can inspire bravery in even the most cowardly of people. I also enjoy how the book doesn't discard Addie's more "feminie" traits... he ...more
Step follows step.
Hope follows courage.
Set your face towards danger.
Set your heart on victory.

This book was one of my favorites as a child. Princess Addie was a heroine with whom I could easily identify: the reluctant heroine, the one who thought she would never be able to weather adventures. And I read it so many times, and it shaped so much of my childhood imagination, that even coming back to it after a break of several years, it's both familiar and rousing. Basically, this is a story of two
Cullyn Royson
I read this book in late elementary school or early middle school. At 10 or 11 I was not particularly impressed by this novel, but might have liked it better had I read it at 7 or 8. This is a great middle grade book -- think 7 to 12 years old. A 13 and up reader will probably find the story too simple and the character development predictable. The slight twist ending is creative, so a younger reader will probably not be bored. This story is full of good messages and positive relationships.
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Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and began writing seriously in 1987. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Yo
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“Step follows step,
Hope follows Courage,
Set your face towards danger,
Set your heart on victory.”
“Drualt took Freya's warm hand,
Her strong hand,
Her sword hand,
And pressed it to his lips,
Pressed it to his heart.
Come with me,' he said.
Come with me to battle,
My love. Tarry at my side.
Stay with me
When battle is done.
Tarry at my side.
Laugh with me,
And walk with me
The long, long way.
Tarry with me,
My love, at my side.”
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