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The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
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Feb 10, 2011

it was amazing
Read in February, 2011

It would be easy to write this off as fairytale princesses as Charlie's Angels. But Jim C. Hines does an amazing job of telling the story behind the story and making you believe that maybe his version is the true one.

We meet Princess Danielle Whiteshore nee de Glas (also known as Cinderella). She has the strange ability to communicate with animals. As she adjusts to being a princess, she is attacked by her stepsister, Charlotte, and saved by the Queen's servant, Talia. In short order she learns that Talia (Sleeping Beauty) is one savvy warrior along with the Queen's other servant, Snow (as in White). She also learns that her husband, Prince Armand, has been kidnapped by her stepsisters (using magic) and they must undertake a perilous journey to Fairytown to rescue him.

As they meet trolls, fairies, wicked witches, and pixies, the princesses bond into a united front against all that is evil. We learn their back stories and cheer them on as they each face their worst fears. Jim C. Hines builds a world that is as believable and dangerous as anything created by the Brothers Grimm. You want to see more of these ladies and fortunately for us, this is the first book in a series. It does end happily ever after -- for now.
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