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The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre

(The Two Princesses of Bamarre #0)

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In this compelling and thought-provoking fantasy set in the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Newbery Honor-winning author Gail Carson Levine introduces a spirited heroine who must overcome deeply rooted prejudice—including her own—to heal her broken country.

Peregrine strives to be the Latki ideal—and to impress her parents: affectionate Lord Tove, who despises only
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ebook, 416 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by HarperCollins
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Gail Levine Halina's motives are opaque, even to me, but Perry used the hair with the Kyngoll--though I don't want to give away much about that. Later, it helps w…moreHalina's motives are opaque, even to me, but Perry used the hair with the Kyngoll--though I don't want to give away much about that. Later, it helps with the Kyngoll again, in a minor way.(less)

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Wren (fablesandwren)
I liked this!



Peregrine strives to live up to the ideal of her people, the Latkis. They are all about strength and war and nothing about the arts and the comforts like those STUPID Bamarres. They have concurred those weak-minded worthless people and have made them their servants and have put them in their spots: under their feet.

Peregrine has grown up this way and has never thought about those with the green tassels on their heads. All she has known is her Latki father Lord Tove and her Latki mo
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Elle (ellexamines)
What is it about Gail Carson Levine's writing that is so enjoyable? I don't know. But I always love her novels, despite the fact that there's not much particularly special about this one.

I can't help but compare this to masterpieces like Fairest, Ella Enchanted, andThe Two Princesses of Bamarre. I have to admit, I'm not sure it holds up. It's good, but there's nothing setting it apart. Of course, I should be fair: some of that disappointment comes from my nostalgia.

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre
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Mary H
Jan 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE ISN'T JUST MY FAVORITE GCL BOOK, IT IS ALSO ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS *EVER*. THE FACT THAT I HAVE ANOTHER BAMARRE BOOK IN MY HANDS IS JUST THE BEST FEELING. SORRY FOR THE ALL CAPS. I JUST HAVE ZERO CHILL AT THE MOMENT.
Serethiel ☽ ✨
That cover... Oh my stars, that cover is gorgeous! It reminds me of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. <3 ...more
Kate Willis
Gail Carson Levine wrote another book!!! From her Goodreads account, I knew a little bit about this book, but I forgot to pin down the release date so it was a nice surprise to find it at the library.

*takes a moment to admire the pretty cover*

It’s probably already obvious, but this is a Rapunzel retelling. And the first one I’ve read that realistically portrayed what it would be like to have that much hair. XD Seriously, though, as always, this author had a fresh and surprising take on the clas
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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
*screams*

*screams some more*

*still screaming*
Pauline
I'm SCREAMING LMAO gail carson levine wrote a prequel 16 years later and recast the male-centered legends* in two princesses of bamarre (a book I LOVE) into a female-centric story that deals well with oppression of and prejudice against an entire people, digs into adoptive, biological, and found families, all narrated by a girl with a sword that didn't feel second-wave at all. NICE

* so much so that I literally whisper-screamed DRUALT BARELY DID SHIT at the end, though I know he'll go on to kill
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sophie.connects.the.dots (on hiatus)
Wow.

I might like this story even better than Ella Enchanted.

I feel like, also, as the years go on, Gail Carson Levine just keeps getting better and better at writing, which is impressive, because she was already so good from the beginning!

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Kate
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this! Such a great prequel to The Two Princesses of Bamarre and subtle Rapunzel retelling!

I've always loved Gail Carson Levine's writing, especially Fairest and Ella Enchanted!

Loved this book!
R.F. Gammon
Not as good as most Levine books, but did a great job setting up Two Princesses. Drualt was a character. <3 3.5 stars ...more
Stephanie Ricker
I haven't heard any Gail Carson Levine in ages--maybe 20 years? Rereading her other works beforehand would've no doubt made me appreciate this book more, but since this is a prequel anyway, I didn't feel the lack too much. This was a sweet, fun story with great character development and a surprisingly nuanced view of slavery and slaveholders, considering the young middle-grade audience. I wasn't transported, but I did enjoy the tale (and the audiobook narrator, who did a lovely job).
Peace
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much that I really don't want to give it back to the library.

When I saw this book was coming out I was ecstatic, The Two Princesses of Bamarre has been an all time favorite of mine since I was little, so I was naturally very excited to return to that world, even in an earlier setting with little character overlap.

I didn't think it would be possible for Gail Carson Levine to write a book that could live up to my childhood favorite, but she did not disappoint.

Pretty much im
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Terrie
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gail Carson Levine is one of my favorite fantasy writers. I was riveted to this story from page 1. I loved the character of Lady Mother, even though she stole the Bamarre children. The other characters were well developed as well. Just enough magic to keep it hopeful, and a bit of humor thrown in as well, I was cheering for Perry and wondering how she would overcome her troubles. It played out very well, was exciting, and not anticipated.
Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
Heeeyyy, I’m back!! I feel bad I just kind of vanished from the blogosphere for a while without telling anyone, but I was pretty overwhelmed with real life and needed some extra time to catch up for a little bit! (I was also too lazy to announce it.) But I’m so glad to be back now that my life is a little more organized :D.


It was hard not to feel a little nervous going into this book. Gail Carson Levine was my favorite author for years when I was little, and I read and loved all her books. Faire
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✜ ipek⁷
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
*3.75/5
This was definitely a solid read, and I would really recommend giving this book a read!
Annie
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve really been backlogged on my reviews. The bar exam is killing me, guys.

I enjoyed this one. It can’t hold a candle to the companion book (which came out SEVENTEEN YEARS before this one did), The Two Princesses of Bamarre, which is one of the most heartfelt, sincere, and humble YA books I’ve ever read. But it was a good yarn nonetheless.

Speaking of Two Princesses—GCL says on her website that there’s one character in both books ((view spoiler)
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Perry is the adopted daughter of Lakti noble parents, but her real parents are Bamarre servants. Her true bloodline is kept a secret, because the Bamarre people are considered inferior and cowardly. The fairy Halina visits Perry and urges her to embrace her true heritage and free the Bamarre people from Lakti tyranny. With the help of a magic tablecloth, seven-league boots, and a perfect disguise, Perry plunges into espionage and rebellion. But can she ever escape her Lakti upbringing and be acc ...more
Emily
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine is a middlegrade fantasy telling loosely based on Rapunzel. It is set in the same land as The Two Princesses of Bamarre but takes place long before those princesses were born. The main character is Peregrine (Perry), a young girl of the noble class. Her kingdom is fighting against the people of Bamarre, and Perry, like most of the others, believes those poeple to be of a lower class. What will it take for her to change her opinion - and turn the ...more
Courtney
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, dear Gail Carson Levine, for another winsome fantasy novel! The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre is a prequel to The Two Princesses of Bamarre (which I read when I was younger and loved), but it stands alone. The writing style was impeccable and captivating the whole way through, and the characters were multi-dimensional and well-developed, each with some mystery, faults, and sympathy (from the reader). There was realistic pain without gore. I found myself caught up in the world described and ...more
Charlotte
I was gonna give this one star (only for gail carson levine would i have trudged through such an awful book) but then i looked in the mirror and realized maybe it's my fault for reading books meant for ages 8-12. and maybe i'll just have to accept that nothing will ever be as good as ella enchanted.
Maryam
This was pretty good.
Very much like its sister.
I recommend you read before “the Two Princesses of Bamarre”

This book irked me as well seeing how the two kingdoms fought and how the lakti treated the bamarre. Ugh it disgusted me.

I felt it was much more thought out and had a better plot than it’s former.
I hope there are more continuations!
Kaelyn
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. I really liked it and the ending makes you feel happy inside. I love the character of Perry and her character and Willem and Lady Mother and Drualt are all so awesome! This books makes you feel happy, sad, mad, joyful, and just leaves you with hope and goodness for the Bamarre.
Great read for any fairy tale or fantasy lover! :D
Churin
May 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
Oh my God T_T
My favorite childhood book got a prequel??
Please let me have it PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
Emmalee Ellsworth
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it as much as the first time I read it!!!
Leanne Riegel
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some of my favorite cover art of all time. Oh, and a good story too. A classic strong female heroine, with just enough flaws to be relatable. The two cultures were caricatured at first, but traits of each were ultimately found in the other, with them coming together at the end. The really hard work of reconciliation would begin after the book ended, but that's a story for another time.
Madison
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Achingly gorgeous, this is a tale of courage, family, love, loyalty, and a dangerous quest for freedom.

The name Gail Carson Levine evokes strong memories - my first discovery of her beautiful stories, an eternal love for her wonderful characters, sharing her books with other readers, and rereading the tales many, many times over. Of all her books, The Two Princesses of Bamarre was always my favourite, so let's just say I was completely thrilled that there was to be a new book, a prequel to this
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LJF
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: levine, favorites
Out of a land laid waste
To a land untamed,
Monster ridden,
The lad Drualt led
A ruined, ragtag band.
In his arms, tenderly,
He carried Bruce,
The child king,
First ruler of Bamarre."

-from Drault, the epic featured in The Two Princess of Bamarre

Many centuries before Princess Addie went on a quest to save her sister. and long before Drualt and King Bruce created the kingdom of Bamarre in the monster-ridden land it is today, Bamarre did exist, in a kingdom hidden behind the Eskern mountains. But when mons
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Anna Bright
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This all the elements of a great middle grade story-- a smart, tough girl protagonist, with a hero's journey to conquer and some serious questions about her family, friends, and place in the world. Plus a teeeeensy bit of [super age-appropriate, non-story-dominating] romance.
As a bonus, the book deals very seriously with the issue of prejudice-- disconnected from real-world specifics and from factors like physical appearance or race. The Lakti and the Bamarre are two different nationalities, wit
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Elinor  Loredan
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This one has a very different feel than Levine's previous books. Lost Kingdom is a lot more violent and grim, whereas the danger in her other books is balanced by warmth and magic. I sometimes wanted to stop reading to avoid the grimness. Nonetheless, I enjoyed watching Perry change her view of the Bamarre and try to emulate their culture. I also deeply relate to her need to please those close to her, and I loved references to Two Princesses of Bamarre: Drault as a child, the seven league boots, ...more
Lisa Dawn
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's no secret that I am a big fan of Gail Carson Levine's work. I read all of her books when I was in high school and college. Just a few months ago, she published a prequel to The Two Princesses of Bamarre. I haven't read that book in many years, so my memory of it is vague, but there were some magical items in The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre that I recalled from The Two Princesses of Bamarre such as the boots that travel seven leagues in a single step and the table cloth that can create infinite ...more
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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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