Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Aza, who lives in the kingdom of Ayortha, where everyone sings, is ugly, but she has a beautiful voice. When she is 15, she learns how to throw her voice and calls this skill illusing. Aza winds up at the castle for the king's wedding, befriends the new queen who cannot sing well and is bribed into illusing a lovely voice for queen Ivi.
Aza finds a magic mirror and beauty potion, but learns that the prince loves the way she looked before she took the potion. Embroilled in the plot of the evil magic mirror, Aza learns that beauty without does not equal beauty within. This is a lovely story that is loosely based on the story of Snow White.