Levine, Gail Carson. Fairest.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

LEVINE, Gall Carson. Fairest. HarperCollins. 326p. c2006. 978-0-06-0734-10-7. $6.99. J S

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2006: Over 300 pages of rather challenging fantasy, with motifs we all recognize: a mirror that reflects beauty and talks; gnomes who live in caves; a king; a prince; a girl who doesn't know who her real parents are; a shallow but beautiful queen. Levine adds many original ideas, especially that of the importance of singing. The main character is NOT the fairest. She is Aza, with intelligence, a kind heart and a beautiful voice, but she looks awkwardly different from everyone else. When the king falls ill, his young wife grabs as much power as she can grab, threatening to turn a benevolent kingdom into a tyranny. She pulls Aza in with her, holding over Aza the well being of the parents who lovingly raised Aza as...

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