Reviewed by Catherine V. (age 10)
I enjoyed reading this book because it wasn't a typical "princess fantasy", where the prince saves the princess. Instead the princess must save her sister, and in turn, she saves the kingdom. She proves to herself, and the reader, that she can be strong and brave when she has to be. My favorite part of the story was when Princess Addie was captured by Vollys, the oldest dragon in Bamarre, and she escaped! Gail Carson Levine has written other fantasy books (like "Ella Enchanted") which have a main character that is a young girl who finds her strength and courage when faced with a challenge. This was an exciting story to read, and made me feel like I could be stronger and braver than I think I am.
I would recommend this book to kids ages 10 and up, who enjoy fantasy stories about kingdoms, dragons and brave princesses.