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Middle Grade Fiction 241
Plucky Princesses, Plagues, and Prowess
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Reader reviewed by Hana

The Two Princesses of Bamarre is the story of two sisters, Meryl and Adelina. Adelina is timid, but talented one while her sister Meryl is brave and strong. Their father is the king who pays little attention to them. Their mother, the Queen died from the Gray Death when they were babies. The Gray Death is a plague that afflicts many in the Kingdom of Bamarre and anyone that gets it, dies. Meryl vows to become a warrior princess when she is older to restore safety throughout Bamarre, because dragons, specters, gryphons, and giants do present many dangers. When Meryl is suddenly afflicted with the Gray Death, Adelina is terrified she will lose her sister so she faces her fears and tells her nurse that she is leaving as well as Rhys, the kind new sorcerer that is staying at the castle. They each give her gifts to help her on her journey and she is off. She's afraid of spiders, but she fights many monsters in the hope that she can fulfill the prophecy "the Gray Death will be cured when cowards find courage and rain falls over all Bamarre."

This book was great, because it was so easy to identify with the characters. I loved the suspense, there are times when you will gasp in terror and others where you want to cry. It is does not go overboard in the fantasy genre, but is so believable and captivating. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good read!
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