From the Newbery Medal–winning author of The Hero and the Crown: the story of a princess who flees her father’s unwanted attention and finds an unexpected new life.
Princess Lissla Lissar is the only child of the king and his queen, who was the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. Everyone loved the splendid king and his matchless queen so much that no one had any attention to spare for the princess, who grew up in seclusion, listening to the tales her nursemaid told about her magnificent parents.
But the queen takes ill of a mysterious wasting disease and on her deathbed extracts a strange promise from her husband: “I want you to promise me . . . you will only marry someone as beautiful as I was.”
The king is crazy with grief at her loss, and slow to regain both his wits and his strength. But on Lissar’s seventeenth birthday, two years after the queen’s death, there is a grand ball, and everyone present looks at the princess in astonishment and whispers to their neighbors, How like her mother she is!
On the day after the ball, the king announces that he is to marry again—and that his bride is the princess Lissla Lissar, his own daughter.
Lissar, physically broken, half mad, and terrified, flees her father’s lust with her one loyal friend, her sighthound, Ash. It is the beginning of winter as they journey into the mountains—and on the night when it begins to snow, they find a tiny, deserted cabin with the makings of a fire ready-laid in the hearth.
Thus begins Lissar’s long, profound, and demanding journey away from treachery and pain and horror, to trust and love and healing.
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Yay! Robin Mckinley!
I haven't read this one yet, but I've read Rose Daughter, and it is my favorite! Here's hoping that this one is just as good!
Fluidity was a minor issue. Rambles in the beginning and more fast-paced at the end, but still a beautiful and poetic story. Loved it.
YAY YAY YAY YAY OMG ITS DIGITAL
Ok you guys don't know. You don't even know HOW LONG I've wanted this on digital- were talking I read this in.....oh geez 2005 ok? Ya. I was dying for this to come out and here it is!
Read it! No really buy it. Read it, cry, scream, and fall in love with this book.