From beloved house author E. D. Baker comes the first book in a middle-grade series about a princess who's more than what she seems-and the kingdom whose fate rests in her hands.
Aislin of Eliasind is more than just a princess -- she's half-fairy and half-pedrasi, with magical gifts from each side of her heritage!
One day, as Aislin is venturing through the woods, she is alarmed to hear a band of humans coming through. How did they get past the guarded magical passageway that leads to her hidden kingdom? Mistaken for a human herself, Aislin is captured, and soon realizes she's in even bigger trouble--she's being used as a pawn to help the king of this nearby kingdom, Morrain, find a secret passageway to the warring land of Scarmander, so he can capture his enemies by surprise. Aislin must find a way to break free, while also minding the beautiful human princess and ladies-in-waiting she now shares a castle with, who are all too ready to point out her differences. Thankfully, Aislin's inner strength goes beyond her magical qualities. And with a few loyal friends by her side, she's ready to stand up for herself and her kingdom once and for all.
A classic and original fairy-tale that celebrates beauty and goodness in all its shapes and sizes, More than a Princess will resonate with readers who love magic, suspense, girl power, and adventure.
Don't miss the sequel, Power of a Princess!
And look for these other magical series by E.D. Baker:
Tales of the Frog Princess
The Wide-Awake Princess
The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker
More Than a Princess
Magic Animal Rescue
Aislin is all magical creature half fairy and half pedrasi and she is the princess of Eliasind, a magical kingdom and diverse court where all fey are welcome. When a band of humans passes unexpectedly into the hidden kingdom, Aislin worries that they will shatter the peace of Eliasind; pretending to be human, she convinces the invading contingent to leave, going with them in an act of sacrifice. Once in the human kingdom, Aislin must figure out how to move through the Magic Gate so that she can find a way home while navigating the human court's intrigue. Integral to Aislin's story is her acceptance of her mixed heritage and her willingness to speak up when she's being harassed about her appearance, which doesn't fit humans' typical standards of beauty. Baker's messages about self-acceptance, standing up for oneself, and the importance of inclusion and diversity are a bit heavy-handed, but Aislin's journey to self-acceptance is rewarding, and readers will easily draw parallels between Aislin's world and their own. Ages 8 12.