The Thirteenth Princess, by Diane Zahler
Zita is the youngest of thirteen sisters, and a daughter of the king. But the king had always wanted a son. So, when Zita’s mother died in her childbirth, the king blamed Zita and banished her to the servants’ quarters. But when Zita learns of her heritage, she begins to form relationships with her sisters. Then suddenly, the elder twelve princesses fall ill, and Zita must discover the truth behind her sisters’ failing health before they waste away.
Based on the Grimm’s tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Zahler gives her own twist to the magical fairy tale. Zita is an enchanting character, good natured and craving love from her family. Zita’s confidants are the stable boy Breckin and a hospitable witch, hidden in the woods. Even with a familiarity with the original tale, it’s easy to get caught up in the suspense and mystery of the story.
Zahler is an incredibly talented writer, weaving a wonderful tale of magic, love, and courage. A beautiful story with charming characters and plenty of heart, this fantastic story can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Don’t miss this captivating fairy tale.