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"Marriott notes Andersen?s ?The Wild Swans? as her inspiration, but the novel is entirely her own, full of narrative power and magic." ? BOOKLIST
When Alexandra?s mother is slain by an unnatural beast, shadows fall on the once-lush kingdom. Too soon the widowed king is entranced by a cunning stranger ? and in one chilling moment Alexandra?s beloved brothers disappear, and she is banished to a barren land. Rich in visual detail, sparked by a formidable evil, and sweetened with familial and romantic love, here is the tale of a girl who discovers powerful healing gifts ? and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom.