Malva is the princess of Galnicia, destined to marry the Prince of Andemark. Or so her parents think. On the eve of her wedding, she escapes at dead of night from under her parents' noses, little realising that she is letting herself in for a life of peril and adventure, including being shipwrecked in a huge storm and captured as part of a harem.
Hugely visual, the book tells of the wonder of frozen steppes and oriental palaces, of sailing ships and treasure islands.
This is a book of drama, magic and excitement, where challenges have to be overcome, friendships cemented and hearts broken.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 02/04/2007
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780747577874
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Review by JRlibrary
This is a story of a princess destined for a marriage of convenience in order to strengthen her home country's alliance with neighbouring states. However, years of dreams and stories told by her faithful Archont feed a desire to escape and seek a new life in a mystical land known only as Elgolia so she does. A shipwreck lands Malva on unknown territory and the story truly begins.With an unlikely crew of companions whose mission it is to bring her home safely, Malva's many adventures take her beyond the boundaries of the world she knows and all are forced to face up to truths about their characters. This book is full of adventure, friendships and promises, love, hate, joy and tragedy. Warning - the ending is not as happy as I'd prefer! Decent readers only. The book is 433 pages long, and the font is fairly small.
Review by AriadneAranea
A pretty fair fantasy adventure romance kind of thing, with a few memorable bits and pieces, although it was disappointing that Malva's fiery anti-establishment instincts fizzled out so completely - for her, the personal did not, after all, become political. The invented words were very appealing, though, even if there were moments when the writing (as translated from the original French) didn't always quite work for me.