By Gail Carson Levine
Number of Pages:326 pages
Characters:Areida, Aza, Prince Ijori, Areida, Queen Ivi
I was born singing. Most babies cry. I sang an aria. Or so I believe. I have no one to tell me
the truth of it. I was abandoned when I was a month old, left at the Featherbed Inn in the
Ayorthaian villiage of Amonta. It was January 12th of the year of Thunder Songs.
The Fairy Lucinda has once again given a dreadful gift. This time it's a mysterious magical
mirror. The gift is disastrous when it falls into the hands of Aza, who never looks in a mirror
if she can help it. In the Kingdom of Ayortha, Aza is most definitely not the fairest of them
all. Many spurn her. Many scoff at her. She keeps out of sight.
But in the land or singers, Aza has her own gift, one she's come by without fairy intervention:
a voice that can do almost anything, a voice that captivates all who hear it. In Ontio Castle,
merry Prince Ijori is drawn to it, and vain Queen Ivi wants to use it for her own ends. Queen
Ivi would do anything to remain the fairest in the land.
In this spellbinding tale filled with humor, adventure, romance, and song, Newbery Honor
author Gail Carson Levine invites you to join Aza as she discovers how exquisite she truly is.
Gail Carson Levine is VERY well known for her retelling fairy tales gift. In Fairest, I loved
Gail Carson Levine's Plot, and it was almost like one of those Disney princess tales that you
read in those humongous story books, except for a much older age, and more intriguing. In
this book, you can view very clearly what the characters feel, and how they view themselves
(etcetera.). The cover of Fairest fits the book but does not exactly make sense:a girl is holding
a mirror in front of the lower part of her face and is wearing a black and red damask gown
and standing in front of a tapestry of a castle. The suspense of this story was pretty good, but
Gail Carson Levine made her get out so quickly that there was hardly any time to be so
attached to the book that you'd whine to your parents that you would want to read instead of
doing homework. The plot of this story is wonderful, as well as Gail Carson Levine's setting
Plot-cat (5 stars)
Characters-cat (5 stars)
Suspense-hamster (3 stars)
Ending-cat (5 stars)
Cover-dog (4 stars)
Setting/Description-cat (5 stars)