The Stepsister Scheme, locus Bestseller, cinderellawhose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (nee Danielle de Glas)does marry Prince Armand. .
Although there are other interesting secondary characters (the Duchess is one I wish to see again) they are even less flesh-out than the three protagonists.
Although for the most part, the book is a light read with a definite resolution of this particular story, both the repercussions of the princess pasts and the prospect of darkness in their future are great overreaching threads that I hope will come back.We get only but a peek at how they are still suffering the consequences of their tragic pasts (Talia cant sleep for example and hates fairies for all the gifts they gave her).Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path.As authors, we grew up in a world full of conflict and prejudice and stereotypes.Free speech works both ways.
I see this refrain again and again in conversations about everything from cultural appropriation in storytelling (and elsewhere) to writing characters of another to writing about rape.Not because there are hordes of people searching for reasons to be offended, but because none of us are perfect.For every one, weve had people pushing back hard.Why did I read the book: Kaz Mahoney pointed it to me when we were visiting our favourite book store (that would be Forbidden Planet) and I just had to buy.You own that too.Both women turned killers and had to escape their respective kingdoms and hide in Lorindar.Which is part of the problem.But what I did not know, or what I did not expect was how much I would enjoy.
The three of them are entrusted with the task to go searching for Armand, a quest that eventually leads them to Fairytown (there is a diplomatic treaty prevents Queen Bea from using official channels to rescue her son), where Danielle learns that her unborn baby.
The Stepsister Scheme is a fast-paced read ( I was done in one afternoon) and it was so much fun!