Monday, July 7, 2014

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist

Princess Wilha has been forced to wear a mask since she was a baby. Since no one has seen her face rumors have arisen about why she wears the mask ranging from that she is ugly to that looking at her face will curse the viewer.  Wilha herself doesn't know why she must wear the mask and wonders what could possibly be wrong with her face to require the mask but she doesn't question her father nor her advisors.  She keeps her fears and doubts to herself again when she learns that she must now marry the prince of a neighboring kingdom to bring about peace but there is an even greater shock - Wilha has a twin sister who has been raised as a servant without any knowledge that she is also a princess.  Now Elara is brought back to the castle and required to pose as Wilha so that any attempts on the princess's life will be futile.  But when the two sisters reach the nearby kingdom, they both decide to seize a life they have never had.  Great fairy tale fun with a satisfying ending that still leaves some room for a sequel!