This is the first book in the series The Books of Bayern. Yes, this is a short fairy tale, but author Shannon Hale has twisted it into a chapter book that tells the story of Crown Princess Anidori. This poor girl is betrayed by her Lady-in-Waiting on the way to get married and become the Queen of the fictional kingdom of Bayern. I enjoyed this book because I love fantasy, and it had all the qualities a good fantasy book has to have: a dastardly villain, a courageous heroine (or hero), magic, sword fights, as well as a bit of romance. The incredible danger and incredible characters will draw you in. Believe me, don’t overlook this book next time you’re at the library or bookstore!