Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Peregrine has always lived up to the Lakti ideals: strong and warrior-like. But, more important to her is pleasing her parents, Lord Tove and Lady Klausine. She believes that her father would love her no matter what and continued to believe so until she received a visit from a fairy. Fairies are known to visit the Bamarre and so that could only mean one thing: Peregrine is a Bamarre. Growing up, she had always been told that her real father was a Lakti knight and that both her parents had died from an outbreak of pox. Peregrine knew Lord Tove loathed the Bamarre but had hope that he might still love her, but when Peregrine joined the battle with her father, he discovered the truth of where she came from. Locked in a tower, away from Willem and everyone she loved, she decides that she must meet her real family and free the Bamarre.
Prequel to The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Gail Carson Levine has written another enchanting story of a young woman and her journey to learn who she really is. Young teenagers can easily relate to this book. As Peregrine learns who she is, she endures the pain of losing the love of her father, but her love deepens for her friend who didn’t care that she was a Bamarre. Through Peregrine's struggle of identifying either Lakti or Bamarre, Levine teaches readers that one isn't defined by what people tell them they must be. In this book Levine also continues her personal twist to well known fairy tales. Being locked in a tower and having her hair grow unnaturally fast, Peregrine may remind you of Rapunzle. This book has appropriate language and scenes for all to enjoy. Those who love Ella Enchanted and The Two Princesses of Bamarre will surely love this book!