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Listening to her grandmother's stories of a magical kingdom called Mistolear, fourteen-year-old Willow suddenly finds herself transported there and is shocked to learn it really exists and that she is a princess.
Publisher: Montréal : Lobster Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781770800717
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jul 22, 2012

great as a stand-alone novel, if you don't want to get the second book. Puts a whole new spin on the classic fairytales we all know and love. Not hard to understand, and fairly straight-forward plot.

Mar 22, 2012

This was a very strange yet intriguing book. The ending was unexpected, and I laughed at how the main character managed to wrap everything up.

librarysteph Mar 12, 2012

I initially found the concept of people being linked to chess pieces in a large scale game of wizard chess to be silly and strange. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the novel and think it was well executed. This style of fantasy that combines our world with a fantastic one is very effective for teens. It allows them to deal with issues like war and family drama at a safe distance. At at the same time they feel close to the action because of the character from our world who sees things as they would and uses contemporary slang amongst the backdrop of knightly banter. I usually prefer this type of story to be in 1st person narrative but Wood did a good job of making it work without this.

I thought the ending was original, creative and appropriate. It defined the book for me and I think I would have preferred for this to be a stand-alone novel rather than a trilogy because it’s rare I’m so pleased with an ending. The novel flowed nicely so I finished it quickly but it had some memorable parts, separating it from other quick reads.

Jan 13, 2012

For me, this book was totally engrossing, and intersting. I think Maggie Wood did an excellent job and this book. She in turn, gave my mind room to grow, and so, my own book continue's to indiffrent hights. Anyways, yes I loved how that Willow came in and knew the chess board better than anyone, but I have one question: Did Brand's cheespeice get burned or not?

Nov 22, 2011

I LOVED this book! I found Wood's take on the princess and knight relationship to be unique and fun. The heroine is capable, independent and smart (and a refereshing change from the glut of Twilightesque incompetent heroines who depend on a guy for their very sense of self). I also liked the supporting characters.

The use of the chess game is a unique spin on the quest, which is a mainstay in fantasy literature.

The plot was good, the pacing was excellent, and there were some great twists along the way.

Jun 24, 2011

The chess game premise was interesting, but on the whole the writing in this book fails to deliver. The world-building is run-of-the-mill, complete with uselessly exotic names, enough family history to brainwash you and a Medieval-age lack of technology. (Why is it that magic cancels out all forms of modernism?)

Out of all the stock characters, Willow’s love interest Brand is perhaps the most unique, possibly only because he is her love interest — and because he gets turned into a chess piece. However, that removes him from the action halfway through the book, and afterward our interest wanes, even when the antagonist (who is, unrealistically, thoroughly evil) makes his appearance.

The plot movement is very straight-forward and fantasy readers looking for momentary satisfaction won’t be disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with this novel per se; it just could’ve been improved by a large, large margin.

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Jul 22, 2012

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Jun 24, 2011

Willow has been raised Earth her whole life. She believes the tales her Nana tells her of Mistolear to be fiction. Then one day she is magically transported there. She is a white pawn, and the duty to save both kingdoms has fallen to her. White's queen, Willow's grandmother, has been Captured and as a pawn, Willow is to travel to the other side of the board and be queened. Everyone expects her to be able to save the kingdom, a kingdom she has only just discovered is real.

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