Fairest
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Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty . . .




Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can "throw" her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn't possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She's hidden in the shadows in her parents' inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light--especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.


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Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty . . .

Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land, and the most unusual. She can "throw" her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn't possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She's hidden in the shadows in her parents' inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light--especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.

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      • content: fluffymarshallow - Abandoned as an infant, Aza lives with her adoptive family at the inn they run in the kingdom of Ayortha. Considered ugly, with her pale complexion, blood red lips, black hair, and large frame, the taunting and gawking of the inn patrons causes Aza to shy away from others and feel self-concious. Her only reprieve comes from singing - in a land where song is an integral part of society, Aza's voice is an undeniable gift. When tending to a guest room one day, Aza accidently stumbles upon a new way to use her talent - she discovers the ability to project her voice - or 'illusing,' as she calls it - to sound from anywhere in the room, a talent that proves to be very rare and coveted. At age fifteen, when the duchess of Olixo, a frequent guest at the inn, unexpectedly invites Aza to accompany her to the Ayorthaian king's wedding, she finds herself amid oppourtunities she never imagined. King Oscaro's bride, Ivi, befriends Aza, presenting to her the position of the queen's lady-in-waiting, with the promise of land, riches, and the chance to hold the title of Lady; thinking she would be able to help her family with the money, she accepts the offer. But when misfortune strikes the king, Queen Ivi's true nature is revealed when she blackmails Aza into illusing for her at the king's 'Healing Sing,' and at any point thereafter when singing was required. As if that wasn't enough, unrest and backlash against Ivi and Aza rises throughout the kingdom, after the queen's unfair rule outlaws singing, exiles birds from the palace, and refuses aid to people in need. Despairing and still yearning for the acceptance of those around her, Aza finds solace in her blossoming friendship with the king's nephew, Prince Ijori, until disaster strikes when a confrontation between Ivi and several of her attendants leads to the revelation of the illusing deal between the queen and her lady-in-waiting - Ivi twists the blame onto Aza, and after cruel accusations are made about her possible half-non-human ancestry and some unwitting magic takes place, Aza is thrown into the dungeon. " Jessica Sayers, Resident Scholar
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        In an alluring companion novel that some readers may argue even surpasses Ella Enchanted
        , Levine gives a visionary rendering of the Snow White tale that challenges conventional ideas of beauty. Fifteen-year-old narrator Aza is anything but pretty. In fact, she is so unsightly that her loving innkeeper parents (who found Aza abandoned as a baby) keep her hidden from most of their guests. However, Aza possesses two special gifts and when, through a series of events, she winds up in the royal court, her talents draw notice. She has a stunning singing voice (something prized among her fellow Ayorthaians), and she has the ability to throw her voice, so that it appears that someone else is singing (a talent that comes in handy when the vocally challenged queen is asked to sing in public). After Aza is made lady-in-waiting, she discovers a magic mirror that has the power to make her the fairest in the land. But becoming a raving beauty brings more heartache than joy—and could even cost Aza her life. Readers will instantly fall in love with the heroine, whose heart proves to be as warm as her voice. They will eagerly follow Aza's circuitous journey, one that leads to a tribe of gnomes (who may be distant relatives), lures Aza into a deadly trap and eventually brings her back to court, where she reunites with the man she adores, a prince who recognizes her inner beauty. Ages 8-14.

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