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27 March 2009 @ 07:32 pm
The Stepsister Scheme  

This is the first in jimhines new series.  His first series, featuring Jig the Dragonslayer and his trusty spider, had a decidedly comedic bent, although it did have some serious layers.

This book still has a light tone, but deals with the grittier side of "And they lived happily ever after..."  The three leads, Danielle [CInderella], Talia [Sleeping Beauty], and Snow [Snow White] get involved when Danielle's husband Armand [Prince Charming] is kidnapped by Danielle's evil stepsisters.

The story involves their trip to Fairytown to rescue Armand.  As always, Hines keeps the story moving along.  In addition, you learn a good deal about the background and motivations of many characters, not only the princesses.  I felt especially said for Stacia, Danielle's ugly stepsister.  This is one of my favorite things about Jim Hines; he writes a relatively easy read, with humor, and yet really manages to give his protagonists a lot of depth.

I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next installment, The Mermaid's Madness, coming in October.

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