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The story of Princess Lissar, who flees her fathera€™s wrath and is granted an unexpected new life Princess Lissla Lissar is the only child of the king and his queen, who was the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. Everyone loved the splendid king and his matchless queen so much that no one had any attention to spare for the princess, who grew up in seclusion, listening to the tales her nursemaid told about her magnificent parents. But the queen takes ill of a mysterious wasting disease and on her deathbed extracts a strange promise from her husband: a€œI want you to promise me . . . you will only marry someone as beautiful as I was.a€ The king is crazy with grief at her loss, and slow to regain both his wits and his strength. But on Lissara€™s seventeenth birthday, two years after the queena€™s death, there is a grand ball, and everyone present looks at the princess in astonishment and whispers to their neighbors, How like her mother she is! On the day after the ball, the king announces that he is to marry againa€”and that his bride is the princess Lissla Lissar, his own daughter. Lissar, physically broken, half mad, and terrified, flees her fathera€™s lust with her one loyal friend, her sighthound, Ash. It is the beginning of winter as they journey into the mountainsa€”and on the night when it begins to snow, they find a tiny, deserted cabin with the makings of a fire ready-laid in the hearth. Thus begins Lissara€™s long, profound, and demanding journey away from treachery and pain and horror, to trust and love and healing.The she turned, and eagerly, frantically, pulled open the door of her little wardrobe, groping under her neatly folded kennel clothes, and drew out the ... knew they were hers, knew in that absolute canine way that had nothing to do with ownership and worth and bills of sale. ... Seven dogs poured down the corridor; she unbarred the small door that was cut into the enormous sliding door that opened theanbsp;...

Author: Robin McKinley
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2014-11-18

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