A handsome cat trainer, black-and-white cats, thieves on four legs and two, suspicious townsfolk, a greedy king, a giddy princess, a shape-shifting ogre, a brilliant dragon. Which is the villainous whited sepulcher?
Elodie journeys to the town of Two Castles to become a mansioner—an actress—but luck is against her. She is saved from starvation by the dragon Meenore, who sends her on a dangerous mission inside the ogre's castle. There, disguised as a kitchen maid at an ogre's feast, she finds herself cast in the role of a lifetime and pitted against a foe intent on murder.
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine weaves an entrancing tale of a fearsome ogre, a dragon detective, and a remarkable heroine, who finds friendship where she least expects it, learns that there are many ways to mansion, and discovers that goodness and evil come in all shapes and sizes.
Part of my opinion could be because Meenore reminded me so much of Sherlock Holmes (whom I adore). From the minute the dragon opened ITs mouth in the story, I imagined his voice, accent, and inflection as that of the Great Detective himself. XD
A Tale of Two Castles has many twists and turns, and not all of the characters are what they seem at first. At least two points in the story, I was sure I knew who the villain was, but both times I was wrong. Congratulations to Gail Carson Levine for that. :D
No negatives for this book, morally or otherwise. My only request to the author is... CAN WE HAVE A SEQUEL?? XD
(Apologies for the second image... I don't know how it got there, and I can't seem to remove it. Oh well.)