"Marriott notes Andersen s The Wild Swans as her inspiration, but the novel is entirely her own, full of narrative power and magic." BOOKLIST
When Alexandra s mother is slain by an unnatural beast, shadows fall on the once-lush kingdom. Too soon the widowed king is entranced by a cunning stranger and in one chilling moment Alexandra s beloved brothers disappear, and she is banished to a barren land. Rich in visual detail, sparked by a formidable evil, and sweetened with familial and romantic love, here is the tale of a girl who discovers powerful healing gifts and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom."