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Bibliophilic Monologues

Except the Queen

Except the Queen - Jane Yolen, Midori Snyder This was really different from all others in the genre. Instead of telling the story from the perspective of the "main" players in the narrative, it tells the story from the perspectives of two fae who are now "fat, old women" who may as well be invisible to society. At first I was all, "ehhh?" but there's a certain charm about the sisters and the prose is persuasive. Soon you find yourself rooting for their happiness as well as the main players. It's sort of a tilted reality but it works surprisingly well. This just goes to show that we don't all have to be size zero and in the blush of youth to be heroines.