In the fairytale kingdom of Empyrean, time has moved on. The princesses of once upon a time, like Snow White and Cinderella, have grown old and become great queens. Now, their kingdom is in danger. A Forgotten Evil has returned. In a small village by the sea, two sisters, Zandria and Olena, begin a dangerous journey to the castle for Zandria to claim her birthright as a queen. Along their journey, they meet some unique friends and terrifying enemies while trying to survive places like the Dead Forest and escape troll infested castles. Will they make it to the crystal castle in time to save Empyrean or will the sisters lose each other forever? One thing is certain, before their journey ends, Zandria will learn what it means to be The Fourth Queen.
Every once in a while you read a book that makes you sit back in your chair when you are finished reading and grin. The 1st book in Mark Miller's Empyrical Tales, The Fourth Queen did that to me. In fact, I grinned most of the way through it.
Mark Miller gives us a piece of literary art with his completely wonderous and fresh take on the whole fairy tale idea. Written for his children, this book was as entertaining, lively and engrossing, for me, an adult, as it would be for a child.
The Fourth Queen is not an Epic novel of civil war heroism and history, or a swoon-worthy romance. It is a fairy tale within a fairy tale. What would happen if you took the Brother's Grimm's Tales, mixed in a little C.S. Lewis, Aeosop's Fables and a bit of The Neverending Story? This is what you would have. A book filled with creatures of funny names and funny habits. A fable of lessons and teachings of love, bravery, teamwork and above all the meaning of family.
I seriously cannot understand why The Fourth Queen has not been made into a movie, but, perhaps that is in the future. Im eager to read the 2nd and 3rd books in The Empyrical Tales and Ill be looking for print copies of these books to keep for my daughter to have when she gets older. I wish they had been around when I was a kid! Kudos to Mark Miller for creating a whole new world of fairy tales!
A Solid 5 Stars!!
Reviewed by Carolyn Seiver for YA Book Addict