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Except the Queen by Jane Yolen  & Midori Snydor
Review by Ellen Russell
Roc Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451462732
Date: 02 February 2010 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Except The Queen is an engaging collaboration from two excellent storytellers: Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. The story is about two Faerie sisters from the Seelie Court who are exiled after one of them reveals one of the Faerie Queen's most closely guarded secrets: her dalliance with a mortal man. Not only are the sisters banished to earth, they are also stripped of both their powers and their beauty, each relegated to inhabit the body of an aging mortal woman. Furthermore, they are each sent to a different location in the United States, many miles apart.

From official release/information:

Product Description: From award winning authors Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder comes a tale of two worlds-and one destiny...
Sisters Serena and Meteora were once proud members of the high court of the Fairy Queen- until they played a prank that angered her highness. Separated and banished to the mortal realm of Earth, they must find a way to survive in a strange world in which they have no power. But there is more to their new home than they first suspect...

A sympathetic Meteora bonds with a troubled young girl with an ornate tattoo on her neck. Meteora recognizes it as a magic symbol that will surely bring danger down on them all. Serena, meanwhile, takes in a tortured homeless boy whose mind is plagued by dark visions. The signs point to a rising power that threatens to tear asunder both fairy and human worlds.

And the sisters realize that perhaps the queen cast them from their homes not out of anger or spite- but because they were the only ones who could do what must be done...

(Source: Roc)

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