Our Bookseller says:
“This book was as dark and twisty as a Grimm fairy tale and yet as magical and redeeming as a Disney rendition. The characters are beautifully complex, which are by no means equally lovable (although don’t get me started on how much I want to be friends with Ragne), but they are all so human — even when they aren’t quite human. This is the kind of story you pick up to join a journey and a found family (and maybe unravel a plot or two along the way). And I won’t even pretend to ignore how gorgeous the cover is — come for the cover, stay for the story, and then pray to whatever god(s) you want that we get a sequel soon!”
Seventeen-year-old Vanja Schmidt is the thirteenth daughter of a thirteenth daughter, and wherever she goes, misfortune follows. Luckily, her godmothers are Death and Fortune, each of whom blesses Vanja with magic in exchange for a life of servitude when she comes of age.
But when the time comes, Vanja flees, swiping an enchanted string of pearls that allows her to impersonate a princess. So begins a life of merry mayhem posing as a royal to rob the nobles blind. At first, Vanja is thrilled with her luck, but soon, she crosses the wrong god, and is cursed to turn into the jewels she covets, gem by gem, unless she can right her wrongs and pay back her debts—quickly.
A fresh twist on a classic Brothers Grimm tale, this is an irreverent YA fantasy that reveals the fickle hands that deal the cards of fate and fortune.