After not being all that enchanted with [b:Snow in Summer|10471419|Snow in Summer|Jane Yolen|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1311279796s/10471419.jpg|15376611], my first offering from Jane Yolen, the grand fairytale master of America, I was trepidatious to jump into another. But the premise was too tempting to pass over.
And I was rewarded with a lovely fairy story that follows Gorse, the youngest scion of the Shouting Fey and considered by her family to be the One. The One to break the curse that has plagued their family for three generations and led to their being tied irrevocably to the land never to leave. Exiled many years ago for the deeds of another, they sought refuge in the kingdom and swore an oath of fidelity and obedience to the king who gave them sanctuary and his protection. But the promise extended beyond that benevolent king and now they are bound to do the bidding of the royal family, whatever it may be. However, should they fail to accomplish the task - even if it be an impossible request - they will shatter into a thousand stars. So staying is incredibly dangerous, especially as the requests of the royal family have become more and more frequent and outlandish.