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How to Break an Evil Curse (Chronicles of Fritillary) (Paperback)

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Princess Julianna may be cursed to dwell in darkness, but she’s no damsel in distress.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE meets MONTY PYTHON in How to Break an Evil Curse, the first book in a fractured fairytale series about a princess who may be cursed to live in darkness, but refuses to let her curse define her life.

The King of the Land of Fritillary has incurred the wrath of his ex-bestie, the evil wizard Farland Phelps. Farland curses the King's firstborn to die if touched by sunlight, and just like that, Julianna must spend her life in the depths of a castle dungeon (emptied of prisoners and redecorated in the latest fashion, of course). A young woman of infinite resourcefulness, all she needs is a serving spoon, a loose rock in the wall, and eight years of digging, and Julianna is free to explore the city—just not while the sun is out!

Warren Kensington is a member of a seafaring traveling theater troupe and the unwitting magical cure to the curse. When the pirate ship he's sailing on is damaged in stormy seas, he goes ashore and bumps into Julianna on the streets of the capitol. The pair accidentally set in motion a chain of events that uncovers Farland's plans to take over the throne. Julianna, Warren, and some friends they meet along the way are the only ones who can save the monarchy.

But the farther they go along their increasingly ludicrous journey, and the more citizens they meet, the more Julianna wonders whether her dad's throne is worth saving. From an evil and greedy wizard? Well, sure. But from the people of Fritillary who are trying to spark a revolution? The people suffering in poverty, malnutrition, and other forms of medieval-esque peasant hardship? It doesn't take Julianna long to find that the real world is far more complicated than a black-and-white fairytale.

About the Author


Laura Morrison lives in the Metro Detroit area. She has a B.S. in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University. Before she was a writer and stay-at-home mom, she battled invasive species and researched turtles.

Praise For…


"Morrison’s smooth prose effectively captures the beauty and wildness of the swamp, and Bernice’s struggle to accept or deny her destiny rings true."  —Publishers Weekly

"Bright and with plenty of dimension, this novel will appeal to fans of Alex Flinn's Cloaked and would serve as a solid addition to any young adult fantasy collection." —Abby Hargreaves, School Library Journal

"Irony, satire, and fun permeate this story... Readers will appreciate the complexity of this tale as well as its introduction to a special blend of humor. The female protagonist's self-determination and feisty approach to her heritage, her life, and possibilities lead her beyond anything she's been raised to believe in." —Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review 

"Irony, satire, and fun permeate this story... Readers will appreciate the complexity of this tale as well as its introduction to a special blend of humor. The female protagonist's self-determination and feisty approach to her heritage, her life, and possibilities lead her beyond anything she's been raised to believe in." —Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"...A wild romp of a fairy tale [How to Break an Evil Curse] will land just right with younger teens." —Stacey Comfort, Booklist

"Sarcastic and snarky, How to Break an Evil Curse is a fun fantasy that packs a lot of action into its young feminist princess’s quest for sunlight and freedom." —Camille-Yvette Welsch, Foreword Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781733599481
ISBN-10: 1733599487
Publisher: Black Spot Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 410
Language: English
Series: Chronicles of Fritillary