I could not afford to worry about that, however. I had a fortune to make come true, and it would take all my wits to do it. Somewhere to the east, three days from here was a village (I hoped), and somewhere in that village I would have to find a weapon that could slay a witch that didn’t exist. I had a lot to think about.

Fortuna has fallen on hard times. Her father is the best shoemaker in all of Valenzia. Or… he was, before Fortuna’s mother died, and he lost his “faries” that helped him make his shoes. Now, Fortuna and her father are struggling every day to sell even one pair of shoes, when there used to be waiting lists of customers waiting to buy his shoes. When Fortuna and her father are picked up by a group of performers, and a fortune teller, Fortuna starts her apprenticeship to Allessandra, the fortune teller. When, by a series of events, Fortuna becomes the fortune teller, she earns their keep with the group- until she is tricked into telling the fortune of a prince. Soon she is on the quest along with the prince, and she has to figure out a way to have the fake fortune happen- her father’s life is at the stake.

A halfhearted wave of clapping rose from the crowd of courtiers. A glance from the queen provoked a few additional cheers, but for the most part, the onlookers remained remarkably unenthusiastic. Well, I thought, slightly offended, it was the best I could do on short notice. Hadn’t they heard the part about the witch? That was worth at least a few huzzahs.

I really liked this book. It was on the “youth” (aka, teen) section in my library, but I think anyone from the age 10 up, could read it. There isn’t anything bad in it… just romance. I would give this book five stars, it was really good. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed “The Runaway Princess”, but thought that it lacked romance.