A guest review by Teen Room Staff Cat!
This book has everything you need in an adventure book sports (fencing, boxing, wrestling, climbing), riddles, hunting, rhyming, romance, and true love. It starts out with Buttercup, one of the most beautiful women in the world, falling in love with her farm boy, Westley. Westley then leaves to find money in America. Tragedy falls and Buttercup is left beside herself with grief. Then the Prince Humperdinck finds Buttercup and threatens to kill her if she doesn’t marry him. She agrees to marry him only if he knows she will never love him. Of course, before they marry she is taken captive by a hunchback, a giant, and a Spaniard. Confident no one can follow, they plan to take Buttercup to the Glider frontier and leave her dead body there; they were hired to start a war. Inconceivably, they are followed by a man in black. What follows several chapters of climbing, sword fighting, wrestling, and trickery, and answers to many question. Who is the man in black? Who is alive when they were thought to be dead? Who is dead when they were thought to be alive? How will this book end?
P.S. The movie is awesome too--compare the two and tell us which is your favorite!