The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
This book was difficult for me to summarize so I will just use the publisher's description...it explains much better than I can! What an ususaul find, so unlike the books I have been reading lately, and yet very enjoyable. Beautifully written, Hale describes a world so perfectly you can feel the breeze, touch the animals, and experience the sights and smells as our heroine Ani does. There were a few slow parts, and at times I was lost within the descriptions but the end result was magical. There are two more books in this series and I will be starting them today!!SUMMARY
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.