From Macmillan/ Farrar Straus & Giroux
YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE TALE OF Cinderella. THINK AGAIN.
The dashing Prince of the Rats–who’s in love with Cinderella–is changed into her coachman by the Fairy Godmother on the night of the big ball. And he’s about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!
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The Rat Prince
Cinderella thinks she must work alone to save her noble family from the ruin and disgrace her stepmother has brought to Lancastyr Manor. She has an ailing father, a sweet, innocent little stepsister and dependent servants to protect from the wicked Wilhemina–and no way to call attention to their plight unless she figures out how to attend the royal ball.
But Cinderella knows nothing of the ancient pact between the House of Lancastyr and the rats who live within the walls of her ancestral home.
Nor is she aware that the sleek black rat she thinks is her pet is actually the Rat Prince…
and she is not alone.
Lady Rose, called “Cinderella” by her wicked stepmother and stepsister, isn’t the cowardly lack-wit everyone thinks her to be. With an education and a strong will of her own, she’s perfectly capable of fleeing her noble family home, Lancastyr Manor, and making her own way in life. Yet she chooses to stay and endure her stepmother’s abuse, weaving plans for taking back her home and her family’s honor. Rose never dreams she has a powerful ally in the Prince of the Rats…until the day of the big royal ball, when she changes the course of history with one accidental wish!
The Prince of the Rats of the Northern Realm is dashing. He’s cunning. He’s loyal to a fault. And he feels sorry for Cinderella. So he and his rat-subjects help keep her alive when her stepmother would gladly see the girl starve. But then Char gives Cinderella a special gift…something his rat-ancestors stole from her family long ago…setting a series of magical events in motion that will change their lives forever!
Wilhemina is known as “the wicked stepmother”–and she’s earned the title. She’s scary and violent and vain as a peacock. Wilhemina’s fashionable dress and proud manner cover the cruelty of her soul. But she is concealing more than just her evil nature…and Cinderella is determined to find out what!