Coriel is a girl with a talent for potions and witchcraft. Raised by her witchwoman grandmother, Coriel spends her summers at court because she is the illegitimate daughter of a lord. She spends most of her time with her sister Elisandra, and friends Kent and Prince Bryan.
The story is really told in two parts. The first half shows a young Corie who doesn't understand the politics and duplicity of court. She is naive and sees only the good in people. She loves her time playing the royal lady and being with her sister.
The second half features a much stronger and more mature Corie. She now sees the secrets and lies of people at court and the injustice of the slavery of the Alora, a fairie like race.
The conclusion was marvelous. Corie is one of my favorite characters because she matures so beautifully. The storytelling is lovely and fastpaced. It's everything a girl could want in a story. Mystery, political upheaval, princesses and horse rides, magic and of course romance. I loved it at 15 and still love it at 27.