This is Aza. Aza was abandoned in an inn when she was a baby. Ever since she was born she has had the most beautiful voice -- and ugliest face -- in Ayortha. Many have commented that she looks like a troll, ogre, or gnome. She is ashamed of her face, and most often tries to hide it.
One day while cleaning, Aza discovers a new trick to use while singing. Illusing. It is her ability to throw her voice across the room without moving her lips.
Aza later becomes acquainted with the Duchess who invites her to the royal wedding of the beloved king and a mysterious Kyrrian commoner. The next thing she knows, she's queen Ivi's lady-in-waiting. The job comes with lots of perks, but requires her to deceive the whole kingdom. She has been blackmailed into illusing for Queen Ivi, who is jealous of Aza's stunning voice.
While on this adventure, Aza is on her own personal quest to make herself beautiful.
This book has many of the same elements of the original Snow White (Magic Mirror, Poison Apple, Jealous Queen, even Gnomes (who are somewhat similar to dwarfs)), but they've been placed in a fresh, new story.I have loved this book for a long time. Re-reading it was very nice. With most books I'll forget the story after a while. Reading it brought back some good memories. This is #2 on my list of favorite GCL books. The Two Princesses of Bamarre will always be #1.