Saturday is sixth daughter out of seven in the Woodcutter family. She wants to lead an adventurous life like her legendary brother Jack and she wants to be a warrior. Her fairy gift from her aunt was an ax, which she put to great use in her sister Sunday's story, but now it is a magic sword. When another of her aunts dies and her cousin raised as her brother leaves, Saturday breaks the world by throwing a magic mirror. On her quest to find her brother, Saturday is stolen from her sister Thursday's pirate ship and dropped on top a mountain. There she meets Peregrine, a boy half turned into a girl, and she learns she has a quest and mission just as fantastic as Jack's.
I love Kontis' twists on different fairy tales and the humor and depth of her stories. Saturday is a fun character who refuses to use her beauty and focuses instead on her strength. This had not really a cliffhanger ending, but the story is continuing on into another book, for which I am glad. I love the Woodcutter girls and can't wait to see how they deal with the fairy issue that occurred at the end of this book.
Favorite Character: Saturday. She is strong, stubborn, and not afraid to fight. She is also innocent and naive at times and Peregrine is a great match for her.
Favorite Quotes: "'You cannot call yourself a proper warrior if you refuse to use all the weapons in your arsenal.' 'Pshaw,' sputtered Saturday. 'Beauty is not a weapon.' Peregrine squinted at her, 'Come now Woodcutter. I thought you were cleverer than that.'"
"'I look forward to hearing new tales, once word gets out about the witch and the mountains and all,' he went on. 'Instead of batting their eyes at idiots, young girls will start taking up stick swords to slay a dragon and save the prince.'"
Filled with romance, a dragon, and a girl who saves the boy, this is a great twist on traditional damsel in distress stories and will leave you eager for the next book. 5 cups of cocoa!