A servant her entire life, Bernadette Morel—Bernie to most people—has lived an ordinary life, with one exception. She has the good fortune to be best friends with the beautiful, and now famous, Angelique LaCroix, the young woman people throughout the kingdom are coming to know as Cinderella. It has been months since the ball, the shoe, the prince, and the happily-ever-after, and Bernie could not be more thrilled about her friend's fairy tale come true. As the only person who helped Angelique through her years of servitude, who offered a shoulder to cry on, who sewed a dress fit for a fairy godmother and then got her best friend to the ball, Bernie is certain that with Angelique about to be a princess, Bernie's own circumstances will be looking up soon. Unfortunately, Angelique seems to be suffering from some short term memory problems. No sooner is she whisked off to the palace than she completely forgets about her former friend. No invitation to the wedding ball. No offers for Bernie to visit the palace. No thank you for making her fairy tale come true. To add insult to injury, Angelique even promotes her squabbling stepsisters to ladies-in-waiting and brings her stepmother to the palace. It's more than Bernie can take. So what is a fairy tale princess's betrayed best friend to do? Take revenge, of course. Concocting a potion that will give Angelique the ultimate comeuppance, Bernie sets off for the capital city on the eve of the royal wedding. Accompanying her are two unlikely companions; unlucky-in-life tavern server Francis and Angelique's (often overlooked) stepbrother Christophe, each with their own reasons for wanting Bernie's plan to succeed. What follows is an adventure filled with betrayal, friendship, river pirates, body-swapping tinctures, and soul abducting cultists, a journey that will show Bernie and her friends what happens when you finally scrap the fairy tale and start your own adventure.
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