This book is funny, entertaining, and fun all the way! I recommend it. It's about dragons, but with a little twist.
Creel is an orphan who lives in the town of Carlieff in a kingdom called Ferevel. She and her brother live with their aunt and uncle, who are very poor. Creel's aunt reads fairy tales, and comes up with an idea to escape poverty: sacrifice Creel to a dragon. A knight will rescue her, and Creel's whole family will be sent to live in the palace. Creel is sacrificed to the Brown Dragon of Carlieff, but she doesn't want to wait for a knight to rescue her. So she bargains with the dragon, who's name is Theoradus, and tells him that if he doesn't let her go, he'll have to fight a knight, which he has no interest in doing. He lets her go, and lets her pick a "treasure" from his hoard. Except Theoradus doesn't collect gold--he collects shoes! The only pair that fit Creel are bright blue ones, which Theoradus has no intention of giving her. Creel reminds Theoradus that he said she could pick any shoes she liked, and goes on her way. She doesn't go home, though--she embarks on a long and tiring journey from Carlieff to the King's Seat, where she hopes to find a job as a dressmaker. Along her journey, she befriends another dragon named Shardas, who rescues her from bandits. She also meets Shardas's friend, Feniul. When Creel finally arrives in the King's Seat, she runs into snobby Amalia, the princess of the neighboring kingdom, Roulain, and her dog, Pippin. She is engaged to the crown prince Milun. Later on, Creel meets Milun's brother, Luka, and his bodyguard, Tobin. Luka takes Creel to an inn run by Tobin's sister, Ulfrid. The next day, Ulfrid takes Creel to a dressmaking shop owned by a lady named Derda, where Creel makes new friends: Marta, Alle, and Larkin. Unfortunately, Larkin doesn't turn out to be very nice. When Creel hears about the Merchant's Ball, she decides to go in pursuit of opening her own dress shop. But it isn't long before Larkin steals Creel's slippers and gives them to Princess Amalia, who has been pestering Creel for them. In return, Amalia gives Creel a crazy, over-designed dress. Creel is able to make the dress look better, but learns a wonderful and terrible secret about the slippers: they have the power to--WAIT! I'm not gonna spoil this story. It's a wonderful book, but it does have the teensiest bit of swearing. No curse words, though. This is probably my second favorite book. My favorite book is Keeper of the Lost Cities, which I also recommend.