Princess Benby Catherine Gilbert Murdock is not your typical fairy tale, and Princess Benevolence is not your typical princess. I love stories like that! Princess Ben's story starts out on a low note, her parents are killed as they travel to the tomb of the great king. Princess Ben is left to be taken care of by her aunt, the Queen, who doesn't seem to be too fond of her. As she deals with her grief and living a more "princess" life she finds out she has gifts she never knew--like magic. She is determined to make the neighboring country pay for her parents' deaths, but sometimes things are not as they seem, and that is true with Princess Ben and her life as she finds out. This was a good read, lots of fun, and the people who you think you have figured out may change on you. Isn't that the way it is in life, too? A little romance, some magic, and lots of adventure in this book. A good summer read.