Is there a prescribed reading order for Gail Levine's Princess books or are they all independent and not part of the single universe and can be read in arbitrary order?

(Ella Enchanted, Fairest, The Princess Tales, Bamarre, As you wish, Tale of Two castles, any other I missed)?

I'm OK with an order either based on content (book A and B are in same universe and refer to one another) or author-specified order, though her website doesn't contain any.

  • While I appreciate a question about Gail Levine's works, you really must know that princess-tutu was the wrong tag.
    – Adamant
    Sep 22 '17 at 22:29
  • @Adamant - it was a mis-click, but looked too funny to fix Sep 22 '17 at 22:54
  • Stolen Magic is a sequel to Tale of Two Castles, and probably should be read after it. Sep 22 '17 at 23:48

The Princess Tales book series was released as a single compendium in 2014.

Now, for the first time, the six beloved Princess Tales are together in one magnificent volume:

The high jinks begin in The Fairy's Mistake, which pokes fun at a meddlesome fairy whose plans for good go terribly awry. In The Princess Test, the author spoofs the notion that a pea can prove a person's pedigree. Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep features a genius of a princess, a hundred years of snooze, two princes, and a flock of balding sheep! Cinderella is a boy in Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, and the glass slipper is a glass hill. In For Biddle's Sake, Parsley tries to forget her beloved prince and get used to life as a Biddlebum Toad. The road to happily-ever-after isn't easy when a baker's son and a princess fall in love in The Fairy's Return.

The other series you've mentioned are broadly independent of each other and should simply be read in their published orders.

For the record, the novel "Fairest" is set in the same fictional universe as "Ellan Enchanted". Per wikipedia

Fairest is a 2006 novel by Gail Carson Levine. It uses some plot elements of the classic Snow White and set in the same world as Ella Enchanted. The kingdom of Ayortha, the setting of the story, is the neighboring kingdom of Kyrria, where Ella Enchanted was set and the story makes several allusions to the previous work.

  • is there any citable evidence that the rest are indepdendent of each other? Sep 22 '17 at 22:55
  • @DVK-on-Ahch-To - I'm trying to find something in the reviews. Bear with me
    – Valorum
    Sep 22 '17 at 23:04
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    I believe that Ella enchanted and fairest are in the same universe (the countries in the book are side by side iirc). Unfortunately, I don't have the books with me so I can't check.
    – Tesserae
    Sep 24 '17 at 0:44

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