Thank you for reading and commenting on my query. Dear Ms/Mr, The Curse and the Quest is my 95,000 word fantasy novel for young adults. In some worlds birth is fate. Except when a curse intervenes. Allie was born a princess. To be a queen is her fate. She is not thrilled by the prospect or by the marriage her parents have arranged for her, with a Most Suitable Prince. On the day of her wedding Allie discovers the kingdom’s best-kept secret. As a baby, she had been cursed by a high-IQ fairy to engage in a singular quest. She must roam the world searching for herself. And she can find herself only by losing herself. Accompanied by Spooky, a were-dog with an attitude, Allie sets off on her endless road. She becomes an undesirable alien in the land of a xenophobic king. Her attempt at befriending a prince-in-distress has unforeseen consequences. She tumbles into a witch-hunt, witnesses a book-pyre and meets Brunelles, a fashion-conscious dragon with a sweet tooth. Each encounter teaches her something, about her world and about herself. Lost in a primeval desert, with Spooky consumed by a mysterious illness, Allie is confronted with an impossible choice. Can she save her beloved were-dog without giving up her life of adventure and freedom? Must she return to being a miserable misfit in a gilded cage? Where does one turn, when the last throw of the dice produces a naught?