Two Princesses Of Bamarre
|Title:||The Two Princesses Of Bamarre|
|Author:||Gail Carson Levine|
|LibraryThing:||Title:Two Princesses Of Bamarre ISBN:0-06-029315-2 (Add Book)|
This takes aspects of the conventional fairy tale (a quest, seven league boots, monsters) and puts in other unusual things: the quest isn't for a sword or a jewel or a person, but for a cure; and the person undertaking the quest is timid and fearful, and has to overcome their fears.
On the downside, I found the worldbuilding a bit tame (apart from the interesting psychology of dragons), and the "epic poems" not very poetic. But I still liked the theme of overcoming fears.