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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent retelling of a classic fairy tale, February 4, 2009
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This review is from: Princess of the Midnight Ball (Twelve Dancing Princesses) (Hardcover)
Jessica Day George revisits another fairy tale in "Princess of the Midnight Ball," a retelling of the classic "Twelve Dancing Princesses" story.

Princess Rose of Westfalin and her eleven younger sisters (all named after flowers) are under a curse. Doomed to spend their nights dancing for the fearsome King Under Stone, their worn out slippers cause their father, the king, to declare that any prince who can discover the princesses' secret can marry the daughter of his choice and be the next king. But the princes from the neighboring kingdoms not only fail in the quest, they die in mysterious accidents after leaving Westfalin. And the princesses are helpless to break the enchantment, as they are unable to even speak of it to their loved ones. Enter Galen, a young soldier newly returned from a war. He takes on the quest (with the aid of magical gifts) to not only discover the secret, but to save the princesses before their fate is sealed.

George has all the elements of the original fairy tale in here, and doesn't deviate too much from the original story line. The only difference she introduces is the fact that the princesses are dancing against their will, as in most retellings (and the original story) the princesses want to go to the secret kingdom to be with their magical suitors. But she does a great job of keeping the original spirit and plot of the story and embellishes it in a way that enhances, not detracts.

Being a knitter myself, I also enjoyed the addition of the hero who knits - and the patterns that George includes at the end of the book.

Overall, an enchanting version of the "Twelve Dancing Princesses". Great if you're into fairy tales and their retellings. Highly recommended.
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