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- Publisher: Luminant Publications (September 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2017
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A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Beyond the Four Kingdoms Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"The Twelve Dancing Princesses" was one of my favorite fairy tales when I was a child. I've seen several adaptations of it, but none quite like this. The novel Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George is the closest adaptation to A Dance of SIlver and Shadow that I've read because it turned the secret nightly dancing into a curse that the princesses are unable to escape from. In this version, however, the twelve princesses are not all related by blood. In fact, many of them are from other fairy tales, foreshadowing future books that Melanie will be releasing in the series. There were some subtle references to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "The Little Mermaid," and "The Snow Queen" scattered throughout this book. The other major difference from any other adaptation is that the "dancing" is more of a metaphor for performing unknown tasks to satisfy an unseen entity. Yes, there were formal balls with dancing as well, but the iconic underground room from the fairy tale does not contain twelve princes who wanted to show the princesses a good time. Instead, it contains a series of exhausting challenges that they are forced to do, many of which appear to be straight out of a horror movie.
If The Hunger Games had been a fairy tale, I assume it would be similar to this. Twelve princesses from different lands are brought together to participate in an age-old tourney where they would compete in various challenges to win the hand of a prince for a marriage that none of them particularly want. The princesses could not try to intentionally lose the challenges because the curse would cause someone close to them to die if they do. Though they were never pitted against each other in a malicious way, the physical challenges took a huge toll on the group of delicate princesses, resulting in critical injuries for many of them. It wasn't long before I felt as though I was reading something from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events because I knew bad things were going to keep happening, but I couldn't stop reading because I cared too much about the characters.
The book got a little difficult to handle toward the end because it was so hard seeing such vulnerable girls placed in such dangerous circumstances. Of course, that was also the point. Fortunately, Lily and Sophie are determined to protect the other girls. Their telepathic link helps with that a lot because it allows them to communicate with each other from different areas and check on the other princesses. The protective brothers of many of the princesses are extremely worried about them when they see their injured states, but they remain clueless to the events of the tourney itself for most of the book because the curse prevents anyone from talking about it. The challenges keep the story exciting, but I didn't find it as thrilling as The Princess Fugitive because I became too uncomfortable worrying about the younger and injured princesses for most of the book.
A Dance of Silver and Shadow is a bold take on a classic tale, transforming it from a pleasant fantasy about twelve sisters who secretly live out their innermost desires each night to a horror story about a group of strangers forced to participate in a challenge they don't want to do to win a prince they don't want to marry. Though I found the concept intriguing at first, it quickly became unsettling after the novelty wore off. I think I would have enjoyed it more if they were competing to be matched with twelve princes instead of one, but of course, that would defeat the purpose of using all of the girls in the tourney as the main characters of the future books in the Beyond the Four Kingdoms series.
Easily one of the best retellings of the 12 Dancing Princesses. Lots of new twists. The world building was very well done. The characters all had the right amount of development. I couldn't put this down and was up late into the night to finish it.
Unlike any retelling I've seen, these princesses aren't sisters(or at least not all of them). A Princess Tourney has been called and by the ancient laws of the land, all eligible princesses within the borders of the participating kingdoms MUST attend. They are forbidden to speak of the trials(magically forbidden) and have to perform their best to prevent a death curse from falling on someone they care about.
There's multiple layers to this story, there's plenty of personalities, the story begs to not be put down. And I was so excited to see where future stories are hinted at. There's pieces of other tales tucked in and I think all of them will get their chance to shine in future books.
Can't wait to read more of this series.