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Princess of the Midnight Ball Paperback – April 27, 2010
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The Brothers Grimm tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses is vibrantly retold and set in a fictionalized nineteenth-century Europe. Galen, a soldier (and knitter) returning home from war, encounters an old woman who gives him an invisibility cloak and yarn possessing magical powers. While working as a gardener at the palace, he encounters the princess, Rose, and her 11 younger sisters. Because of a secret bargain their mother made with the evil King Under Stone, the princesses are cursed to dance each night till their shoes are worn ragged. Aided by the good magic held in his yarn, Galen solves the puzzle that has stumped many a prince and earns Rose’s love and hand in marriage. Though cursed and in need of rescue, the sisters are feisty and cunning—not passive victims of their fate. Galen’s magical knitting patterns will appeal to teens fond of this trendy hobby. This is a well-realized and fast-paced fantasy-romance that will find favor among fans of fairy tales, feisty heroines, and dashing young men with strength, cunning, and sensitivity. Grades 6-10. --Heather Booth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jessica Day George is the author of Sun and Moon,
Ice and Snow, Dragon Slippers, and its
sequel, Dragon Flight. Originally from Idaho, she
studied at Brigham Young University and lived in Delaware and New Jersey
before settling down in Salt Lake City, Utah. She had been a movie
store clerk, librarian, bookseller, and school office lady before she
got her big break. Jessica lives with her husband, their young son, and a
five-pound Maltese named Pippin in a house that needs to be vacuumed
much too often.
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There are twelve princesses, all named after flowers (one of my favorite things about the story) and they go dancing every night at midnight. They are called down by a curse, against their will. They are tired all the time, the King only knows that every morning their dancing slippers are worn and the girls are exhausted. He cannot figure out how they get out of their room when it is under guard. He sends out a call to all men, a challenge, to discover the secret behind the girls worn out slippers and as a reward... his eldest daughter. One solider can break the curse, the one true love of Rose.
Loved it! It was very compelling from start to finish. I loved the story, the romance, the mystery, and the evil. It was everything I look for in a fairytale and it was beautifully written. It was a very fast paced read for me and I didn't want to put it down.
I very much enjoyed the setting of the book. I find historical fiction to be captivating if it is done right and this one was. I felt that I was back in the time and setting of this book. The story was told with all the elements needed for a historical fiction without confusing me or losing me within the etiquette and speech of the time. I feel that this story would have not been as wonderful if done in a modern setting and that the setting gave the story so much more beauty. The Romance, the courting, the rules, the damsel in distress all needed the historical setting.
Speaking of damsel in distress, Rose was one but she was also strong and brave. I loved Rose's character. She knew what needed to be done and she cared so much for her sisters. She would do anything for them. Selfless when she wanted so much more. I really loved all the princesses. Yes they wined and a couple of times I felt like shaking some sense into them but my patience came from knowing that they didn't know any other way to act. I did get quite upset at the king at times. He seemed to be clueless about so many things. In the end... he came through... and so did Galen. The real hero of the story, definitely swoon worthy and wonderful. Drool!
An absolutely splendid read. I will for sure carry on the series and will be reviewing the other two books very soon. If you like fairytale retellings you will love this story.
The details are all there, the princesses' are out all night dancing and their slippers are worn out the next day but no one knows how or why. Ms. George fills in the blanks and she does it in a believable manner and with wit and charm.
Rose and Galen are wonderful level headed people who just need time to figure out how to defeat the King Down Under. If you like fairy tales and don't like them to be changed into something else, this is the story for you!