Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

January 21, 2016 All Reviews, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, YA 2 ★★★★

Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, #1) by Jessica Day George
Series: The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1
on January 20th 2009
Number of Pages: 280
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Library
Format: eBook
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Purchase: At Amazon
four-stars

A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn…

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

I really liked this fairytale retelling. I haven’t seen that many retellings of the 12 Dancing Princesses. And I liked that the story was from Galen’s point of view as well as Princess Rose’s.

I would have liked the pronunciation guide in the front of the book instead of in the back, past the knitting patterns and such. I had ideas in my head about how some of the names and things were pronounced, and then once the book was finished I found out I was wrong on a few of them. I’m sure I’ll continue to be wrong when I read the next book. As now that I’ve read an entire book with MY version, I’m unlikely to remember the way the author had in mind.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this when I started it. I mean, it sounded good, but even though I like fairytale retellings a lot of them seem to fall flat or have things that irk me. And then I started reading and couldn’t put the book down! I had to know what was going to happen next. I mean, what spin the author was going to put on things since we basically know the story of the 12 Dancing Princesses.

Not all the princesses were fleshed out well. Which is understandable since there are 12 of them, and if all of them had had enough book-time to be given real personalities, the book would be 2-3 times as long! We do get to know the 3 eldest fairly well. The youngest princess, and one of the 13-year-old twins.

I really liked this book as I said earlier, and will be picking up the other two books in the series. If you like retellings, you should give this one a try.

 

Knitting Patterns Included: Rose’s Shawl, The Black Wool Chain.

four-stars

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2 Responses to “Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Oooh, I’ve never read a 12 Dancing Princess retellign! I admit the cover doesn’t grab me a lot?!? (I’m such a cover snob.) BUT I’M STILL INTERESTED. 😀 I can imagine it’d be hard to flesh out all the characters equally, with having so many of them. XD
    And I love love loooove when a book is unputdownable (that is so totally a word *nods*) ;D
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    • SilvaraWilde

      The cover isn’t the best, true. But I had to try it because I hadn’t read a 12 Dancing Princesses retelling either! Even knowing how the story would end (more or less), it was really good and totally unputdownable. *shamelessly copies your new word* If you get time in your busy schedule, you should try it! *grins*

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