Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" by Suzanne Weyn

The Night Dance: A Retelling of 
"The Twelve Dancing Princesses"
by Suzanne Weyn
Summary from Goodreads:

"Under the stars, in a secret world...
Rowena, the youngest of twelve sisters, loves to slip out of the castle at night and dance in a magical forest. Soon she convinces her sisters to join her. When Sir Ethan notices that his daughters' slippers look tattered every morning, he is certain they've been sneaking out. So he posts a challenge to all the suitors in the kingdom: The first man to discover where his daughters have been is free to marry the one he chooses.

Meanwhile a handsome young knight named Bedivere is involved in a challenge of his own: to return the powerful sword, Excalibur, to a mysterious lake. While looking for the lake, Bedivere meets the beautiful Rowena and falls for her. Bedivere knows that accepting Sir Ethan's challenge is the only opportunity for him to be with Rowena forever. But this puts both Bedivere and Rowena in a dangerous in which they risk their lives for a chance at love."


I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s short, quick, fun and exciting.

I expected this to be a retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” as said on the cover. What I didn’t expect is the whirling in of another lore such as the “Lady of the Lake” well known from the tales of King Arthur. It was intertwined magnificently that the story was very much endearing. 

This book has pretty much every detail that a typical fairy tale has; love at first sight or vision in this matter, a knight in shining armor or used to have, an evil sorceress, princesses, and a happy ever after. But Weyn has brought this fairy tale to a whole new level with the how she has written this book. It’s definitely unique and very appealing.

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