The Night Dance (Once Upon A Time Fairytales)
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:...more
I like the the story of the 12 dancing princesses and the way Weyn portrays the story is done well. But I couldn't get over the fact that out of all the 12 sisters Rowena just has to be the most beautiful, as well as the most adventurous and the only daughter with the second sight. Al...more
This time around I did have some background of the original tale from reading Jessica Day George's Princess of the Midnight Ball. Highly recommended! But on to this retelling. Suzanne Weyn in her other retellings always relies on a historical setting to place the fariy tales in. In this one she incorporated the well known Arthurian legends. That was...more
(Few minor spoilers)
The plot of the story kept to the basic tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses (though there wasn't really that much dancing!) The girls sneaked out from their bedroom into a secret passageway that led to an enchanted lake (where their mother, a Lady of the Lake awaited). Their overprotective father, aware of their tattered slippers, sets up a contest to eligible bachelors: if they solve the riddle of where his daughters disappear to then they will have the ch...more
But it was an interesting light read, anyway! If you like fairy tell retellings (and sort of cheesy romance) then you might like this book (that...more
At the very beginning it was actually kind of good, but then I met the characters. Ugh! They were horrible, with no development or chemistry at all. The first time Bedivere and Rowen meet they start making out and professing their love just because they've had dreams about each other. Um, no?
The characters c...more
Rowena is the youngest of twelve sisters. Her father is the famous knight Sir Ethan and is very protective of his daughters. Years before, their mother left for a short quest, but never returned. Since then, Sir Ethan has constructed a high wall to border his castle and keeps the gate closed at all times.
But Rowena is the adventur...more
What a disappointment! The ending seemed rushed and the quality of the writing was far below the beginning of the novel, mainly because it sounded jarringly modern. I quote:
At the end of the wedding party, Sir Ethan announced that he would be lea...more
Originally, this fairy tale of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” was a bit unfamiliar to me. I knew the basic storyline – twelve princesses under their father’s strict rules went dancing every night and came back with tattered slippers. The king then set up a contest – whoever could discover where the princesses went each night could choose which one to marry. However, after that, there were many deviations – some chose the oldest, the smartest, the prettiest, etc. In this case, they...more
Again, a very sweet book in the “Once upon a time” series. This is a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses mixed with the tale of Arthur and the round table. This was an unique twist and it worked.
Rowena lives with her father and eleven sisters in a house surrounded by a high wall. Their mother disappeared when they were young girls. Their father is very protective. He doesn’t want to lose his daughters, so they aren’t allowed to go past t...more
The nice surprise of this book is that the author mixed Arthurian legend in with this tale.
One part of the plot was sketchy. The father held a contest to have young men spend the night practically in the sisters' bedroom...more
Since I've always enjoyed reading anything available about the era of King Arthur, having the two ideas merged together was a plus for me. The book includes The Lady of...more
The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been one of my favorite fairy tales. I was excited to read a fant...more
Rowena is the youngest of twelve sisters. Since her mother’s disappearance when she was just a baby, her father Sir Ethan has confined his daughters to their manor house grounds.
One day, Rowena finds a crack in the garden wall. Her adventures beyond the wall lead to her true love, night dances with her sisters, the rescuing...more
Like many of the other Once Upon a Time novels, The Night Dance spends a lot of time setting the scene for the plot, giving very little time for any actual plot. This was not as much of a...more
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...more