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Princess of the Silver Woods

(The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  12,229 ratings  ·  1,138 reviews
When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
In the final installment about the Twelve Dancing Princesses of Westfalin, Petunia gets her chance for adventure.

*Editing, April 2012.

*More editing, June 2012. I have spent the last week in my bedroom, cutting 20,000 words from the manuscript. Most of those words were: clearly, actually, even, and just.

*Copy edits, August 2012.

*Galley proofs, August 2012.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it

A solid 4.5 ;)
I mean, it has a princess in it. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE??

George spins a brilliant and suspenseful story from POV’s of the twelve dancing sisters :)
you guys........this is a book to kill for
Westfalin’s been calm enough for a few years. Many of the twelve princesses got married or betrothed thanks to the exchange program. Petunia, the youngest girl, is one of the only sisters still at home. She’s a bit restless—she loves her sisters, but feels a desperate need for oxygen and adventure of her own.

Adventure finds Petunia while she’s off to visit the grandmotherly Grand Duchess Volaskaya, a Russakan royal who married a Westfalian baron and settled in that land…and dashing Prince Grigor
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle

Why this book?

I liked the first 2 books in the series

What I thought

This wasn't as fun as the other two, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. Because I did, but I had a few problems. First off this was more like an extension of the first book, its almost like the second book never happened. Also there was no Fairytale aspect unlike the others. The first book being a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princess and the second being a retelling of Cinderella. As for the romance it happene
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
GASP! Look at that pretty cover!!!! And it comes out November 13th! Can't wait :)

Update April 6: Ooh, a Robin Hood twist as well! I adore Robin Hood, so this is bound the be perfect. I'm so excited, but someone please make the cover picture normal size!

Book Review: December 19th: So, I'm finally getting around to writing another book review. I haven't been reviewing too much because of so much school work, hindering from reading a lot.

I'm very, very, very happy that this book FINALLY
m a r y l i z
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
*desperately wants to stab something with knitting needles*

To say this book was disappointing would definitely be an understatement. It started off well enough, but I quickly lost interest after the first 50 pages. Basically, the only reason I finished it was so I could say I finished the series. (Of which I actually enjoyed the first two books.)

With that being said, there were a FEW things I liked. *cracks knuckles and begins review*

Lovely Things:

- The fairytale aspects. I really liked the
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jessica Day George's middle grade/YA "Princess" series ends with this novel, which has just the slightest nod to "Little Red Riding Hood" (in a very offbeat sort of way), but really is more about continuing and wrapping up the story of the twelve dancing princesses from Princess of the Midnight Ball. Which was fine with me. I actually thought this was the strongest book in this series.

This isn't a good stand-alone read; you need to read at least the first book, and preferably the second as well,
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
I abducted Princess Petunia last week. I didn’t harm her; I delivered her to the Grand Duchess Volenskaya, but now she is in terrible danger.

Many years have passed since Petunia, youngest of Westfalin's twelve princesses, was forced to dance every night for the King Under Stone. But now those powers are stirring again. Every night Petunia dreams that the Prince she always danced with comes to take her away. To get away, she travels to the estate belonging to the Grand Duchess Volenskaya - bu
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
*SQUEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!* I AM SO EXCITED! I absolutely love the first two books in the series and have been on pins and needles of excitement since finding out a third one was coming!!

MAY 2013 EDIT:

July 2013 REVIEW:

Mixed feelings about this book.
Cover is as beautiful as I've come to expect from this series. Just because you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover does
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This adaptation really is quite excellent with strong, well-developed characters and a unique, original plot. I haven’t read the first two volumes in this trilogy, but this novel reads fine as a standalone, which is also impressive. There are plenty of curses, mysterious shadows, magic, and even a wolf or two. You won’t need breadcrumbs for this trip into the woods but a pistol and some silver bullets will certainly be useful.
I really enjoyed this series and have been looking forward to this final book for a long time. This story follows Petunia, the youngest of the dancing princesses. I liked Petunia, she was pretty feisty. Her older sisters tend to baby her and she is tired of being babies and overlooked. She really comes into her own in this one. Our hero in this book, Oliver, was likable. I think I liked Galen and Christian a bit more, but he still had his own charm. I guess he came across a little young to me. W ...more
*****FINAL RATING: 4.65 STARS*****

I love, love, love Jessica Day George. Her entire Princess trilogy has been fantastic, and this book was no exception. It was romantic and sweet but also a bit daring and dangerous, and overall fabulous. Though I didn't love this one as much as the previous two and it is my least favorite book in the trilogy, I still absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic conclusion and it excited me to my very bones. Every danger was very real, and the mystery was
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

The twelve princesses of Westfalin are back in Princess of the Silver Woods - and out to face the bitter enemies of their childhood once again, once and for all. Petunia is the youngest of all twelve princesses, and has always been treated as the little girl, the baby, the child that needs protecting and coddling. But Pet is anything but a hapless little girl - now sixteen years old, though small in stature, the youngest princess of Westfalin has enough g
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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This is a review for the third and final novel in the series about Twelve Dancing Princesses, but what I say here about Princess of the Silver Woods holds true for all of the books. I so wanted to love these - I had heard great things and excitedly requested this as an ARC, even without reading the first two. Sadly, I was confused, bored, uninvolved from the very start, so I DNF'd 50 pages in. A week or so later, the first two went on sale for ebooks f
I love princess fairy tale stories they always leave me happy and enchanted. This story was a lot of fun to read and speculate on how it was all going to work out in the end. I loved how Mrs. George interweaves Little Red Riding Hood's story with that of Robin Hood. She takes the familiar tale and puts an original twist too it. I thought it was very creative and interesting.
We find ourselves with Petunia who is the youngest of the King's twelve daughter's. She is on her way to visit an old famil
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The story was really good but I just think the world and the characters of this series don't intrigue me enough for me to care. ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is like drinking a vanilla latte after years of nothing but pure black coffee. So light! So sugary! ...and I think I'm starting to feel a little sick to my stomach. It's not a bad book, I guess, although similar enough to the first one (which I liked, almost ten years ago) that one wonders if it's really necessary, but I'm way over the instalove and spunky 16 year old heroine who falls for ridiculously transparent traps.

Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side


Now that's what I call quality shipping....

It's so pretty. And, holla! It's longer than the other two.


3.5 stars.

I liked it a lot. Not as much as Princess of the Midnight Ball but more so than Princess of Glass.

Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, AND The Twelve Dancing Princesses?! EEP.

Cover: They match! They match!! *does dance of joy* They are so pretty....

Story: I was slightly confused at times. It was choppy and there were too many things being thrown at you at once.

Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story certainly started off well! I was captivated and wanted to know more about the spunky heroine and her adventures. The cover was eye-catching (without being cliche) and I loved the fantastic flowing red cape. There was one aspect that made me grimace: love at first sight. Ugh.

Usually the whole oh-I-fell-in-love-at-first-sight thing kinda bothers me. (What am I doing using that flimsy word "kinda" when I really mean, "totally infuriates"?) And initially I was annoyed because this novel
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
This seems to happen quite a bit when I read one of Jessica Day George's books. At first I get all excited and can't wait for the book to come out. Then I get the book and start reading it as soon as possible. The beginning is great and I start believing this is going to be her best book yet. Then somewhere near the end it gets a little weird. I think it may have to do with the magic of the world. Sometimes it doesn't make sense, like it wasn't fully fleshed out or something.

This is the third b
Princess of the Silver Woods was a good conclusion to this series. I liked how everything wrapped up and the story was interesting. There were even some moments when I wasn't sure what was going to happen next! I'm glad I read this series. :) ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I am a little sad that this is the final installment of the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, but that aside I must applaud Jessica Day George for putting forth a wonderful conclusion to her trilogy. Princess of the Silver Woods is a delightful read and a shining example of George's ability to reinvent the well known into something enchantingly original.

Before I get into Oliver and Petunia's tale I want to say how impressed I was with George's treatment of Galen and Rose. The first book in a se
The third book in The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy by Jessica Day George. Princess Petunia is on her way to visit the Grand Duchess Volenskaya when her coach is detained by bandits in wolf masks. A series of mishaps has the princess and her coach escaping only to have an accident down the road. There she ends up being kidnapped by the bandits and taken to their home. Oliver is really an Earl but after the war, his lands were divided and given away. He and his family live in a forgotten estate ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2016-read
The third of the 12 Dancing Princesses stories is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and it s just as delightful as the first two books. Petunia is the youngest sister and as such has slightly different memories of the King under stone and all that happened to her as a small child. When her carriage is stopped by highwaymen dressed as wolves she doesn't hesitate to fight back. Quite well. Which gifts her with an unusual friendship with a young man. When she discovers that someone she is suppo ...more
No where near as good as the first two in the series.
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying conclusion to a thrilling fairy tale trilogy.

This book exceeded my expectations as the third and final book in this fantastic fairy tale series. It picks up the threads of the original tale and knits them into a brand new follow up, blending new characters, and familiar favorites, in this Red Ring Hood and Twelve Dancing Princesses mash-up that hits all the right notes.

Petunia is a brave young woman, who has already faced unimaginable danger from the time she was barely able to wa
Jenny Clark
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale
I liked that the princesses all have strong characters. I also liked the relationship between all the sisters and brothers in law. This was just a bit young for me. Had I read it back in high school, I would have given it five stars, most likely. As it is, I was still able to enjoy it, and I can recommend it for mid to late teens for sure.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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My Review
Wow, what a great story! I highly recommend you read Princess of the Midnight Ball before reading this princess story because it’s the same family from a different perspective. Petunia is the youngest of 12 princesses and this book is her journey. She is on the way to visit the Grand Duchess Volenskaya when her royal coach is threatened and almost robbed. That’s when her adventure starts and she gradually learns that villains are not always evil looking and tru
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I love the twelve dancing princesses story! It is one of my very favorite fairy tales! I have read many different versions, yet I keep coming back to Jessica Day George's retelling. She begins with her first in the series, Princess of the Midnight Ball, followed by the second in the series, Princess of Glass. Each story gives a unique perspective to the magic and curse surrounding the twelve princesses. The third and final book in the series, Princess of the Silver Woods, did not disappoint! It ...more
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“Sire," Oliver said as he helped Petunia to her feet, "I'd like to marry Petunia.
"Of course you would," retorted the King Gregor. "But not right now! we just got those two taken care of." He pointed to the twins who were still trying to play Christian's odd game. "And weddings are expensive!”
“I want to help you," Oliver said.
"Why?" Galen looked up at him. "Because of Petunia?" Oliver was relieved that the prince didn't seem to be skeptical about his conviction. He simply looked like he wanted to know, and so did Heinrich, when Oliver dared to look at the other prince. Oliver was very aware that Heinrich had known his father. Had known him better than Oliver had, in fact.
"Because of her," Oliver said at last. "Even though I have only met her twice, really...I just..."
"I risked my life to save Rose after only speaking with her twice," Galen said with a small smile.”
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