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Bay has nothing to show for her years of military service but the clothes on her back, a bad leg, and a sardonic imp in a bottle who's more harm than help. When she hears an open call for bodyguards for the twelve headstrong princesses, she thinks the job could reverse her fortunes. Unfortunately, her new charges are under a nightly curse, and everyone seems determined to ...more
Kindle Edition, 39 pages
Published December 28th 2013
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So Vang
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Really good story, knowing it's a retelling.
Lexie
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE LAIR OF THE TWELVE PRINCESSES, being a re-imagined version of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" is one of those rare short stories in which you are like 'My god I need more'. Not because the story itself was missing anything--it really really wasn't--but because you want more time with the characters.

In the afterword Davis explains how she submitted this (in various forms) to various anthologies one of which was Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress anthology series. One assumes that she
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Aimee
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The fairy tale “The 12 Dancing Princesses” was one of my favorites as a girl, even though the ending turned the tale of the dozen happy girls into a tragedy, when their paradise of jeweled trees and dancing men is blocked to them forever. It’s also the sort of story that begs for new interpretations about women, society, control and authority, which is what Amanda C. Davis has done with the wonderful “The Lair of the 12 Princesses.”

Davis turns the tale on its head by changing the gender of the s
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Mandy
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
"...how many people does it take to dress a princess, anyhow?"

"More than you'd think," said Khloromain. "Effortless beauty can be devilishly hard work."


This was a fantastic novelette. I loved the author's writing, the characters, and the fact that, despite my knowledge of the story, I was kept guessing until the very end. It's certainly not a retelling meant to share with the family (it's been described as a 'darker' version of the original, and with good reason), but it's wonderful for ad
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Emily
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
You know you enjoyed a story when its over and you want to find out what happens to the characters next. In a short space of time we are introduced to our main character and her sidekick. As the title might suggest its a new take on the 12 dancing princesses fairy tale originally written by the Grimm Brothers. It was a little like opening up to the middle of a fantasy novel, reading a chapter in it, and then closing it. I mean that in the best way possible. To me that means that you feel the cha ...more
Dave Rezak
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun fairy tale retelling with all the trappings of classic sword and sorcery. The banter between bay and her imp, the horror of war, the carousing and loss of funds will all remind you a barbarians and mousers.

I hope that Amanda C. Davis writes more adventures. I'd like to find out if more wishes are made...
Meg
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale
The Lair of the Twelve Princesses
OR
What Is It With Women And Shoes Anyway?

Delightful novella. A fun spin on one of my favorite fairy tales, though I'm especially in love with our heroine and would love to read more of her.
Andrea
Very enjoyable dark retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, with bonus smart female soldier protagonist.
Beck Frost
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This fairy tale is short, so this re-imaged story with the soldier being a female is short. But, very well constructed.
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