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The Firethorn Crown

(Firethorn Chronicles #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  621 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Princess Lily, the eldest of twelve sisters and heir to a mighty kingdom, desperately seeks a break from her mother's matchmaking. Tradition forbids marriage with the man Lily loves, so she would rather rule alone than marry someone who only wants the crown.

Fleeing an overzealous suitor, Lily stumbles into a secret underground kingdom where she and her sisters encounter a
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 7th 2015 by Butterwing Publishing
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Eeeeeee! I loved it! SO MUCH!

You all know how much I love retellings of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, right? Well, I realized I've read eight retellings of this classic fairy tale, and The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue definitely ranks as one of my favorites. (It actually reminded me somewhat of Entwined by Heather Dixon, which is my favorite The Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling fairy tale of all time!)

Lily is the crown princess of Ituria, a land filled with dragons (big and small), overeager
Kristen Kooistra
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For years Princess of the Midnight Ball has been my favorite retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses. This weekend, that book finally met its equal. I say equal because it's impossible for me to decide which is better. So they're tied for my favorite retelling of this tale.

This story is simply amazing and I could probably gush about it, but I was up too late reading it!!! And now I won't be my most eloquent self.

I loved, loved, loved this story. The characters were amazing, the plot felt new eve
Serethiel Sequoia
4.5 stars

Well, this book is ridiculously and utterly spectacular. <3

I can't wait to start The Midsummer Captives!
Jun 22, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Tricia Mingerink
This is a really inventive, very loose retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale with a few other fairy tales mixed in for good measure. It was somewhat darker and creepier than I was expecting, but in a good way. The fairy tale definitely has room for a little creepiness, and this book pulled it off really well.

Eben and Lily were awesome together. I adored them and was cheering them on through all the obstacles in the way.

Lily's father was just the best. In the Twelve Dancing Prin
H.L. Burke
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I like a good romantic fairy tale retelling and this one provided just enough new to the story while keeping aspects I like (I'm a sucker for the wounded warrior hero, for instance). There are a lot of characters in this and for the most part they remain distinct. Yeah, sometimes it is hard to keep track of all 12 princesses, but the ones who carry the plot definitely stand out and I think that's what matters. I'm glad it didn't get busy trying to give them equal "screen time."
Minor complaints:
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Twas pretty good :) I quite enjoyed it.

The story and plot were very interesting, and they had good characters to move them along. Most of the major characters were fairly well fleshed out.

The writing was also pretty good, there were a couple of moments were the logic didn't follow, and the climax was a little odd, but overall not to bad.

Very fun :)
Deborah O'Carroll
Ten Thoughts on The Firethorn Crown
(read for February 2017 bookclub read in the Fellowship of Fantasy book club)

1. THE COVER. It is awesome. Excuse me while I stare at it forever.

2. TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES! I’m totally here for a retelling of my favorite fairytale. (Which may mean I was pickier about how I wanted the book to be than I should have been, but oh well.) It was so fun to read this retelling and I greatly enjoyed seeing how it was done. :)

3. Eben the guard was awesome and my favorit
C.P. Cabaniss
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This was a really enjoyable read. I haven't read many adaptations of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, if any, but I really like how this was done. The fantasy elements through the Prince's sorcery gave it an extra spark.

One of the best things about this was the relationship between the sisters. Lily, the oldest, is the main character, but every sister has a vital role. And they all loved each other so much. Keeping track of 12 of them was a bit tough, but the author distinguished them beautifully
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Even though The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale is not an absolute favorite of mine, I have somehow or other managed to read several retellings of it. I wasn't looking to find another, but I caught this one when it was free, and I liked the color scheme of the cover, so I figured it couldn't hurt to try The Firethorn Crown.

Overall, it was a pleasant read. It wasn't in some ways as original in its take as I had hoped, and there were some instances of jarringly modern language that I felt didn
Elise Edmonds
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. A great read.

A few details surrounding the curse and the sorcerer confused me a bit.

Fair play to the author for making many of the 12 main characters stand out as individuals. I thought that was done extremely well.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
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What a fun read this book is! I've never before read a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses in which the author effectively gave distinct personalities to each princess. Some of the characters in this book are more distinct than others, of course, but I really viewed each girl as a separate person. And the hero and the princes are likable and distinct too. None of the characters are deeply drawn except the heroine, but I didn't mind that.
The mystery was intriguing, the magical world both thril
Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
I loved this take on the retelling of the 12 dancing princesses. Not that i'd heard about the story before, but Lea Douè captured me with every word. Can't wait to buy the next book from her! ...more
It just wasn't for me. I tried. But, I got a little bored and haven't had a chance to get back to it.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh, and I have stumbled across another 12 Dancing Princesses! Score!

Okay, first my complaints: the world-building. I feel like the setting and world-building had so much potential! I mean, this could have been GREAT! But, for me, it was just good. I loved the ideas presented: the dragons--apparently there are different kinds--the history of the kingdoms with the Dragon War, which we still know practically nothing about by the end of the book; the tension in the society between the people and s
J.M. Stengl
A lovely retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, filled with action, adventure, and romance.
The villain was particularly interesting, and I look forward to reading about several of the sisters and their princes.
E. Writes
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Firethorn Crown brings a uniquely nuanced take to the classic problem of who opens the door into which the Twelve Dancing Princesses troop, and become enmeshed in the problem that wears out their shoes.

As the story follows the eldest sister in first person point of view, the other girls all add a delightful mix of characters to the tale, but the truly most compelling persona here is the prince trapped in a web he grew up in, and how that has warped his perspective on life; and how it will co
S.G. Willoughby
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was fun. I loved the characters (or hated them, depends on the one XD). The author did a great job with a huge cast. Each one was easy to follow and I didn't get confused. (And that's saying something.) I did feel like I was missing a bit of the history behind the soldier-king and the firethorn crown, but perhaps I just need to reread the beginning again now that I have my footing (and more mental clarity). My favorite characters were Orin and Holic. So chivalrous and... I agree with Lily: ...more
The Captain
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Ahoy there mateys! This be a twelve dancing princess retelling.  I really wanted to like this one.  The main highlight of this book is that all twelve sisters are unique and have personalities.  It was clear that they loved each other.  I also loved that they worked together to help beat the curse.  I enjoyed two of the princes too - the goose prince and the one who liked art.  The maze and the enchanted world were fun.  How the villain's past is resolved at the end worked.  What didn't work was ...more
Kelsey Bryant
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I truly enjoyed this fast-paced read. I think this was my first Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling. As is typical, it was hard (especially at the beginning) to keep the sisters all straight, and I still don't have their birth order memorized. But I could tell each sister was supposed to have a unique personality, which is better than lumping them all together, which is what often happens with stories about lots of siblings. I also liked the male side characters; the good guys were de ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read. Happy to have read it. Wasnt sure what would happen with the twist and turns. But it went good. I was happy with the ending. Wouldnt mind reading more in the series as well.

I give it an A or 4 stars.
Leah Good
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lily and her eleven sisters aren't your ordinary, fairy-tale princesses. They go for morning runs, help at the orphanage, are regulars in the kitchen, learned self-defense from their governess, and love playing cat and mouse in a huge maze. It's during one such game of cat and mouse that Lily's attempt to escape an overbearing suitor causes all twelve girls to stumble into a kingdom beneath their castle.

Tangled in a curse, the girls must return to the underground kingdom each night. Only Lily ca
Laurie Lucking
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! I think I finished it in three days, when I really didn't have time to read it that quickly... Who needs sleep anyway, right? :) Lily is an easy heroine to relate to as she deals with the pressures of being the oldest sister and a society that wants her to hurry up and choose a husband, when the guy she wants doesn't seem to be one of her options. The interactions between Lily and her younger sisters were fun and sweet. Even when their different personalities clashed, it was c ...more
Claire Banschbach
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This started out kind of slow for me. My tiny brain got really confused with all the names of the twelve princesses and the occasional servant being thrown around with abandon. But then I started to recognize names or just stopped trying to remember everyone. Either way I got completely sucked into the story.

Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been an interesting fairy tale to me and I enjoy retellings of it. This one had the added bonus of spells and curses and a groups of guys who g
An excellent retelling of one of my favorite fairytales! The Firethorn Crown can't top Entwined (literally my favorite fairytale retelling ever), but I still very much enjoyed it! I like the sisters and their love interests, and Thurian and his Undergarden were properly creepy. (Not sure what else to think about Thurian; part of me says "ooh, fascinating" and part of me says "dude, you're a creepy spoiled brat.") Also, there's dragons. Like, so many types of dragons. Like butterwing dragons ...more
Helena George
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I honestly can't remember how I got my hands on this book, but I originally was a little hesitant to read it. In fact, I was prepared to stop reading it if anything I didn't like popped up.

That did not happen. Nope. Not in the least.

I was drawn into a world of dresses, mazes, and tiny dragons. I fell in love with the Princes, and danced all night with the Princesses. And I scratched my head as I tried to figure out how in the world Lily was going to save herself and her sisters.

There /was/ magic
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, fantasy
3.5 stars
This is my second attempt at reading this. This attempt was far more successful.
I liked the story. Although it was hard to keep track of all the sisters, even having read their descriptions prior to beginning the book again.
I agree with some of the other readers, Lily is likable if not a bit uncertain of herself. (view spoiler)
Laurel Garver
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A charming story of sisterhood and magical misadventures. A really enjoyable read. Despite the large cast of characters, I didn't feel overwhelmed, simply caught up in the wonderful chaos of a big, loving family that has the kind of sibling chemistry I love in Madeleine L'Engle's stories.

There are plenty of wonderful details, from the tiny dragons that flutter about like insects, to the delicious descriptions of royal clothing, that make you want to linger in this fantasy world. The plot moved
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-keepers
4.5 stars for an imaginative fantasy loosely based on the fairy tale "The 12 Dancing Princesses." The 12 sisters were wonderfully drawn, though it took a while for me to keep them straight. The setting feels real, and I love the dragons of all sizes, though we only "hear" about the big scary ones. The plot had as many twists and turns as the maze featured in the story, and once I neared the climax, I could NOT put this book down. If you like fairy tales, fantasy with suspense, romance, and drago ...more
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A native of south Georgia, Lea currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, their two boys, and four cats. But, sadly, no dragons.

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