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The Twelve Dancing Princesses

(Timeless Fairy Tales #10)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  940 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Quinn is a loyal soldier of Farset, willing to risk her life on behalf of her country and squad. So, when a fellow soldier volunteers for a dangerous mission, Quinn joins him. Their assignment is to investigate the nightly disappearance of the twelve royal princesses, a mystery none have solved as those who attempt it vanish. But when she follows the girls, Quinn uncovers ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 19th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun visit

I love revisiting the timeless fairy tales, each story is self contained so you can jump into it without having to re-read previous stories. Although reading in order showcases the links between the stories and the bigger evil.

The heroine is a very competent soldier who is not dependent on the hero. She actually gets to rescue him several times. The hero sees who heroine is. Loved their interactions, especially their first meeting.

Highly recommend this story. This author is always
Douglas Meeks
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed this book as I have all of the other books in this series plus the Snow Queen duology, this one seemed to be drawn out a bit to make it longer. I think it might have been a small bit better if it had been a very long novella.

Quinn and Emerys made a very enjoyable pair and the mix of drama/romance/mystery was done very well but I felt we kind of clunked into the ending of the main story, where the romance ended pretty nicely but still left some things hanging which I assume we mig
Claire Banschbach
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I looved this one! Basically all the books in this series are amazing, but this is probably among the top favorites!

Quinn is just awesome. I love her level-headedness and soldierly instincts, and her dry humor. And Emerys is such the opposite of the typical fantasy elf kings, and I just loved him so much! Any scene with him and Quinn was just amazing and hilarious and they are one of the best book couples. Fight me. :D

And I loved the whole twist on the 12 Dancing Princesses story! I love the w
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and better!

I love the way that K.M. Shea takes a fairy tale and makes it her own. In a fun twist, the main character in this story is a soldier named Quinn. When one of her squad mates decides to try to solve the riddle of the princesses worn shoes, she and the rest of the squad agree to help him, despite their misgivings. Quinn is loyal, kind, courageous, and intelligent. She soon figures out that there is more to this mystery than twelve dancing princesses.

I lo
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It all lead to this...

Not the previous nine books, no. My unexpected, but DELIGHTFUL journey of traipsing across the continent of both "Entwined Tales" and "Timeless Fairy Tales" began with THIS, K.M. Shea's "The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Timeless Fairy Tales, #10)".

I somehow came across this book (probably because I was on a fairytale retelling kick [still am]) and wanted to read more renditions of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I liked the cover, and added the book to my "to read" pile. Howe
Sarah Ransom
This book was amazing, I love all of KM Shea's books, but this was soooo good! Everything comes together and makes sooo much sense. I love the dialogue and the elves. Especially Emerys, the story was just so cute and I really enjoyed. I love this series!!!!
Darque  Dreamer
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is official. This one is my new favorite my K.M. Shea! I loved everything about it, and, ELVES!!! 

Twelve Dancing Princesses had tons of humor, plenty of emotion, and an addictive story line! It combined beautiful bits of the original tales with Shea's enchanting writing and originality. I loved how the conflicts of the magic world from the past books came to a head in this one, and how we got to see a more vulnerable side to Angelique, our favorite Enchantress-in-training!

This one showcased S
Tricia Mingerink
Um, yes, I read this book in 1 day. It's a KM Shea book! Of course I didn't do anything else but read it!

I loved this one! I think it is one of my favorites of the whole Timeless Fairy Tale series! After the rather quiet, mostly non-actiony Frog Princess, this book ramps up the tension with a full on battle scene at the end.

I really liked the two main characters. Quinn is amazing and Emerys is so cool! I was rather scared at the beginning that this might be the one KM Shea book where I didn't
Rebecca Jane
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is easily KM Shea's best book so far. The character development and progression of the story were completely on point. Those who have read the other timeless fairytales stories will find lots of their questions answered in this book. Definetely a great read! Fair warning: don't read this book until you have read the rest of the series.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm gonna finish this series but only because I'm a ridiculously stubborn person.
Jengwenfinn L
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was great.

I love all of the books in the Timeless Fairy Tales series, and this one was amazing! So many questions were answered!
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
one of my favorites. so creative.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off, readers new to this series should know that, unlike the first 8 books, this one (#10) is not a standalone. Start with one of those and see if the series is something you'd like to get into. You could probably get by with just the following 5 books if you're really impatient: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and the Colonel, Rumpelstiltskin, Swan Lake, and The Frog Prince. For readers who are familiar with this series already, let's begin the actual review of Kitty's retelling of The T ...more
Greta Riordan
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is my favourite

This book is my favourite in the series. I just love it so much, I have reread it about 8 times. I can't get enough.
Felita Hardigaloeh
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
IMHO, reteliing 12 putri karangan mba Shea ini hanya side story dari cerita utamanya. Kaum Elf !

Dari cerita Swan Lake, sudah dideskripsikan cerita kaum Elf yang terkurung dalam rumah mereka sendiri. Hutan Alabaster. The King of Elf dan Farset woman's soldier menjadi pasangan dalam cerita ini.

Di negeri Farset, tersebutlah ada Raja dan Ratu yang punya 12 anak perempuan. Sang raja mempunyai pasukan soldier yang mumpuni seperti di negeri tetangganya (lupa). cuman jumlahnya lebih sedikit. Quinn terma
Merie Shen
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, this was interesting.

THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES by KM Shea, book ten of the Timeless Fairy Tales series, is not a novel I planned to read anytime soon. Apparently I planned wrong, because I just finished reading it.
And whoa... that was intense.
I don't normally enjoy fluffy, lighthearted fantasy reading. No thank you. In speculative fiction, I always choose the ones that are heavy and at least have some decent fight scenes. :O Not that I enjoy blood and gore, because I don't, but it's
E.J. Hill
I was drawn in at the very first paragraph - I loved that Shea just dropped me into the story. Yet, it wasn’t confusing, it began clearly with a simple action scene that introduced me to the characters and setting. The tight kinship within Band Gallant was admirable and I thought that the members complimented each other. For some reason, groups like that always get me - the devotion but also playfulness makes me smile. Now to Quinn… She was fantastic. Probably one of my favorite heroines ever. W ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

This version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses is told from the point of view of a female soldier. Which means this soldier isn't trying to win the contest to marry one of the princesses. Which put a whole new spin on this story that I could really appreciate. I do, in general, like the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but often thought that it was a hard story to tell because of the all the personalities that authors would try and cram into a singular story. Books like The Princess of
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An enchanting retelling to add to this timeless series

I LOVE KM Shea, and have read through his series before; and I found that I was experiencing a loss of memory for some of the details when I read The Frog Prince... So I set down to reread the series. Imagine my delight when just as I finished The Frog Prince, Twelve Dancing Princesses was released! I loved the story from the start, and the suspense lover in my enjoyed that we didn't learn the particulars of the curse all at once, BT that the
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alright, I'm too lazy to type up a review for all ten books, so I'm tacking all my comments to this most recent one, because most of them cover the entire series anyway.

The thing I loved most about these books were the characters: Shea wrote these vibrant, diverse, fun characters, yet managed to make them utterly realistic as well. So many authors in fantasy tend to almost overdo the characters, every good trait is a superpower they never turn off and every bad trait is a fatal flaw, most of the
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joy and happiness, this was another excellent book of Miss Kitty's. Quinn was a lovable heroine, and her and Emerys were as entertaining together as Elle and Severin.
Quinn was sarcastic, self-sacrificing, diplomatic, and a thoroughly interesting character. Emerys was also sarcastic, as blunt as Quinn was diplomatic, caring, and quite entertaining. The two together, as I've said, provided a positive feedback look of sarcasm. It was wonderful. The world-building, as usual, was excellent, without
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Soldier and King

When Quinn's band mate Roy says he wants to find what's causing the princesses of the kingdom shoes be in tattered bits every night. She felt her world could end. She really likes Roy and if he solves the riddle. He will have his pick of a Princess to marry.

Her heart breaks at his thoughtlessness. But she must stay on point and help her band mate to solve the riddle.

After an assignment of going through the woods, she meets the Enchantress-in-training, who give Quinn an enchanted
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet book with lovely characters. A fun and light read, this fairy tale retelling was nicely done. I think there might have been a few too many characters to focus on, so some felt left out, but overall the author did a great job of juggling them.
References were dropped, tears were shed and interesting food and drink was enjoyed.
I really like Quinn, while Emerys sometimes grates on me a little in the later part of the book. Quinn had a lot of character development, but it just scraped past fe
4.5 Stars! Happy sigh!

Absolutely delightful! Shea's retelling is well done and a wonderful addition to the series. It did not take long before Shea had me hooked and I found it hard to put down. I cannot wait for the next installment; it seems that our heroine from this novel will be continuing on into Book 11. While Quinn did get her happily ever after, the overall series angst continues.... I am not sure but I think we are closing in on the end of the series.

That said, the characters were enga
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for clean romance and fairytale retellings, this is a great series to pick up...but definitely start at the beginning, not here. This was a great addition to the Timeless Fairy Tales series, especially because you get a fair amount of the overall series plot and learn some of the things that have been being hinted at for books (which I was really excited about--I was starting to get a little impatient :P) I was impressed that in spite of how many books there are in this series, ...more
I'm going through a rough patch right now, so this was a nice escape. I actually looked back at some of my old reviews for other books by this author, and while I remember feeling lukewarm about her previous work, this one did win me over.

That being said, a few things did take me out of my enjoyment of it a bit. Quinn, her band, Emerys, and Angelique were all interesting and fun characters, but despite the romance between Quinn and Emerys starting at a gentle pace, I felt that their feelings pro
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A return to form for the fairy tale series. Quinn is a very relatable character as a young woman who hides her own emotions and discomfort to make things easier for others. I had thought the romantic elements in this series were beginning to get weaker, but there was plenty of time given to the central couple in this volume and they worked really well.

Emerys is grumpy and witty and one of my favourite heroes in this heroes, although I generally prefer elves and other non-human characters to be
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

If I could, I would give this book TEN stars! This series has been entertaining from the start, and this is one of the best. I can't choose just one best book out of the series, but this is one of my all time favorite series I've read. Fast paced, well developed characters, good editing, and an amazing adaptation of the original fairy tale. If you have not yet read any of the Timeless Fairy Tales, I highly suggest you start immediately. This book can be read without having read the other
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this one.
I like this series, and this has to be one of the stories i like the most.
Plotwise it is not my favorite (probably because the twelve dancing princesses never were a fairytale i particularly liked), but characterwise Quinn is definitely my favorite protagonist so far. I really liked her, and she and Emerys were adorable together. Really liked their interaction and chemistry.
I also liked the interaction between Angelique and Quinn. Finally get to see a different part of Angeliqu
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K.M. Shea is going progressively bald from pulling all of her hair out when she writes.

She has a BA in Print Journalism and a minor in Japanese. She's worked as a freelance reporter, a librarian, a blogger, and an author. She lives in the country with Perfect Dog.

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Timeless Fairy Tales (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • The Wild Swans (Timeless Fairy Tales, #2)
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  • Rumpelstiltskin (Timeless Fairy Tales, #4)
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“Oh, you’re still in that stage where neither of you have confessed yet. How cute,” Angelique added drolly. She rolled her eyes and sipped her tea. “If I didn’t know better, I would swear there was some kind of love blessing on this generation,” she grumbled. “Everyone is getting married and falling in love in situations that, frankly, I don’t think are at all romantic—much less logical!” 0 likes
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