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Poison's Dance: A Twelve Dancing Princesses Retelling

(Beyond the Tales #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  27 reviews
If he falls to the lure of the curse, the dance might trap him forever.

Alex has survived his first year as high king. The new counsel has improved cooperation between the kingdoms, and peace seems achievable. When the Tuckawassee queen sends him an invitation he can’t refuse, Alex must once again face his greatest threat for the sake of peace.

Princess Tamya of Tuckawassee,
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Published August 26th 2020 by Sword & Cross Publishing
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hello I am a sobbing mess

yes it is 3:30 in the morning

no I couldn't stop

this series is everything

actual review:

This book broke me. In the best way. I finished it at 3:30 AM because there was no way I was putting it down. I was a sobbing, snotty mess. It was basically everything and I don't know how I'm supposed to just go on with my life now?

Being back in Tallahatchia was so good for my soul. Like, I started reading and seeing familiar names and it just gave me so much joy. I didn't realize
M.H. Elrich
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alex. You have officially wormed your way into my heart. High King Alexander, or Alex, for short, drastically demonstrates what it means to be a true king in this story. And for someone who was frankly, a brat, throughout both book 1 and book 2, it is nice to see. Additionally, the sweet touches of Daemyn in the story were a refreshing break. I also enjoyed learning more about Princess Tamya and the Tuckawassee. Tamya is an atypical heroine in that she had no desire to marry or have children and ...more
Merie Shen

Full review at A Synesthete Writer!

If you think you know the twelve dancing princesses, think again. Tricia has taken everything you know about the original fairytale and flipped it on its head. Also, if you've fallen in love with any of the characters from the previous books in this series, be prepared to have your heart ripped to pieces. I'm still recovering, but I'm going to attempt to write a decent review.

Alexander, the High King, wants nothing other than peace for the Seven Kingdoms. Afte
This is going to sound bad, but I was truly surprised at how much I liked this book. After being rather frustrated with the first book in the series (largely for worldbuilding reasons), I planned to give up on the series. Then Kendra convinced me to read this (well, that and I can't read four of the Tattered Slippers books and not read the last, and I figured that even if I wasn't crazy about the book, I could find five things that I enjoyed about it), and I was a bit nervous . . . but then I go ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I'm waffling when it comes to rating this book. Is it a four-star or five-star book? It all depends on how you look at it. It's not the most valuable book (or genre) out there, but within this genre it's probably going to be one of your better reads.
I do believe I'll go with five stars though for, within it's genre, it was a positively smashing book.

My favorite part about this book was the theme and the way it fit the plot line sooo well. It is a very true and needed theme these days.

"What t
Faith Anderson
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A marvelous addition to the series! This 12 Dancing Princesses retelling is so unique and I really loved it.

The Queen of Tuckawassee has asked King Alex to visit her kingdom and consider an arranged marriage to one of her twelve sisters, but everyone knows it's a trap. Tuckawassee has always been hostile towards the king. But if Alex refuses, Tuckawassee will use it against him and accuse him for being prejudiced and refusing an opportunity for peace. What if a marriage alliance would actually w
Liz Koetsier
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm tried so very hard to make this review a spoiler-free one but it is so hard. So forwarning: I'm about to mention some light spoilery things. I love Tamya's story because it is one I can resonate with. Being content with singleness doesn't mean I never want to marry, but I'm so very excited for the opportunities it allows me to reach for. It is hard to explain that to others, sometimes. The cursebreaking was clever and beautiful, and I was seriously gripping my kindle there for a minute or t ...more
R.J. Rodda
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable retelling starring some of our favorite characters from previous books.
Nina Friess
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I've always been a huge fan of the Twelve Dancing Princesses story but this one didn't really mesh for me. The plot was alright but the characters weren't complex or interesting enough to really love it. Just like the book before it, a decently good read, though I can't say much more than that. ...more
Mazzy Mitchell
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020

I’m fine. That wasn’t an emotional rollercoaster. I wasn’t panicking most of the book although I was reading it at a football game. I didn’t cry. It’s not late at all. The character development isn’t that good. It isn’t deep.

*tosses phone with an agonized grunt*
*inhales deeply* (Original posted on blog, so it's rather long)

Positives: What can I say except that Tricia Mingerink is one of the few authors who has really just…done everything right? She carries off the arcs of the previous books’ characters into this one SO well and manages to show eight months of off-screen development in a way that doesn’t feel forced or unreal. She introduces SUCH an interesting protagonist that’s one of the few women in fiction I can really relate with in some ways (i.e
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
Poison's Dance
Beyond the Tales #3
By Tricia Mingerink

High King Alexander has been awake from his broken curse for over a year now. He survived a plot by King Cassius to curse him, though not without cost to his friend Daemyn Rand. When he receives an invitation from Queen Valinda of Tuckawassee to visit her kingdom and accept her sister's hand in marriage.

Alex is not looking to marry, not when he still has so much to learn and do as High King. But the potential of peace is too great to ignore at
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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So. Many. Hearts.

Reading a Tricia Mingerink book is like hugging an old friend--it's always going to be incredible. Poison's Dance is no exception. I read it in one day, sort of by accident. :P Several times, I was genuinely scared by my own theories of what could happen and what was actually happening to my favorite characters, and that made it even harder to put it down when I had to go do other things. The characters have grown so much since Dagger's Sleep, especially Alex. It's been fascinat
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tricia Mingerink has a way of writing intense scenes with authentic emotional impact. She demonstrated that in her Blades of Acktar series, and she brings her skill to this one as well. The plot twists were unexpected, and the character relationships were believable and multifaceted. I really liked how Daemyn's devotion was portrayed, and how Alex grew as a person. There were several scenes that I'd describe as breathtaking.

Nearly the entire time, I was convinced the author was going a certain
Alyssa Dinkler
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This unique retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses was a very enjoyable read. The story drew me in quickly and kept me interested. The characters are likeable and believable. Their motivations easy to understand and relate to. The "mountain folk" lingo of certain characters adds a fun element and makes it easier to picture them. I like the allegorical aspect that gives deeper meaning to the plot and storyworld.

I was a bit surprised to find that Alex was once again a major character in the fa
Jessica Dowell
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved Alex's storyline in this book! It was great to see his character finally have some winning moments and not have to be rescued by Daemyn as much.

It's sad to me that Daemyn still doesn't seem to consider him a friend and he's so lonely. I keep thinking their relationship has turned a corner. It would be nice to see Alex find love in the next book, but more than anything, I would really like to see Daemyn and the others treat Alex as a real friend and not just someone they have to take car
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poor Alex. He's grown up so much since the first book, but being the high king of Tallahatchia really makes him a target for curses.

I would say, it's prooooobably better if you don't read 80+ books in between the first two books and this one as it did take a bit for me to reorient myself in the world and remember what happened before, but I got my bearings a lot better with this one than I did with the last Mysterious Benedict Society book.

I really do love the worldbuilding in this series. It's
Kenna Stephens Heaton
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun and interesting reimagining of another fairytale.

Tricia’s plot lines always impress me. I find this series of stories fascinating. The world of Tallahatchia is unique, and the characters relatable. Well done.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was my favorite of the series so far. I love the character development as well as the fun plot twists on a fairy tale theme. I also appreciate the aspect of faith and the need for a curse breaker.
Tammie Brand
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loving the book

I have enjoyed everyone one of Tricia's book. Trivia you are my favorite author. I loved the blade series. This new series is so much fun also. Thank you for always bringing in the Highest King.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and very engaging! Love all the plot twists!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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Doña Miri
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great twist on the original story and continuation of a great series with important illustrations of how our Great King relates to us.
Madi's Musings
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
Poison’s Dance is the third in a unique fairy tale retelling series. I enjoyed the interesting spin on the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, but my favorite aspect of the book is Alex. He’s grown so much since Dagger’s Sleep, and his character arc is nothing short of wonderful. I look forward to seeing where his story leads.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn't writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country. ...more

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