The Night Dance: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Once Upon a Time #8)
Under the stars, in a secret world...
Rowena, the youngest of twelve sisters, loves to slip out of the castle at night and dance in a magical forest. Soon she convinces her sisters to join her. When Sir Ethan notices that his daughters' slippers look tattered every morning, he is certain they've been sneaking out. So he posts a challenge to all the suitors in the kingdom:...more
I like the the story of the 12 dancing princesses and the way Weyn portrays the story is done well. But I couldn't get over the fact that out of all the 12 sisters Rowena just has to be the most beautiful, as well as the most adventurous and the only daughter with the second sight. Al ...more
This time around I did have some background of the original tale from reading Jessica Day George's Princess of the Midnight Ball. Highly recommended! But on to this retelling. Suzanne Weyn in her other retellings always relies on a historical setting to place the fariy tales in. In this one she incorporated the well known Arthurian legends. That was ...more
At the beginning of this book...
Everyone else around me at school and such:
Middle and end of this book...
Everyone else around me at school and such:
Really, what I'm trying to say is that at the beginning it was very tiring, boring and not interesting. But towards the end, it got way better. That's why it doesn't deserve 5 stars. You don't get 5 stars when only 1/3 cf the book is good.
This book h ...more
The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been one of my favorite fairy tales. I was excited to read a fant ...more
Ms. Weyn merged 12 Dancing Princesses with King Arthur lore and it turned out to be a wonderful story! The Lady of the Lake, Morgan le Fey, and Sir Bedivere Knight of the Round Table join Sir Ethan and his twelve daughters in this adventure that kept me captivated to the very last page.
It was by no means my favorite retelling of t ...more
(Few minor spoilers)
The plot of the story kept to the basic tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses (though there wasn't really that much dancing!) The girls sneaked out from their bedroom into a secret passageway that led to an enchanted lake (where their mother, a Lady of the Lake awaited). Their overprotective father, aware of their tattered slippers, sets up a contest to eligible bachelors: if they solve the riddle of where his daughters disappear to then they will have the ch ...more
Nope. My taste as a child has failed me again. I wish I had just left this one alone.
This book is a re-telling of a fairy tale, which really bothers me because I hate re-tellings. No matter how many books g ...more
In this book each chapter is told in a different character's point of view. The main characters are Rowena, the youngest of the twelve sisters and Sir Bedivere, one of King Arthur's knights of the round table.
What I liked a lot about this book is that the story takes part of the original tale and adds elements of the King Arthur legends into it. Sir Bedivere is the last night of the round table, the lady of the lake and Morgan l ...more
Again, a very sweet book in the “Once upon a time” series. This is a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses mixed with the tale of Arthur and the round table. This was an unique twist and it worked.
Rowena lives with her father and eleven sisters in a house surrounded by a high wall. Their mother disappeared when they were young girls. Their father is very protective. He doesn’t want to lose his daughters, so they aren’t allowed to go past t ...more
Rowena is the youngest of twelve sisters. Her father is the famous knight Sir Ethan and is very protective of his daughters. Years before, their mother left for a short quest, but never returned. Since then, Sir Ethan has constructed a high wall to border his castle and keeps the gate closed at all times.
But Rowena is the adventur ...more
Rowena, the youngest of the twelve sisters, is the main character and the sister who inherited her mother’s second sight. Even though she does not know or understand her magical inheritance, it could be all that helps her find her missing mother.
Rowena’s first vision is about an unknown-to-her knight n ...more
Originally, this fairy tale of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” was a bit unfamiliar to me. I knew the basic storyline – twelve princesses under their father’s strict rules went dancing every night and came back with tattered slippers. The king then set up a contest – whoever could discover where the princesses went each night could choose which one to marry. However, after that, there were many deviations – some chose the oldest, the smartest, the prettiest, etc. In this case, they ...more
The main characters are twelve princesses, especially Rowena, who are actually the daughters of Vivienne ...more
The nice surprise of this book is that the author mixed Arthurian legend in with this tale.
One part of the plot was sketchy. The father held a contest to have young men spend the night practically in the sisters' bedroom ...more
Since I've always enjoyed reading anything available about the era of King Arthur, having the two ideas merged together was a plus for me. The book includes The Lady of ...more
I adored the writing - In fact, this may seem antithetical, but it also was the reason I disliked it. For a fairy-tale it's supreme, but for a novel it's passé. If the Twelve Dancing Princesses were a titch more intelligent, it would have much improved ...more
What a disappointment! The ending seemed rushed and the quality of the writing was far below the beginning of the novel, mainly because it sounded jarringly modern. I quote:
At the end of the wedding party, Sir Ethan announced that he would be lea ...more
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