Author: Jessica Day George
Summary: When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.
Genre/Pages: YA Fantasy/336
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)
My Review:The third and final book in Jessica Day George’s retelling of the well-known German fairytale “The 12 Dancing Princesses”, I found Princess of the Silver Woods to be thoroughly enjoyable!
Though I hadn’t read the prior to books in about 2 years, I could still pick up my place in this story fairly quickly. Written in the 3rd person, Princess of the Silver Woods pulls you into the story quickly, and keeps you engrossed. I loved how she mainly followed 3 different POV’s: Oliver of the Westfalin Wolves, Princess Petunia, and the King Under Stone. It added more suspense and excitement to the story, overall.
When you have a story that (particularly at the climax) will have at least 12-15 important protagonists to keep track of, it can get a bit confusing sometimes. However, George did a fantastic job of keeping all characters straight. At the same time, due to having that many characters, only a few of them get much in the way of character development. A lot of the princesses seemed to just be there, without knowing much about them.
Content Advisory: The whole theme of King Under Stone is kind of scary and creepy, I suppose. A couple characters kiss. That’s about it, though.
To Sum it up: Though it wasn’t a super-intense page-turner for me, I still loved reading this book. Mixing 12 Dancing Princesses, Little Red Riding Hood, and Robin Hood, Jessica Day George leaves readers with an entirely new fairytale. A fun, exciting, fairytale adventure with just a touch of romance, I’d recommend Princess of the Silver Woods to readers 9+.
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