Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.
Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.
This was such a unique story. I loved the mystery surrounding the princesses, and the brave gardener determined to help them. At first I expected a cookie cutter story of hero saves princesses, but it didn’t read that way. I didn’t find myself predicting the ending well before it happened. I loved Galen’s character, as well as the princesses. They weren’t all silly and helpless. They were written as brave girls, who were in a hopeless situation. I am already reading Princess of Glass, book 2 in this series. Jessica George did a great job with the first book, and I’m sure I will not be disappointed by the second. Also, can I just say how much I love the covers of these books? The dresses are gorgeous! I was born in the wrong era. I would have loved dressing up and attending fancy balls. Though preferably not in the underworld against my will. 😉