Author: Jessica Day George
Series: None; prequel to Princess of Glass
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Fairy tale/Romance
Returning home from the war, young Galen finds work with his mother’s family in the royal gardens. There he learns that the king’s twelve daughters have a secret: every night they dance their shoes to tatters, but no one knows how or why. When prince after prince tries and fails to find the answer, and the family is haunted by accusations of witchcraft, Galen decides to help. Armed with a pair of silver knitting needles and an invisibility cloak given to him by a strange old woman, he follows the princesses and unlocks the secret of their curse.
This book includes knitting patterns for a shawl and a chain of black wool that are key to the plot. I will also be posting more knitting patterns here that correspond with with the story.
Positive Content: Galen genuinely loves Princess Rose and wants to rescue her and the sisters from their curse; no matter what it takes. He shows them thoughtful gestures and is respectful, polite, and gallant. The sisters all look out for each other, and their father the King loves them dearly.
Negative Content: Queen Maude placed a curse upon her self and her daughters because she wanted children so much. (She also wanted the war to end) Because of the King Under Stone’s curse, the girls cannot tell anybody about their midnight dancing trips. They are accused of Witchcraft after many princes who try to ‘solve the riddle’ end up dying mysterious deaths. The bishop Angier is malicious and conniving.
Summary: Another fantastic, squeaky-clean fairy-tale rewrite from Mrs. George. It’s so refreshing to have an appropriate and clean book like this!! I highly recommend this to fans of McKinley, Levine, Napoli, etc. looking for a quick, entertaining, good read.
5 out of 5 stars