- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 29, 2011)
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
I always loved the story of the 12 dancing princesses. This re-telling is no exception. I truley felt for the girls who had just lost there mother and also there father to grief and war. They felt so alone and unloved by there father. The descriptions of the pavilion and the dances were great! I really enjoyed the part where the King returns from war. The girls start off so cold towards him, but after he publishes the riddle of the girls it is great watching them all slowly heal and grow closer. I think I most adored the love interests. It was all done so well, and cleanly and proper! I really felt like the characters danced off the page (hehe did you see what I did there?) Reading this was like watching a fairy tale come to life in my head. If you are a fan of fairy tale re-tellings, or just a fan of a great book then this is a must read. I am giving this one 5 stars!