Monday, July 5, 2010
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
There's something going on in the royal Westfalian family, and no one can figure out what it is. The twelve princesses of all different ages haven't been to a ball in years - and yet every morning the maids wake from a deep sleep to find that the girls' dancing slippers have been worn through. And while the king puts up with this for a very long time, he soon comes to the end of his rope and says his throne (when he dies) and one of his daughters belongs to the man who can solve this mystery.
Galen, a former soldier working with his uncle as one of the king's undergardners, watches the progress as nine princes come and go with no luck in solving the mystery. Having met the princesses, Galen is concerned for their safety and decides to play his own hand, hoping that a few unexpected gifts and talents may help him along the way.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been a favorite story of mine, ever since I read the Disney version in the Disney Fairytale Book. For a few years now I've been wanting to find a book that holds the same wonderful story I read all that time ago, but revised and for an older audience. After a little research I came across an author by the name of Jessica Day George, who had written exactly what I was looking for. I had never heard of George, but was willing to give this book a try for the sake of my love for the story.
I'm SOOOO glad I read this book! It was well told and easy to follow, but with some great twists that are George's original addition to the story - her signature print. The princesses are easy to like, as is Galen, the wonderful hero of this story.
Since this book I've read George's Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (post coming soon!) and am currently reading her newest novel, Princess of Glass. I can officially say that I love this author. And while she's not the next J. K. Rowling, her stories deliver, they're fun, they're adventurous, and they're clean, which I've found can be a big problem in modern literature. All those things, and more, make George's works so enjoyable that you'll want to come back for more.