The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time)
Under the stars, in a secret world... Rowena, the youngest of twelve sisters, loves to slip out of the castle at night and dance in a magical forest. Soon she convinces her sisters to join her. When Sir Ethan notices that his daughters' slippers look tattered every morning, he is certain they've... show more
Under the stars, in a secret world... Rowena, the youngest of twelve sisters, loves to slip out of the castle at night and dance in a magical forest. Soon she convinces her sisters to join her. When Sir Ethan notices that his daughters' slippers look tattered every morning, he is certain they've been sneaking out. So he posts a challenge to all the suitors in the kingdom: The first man to discover where his daughters have been is free to marry the one he chooses. Meanwhile a handsome young knight named Bedivere is involved in a challenge of his own: to return the powerful sword, Excalibur, to a mysterious lake. While looking for the lake, Bedivere meets the beautiful Rowena and falls for her. Bedivere knows that accepting Sir Ethan's challenge is the only opportunity for him to be with Rowena forever. But this puts both Bedivere and Rowena in a dangerous situation...one in which they risk their lives for a chance at love.
Publish date: November 25th 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Historical Fiction
, Fairy Tales
, Fairy Tale Retellings
Series: Once Upon A Time Fairytales
Mediocre mashup of Arthurian legend and Grimm. Too much telling, not enough showing, convenient magic, instalove, and irritatingly swoony princesses.
This was an interesting retelling of the Grimm Brothers' The Twelve Dancing Princesses, which took the original fairy tale and combined it with Arthurian legend, making the boy who figures out the mystery behind the girls' worn out shoes one of Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. In this story, the...
READ THE FULL REVIEW HEREThe 12 daughters of Sir Ethan have been locked up since the disappearance of their mother long ago.Bedivere is the last night of the Round Table, and is on a quest to find the Lady of the Lake & return Excalibur to her.Rowena, the youngest of the 12, starts having strange dr...
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s short, quick, fun and exciting.I expected this to be a retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” as said on the cover. What I didn’t expect is the whirling in of another lore such as the “Lady of the Lake” well known from the tales of King Arthur. It was i...
The Night Dance is a wonderful combination of the fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and King Arthur legend. I was captivated at the first page, but at the same time wondering how the author could successfully tell this story and use the death of King Arthur and the sole remaining knight Be...