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10 thoughts on “The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses"

  1. says:

    In all honesty after I finished reading this I could think of was huh Don t misinterpret me this is not a bad huh just I kind of confused one.This time around I did have some background of the original tale from reading Jessica Day George s Princess of the Midnight Ball Highly recommended But on to this retelling Suzanne Weyn in her other retellings always relies on a historical setting to place the fariy tales in In this one she incorporated the well known Arthurian legends That was a totally good move on her part It weaved well in the story because we see her version of the life behind the mysterious Lady of the Lake, which in this tale turns out to be the mother of the dancing princesses Ok this is going to be an irrational irk on my part but it bothered me to no end that Rowena the focus of the book is the youngest of the sisters This shouldn t have bothered me, but really she doesn t display too much of the characteristics of the youngest Then there is sweet Bedivere that is simply devoteful, but I thought the whole soulmate bit was over done I mean really that fast The most ridiculous thing is when their father sets up the contest that any man can marry one of his daughters if they solve the mystery behind the girls worn out slippers This is not what is ridiculous, but he lets the men stay in a room beside theirs to solve the mystery Ummm maybe I m really smart but shouldn t have he tried to do this exact thing himself first I think it s kind of obvious but I get why it was done because that was the only way to have the adventure that ensues.It was lovely though, and the part where they go through the different forests was symbolic but a little too short Good but not great and that s why all I thought in the end was huh , because I was expecting to love it since it had such good bones with the Arthurian legends to help it along Could have been better but still worth a read.


  2. says:

    This was a good book It was all nice and sweet Just like every other book in the series true love prevails above all Rowena is a good protagonist and Sir Bedivere is all you want in your knight in shining armor I like the the story of the 12 dancing princesses and the way Weyn portrays the story is done well But I couldn t get over the fact that out of all the 12 sisters Rowena just has to be the most beautiful, as well as the most adventurous and the only daughter with the second sight Also Sir Bedivere just has to be the most handsome of all the knights aside from Arthur who dies There is only one sister you really get to know other than Rowena This is due to how short it is so its forgivable.There isn t as much rising action as I would ve hoped for The struggle was just too easy for me I like it when the characters have to work really hard to finally find there happiness It makes it all the sweeter and it makes me feel like the characters are strong and they really deserve it Its not that Rowena and Bedivere don t deserve happiness because they are good people but I felt like they just got it so easily The ending resolves everything The good guys win and the bad guys lose There is magic, love, and revenge so its a good read.


  3. says:

    Click here It s book stuff At the beginning of this book Everyone else around me at school and such Me Reading Middle and end of this bookEveryone else around me at school and such Me Reading Really, what I m trying to say is that at the beginning it was very tiring, boring and not interesting But towards the end, it got way better That s why it doesn t deserve 5 stars You don t get 5 stars when only 1 3 cf the book is good This book had the sound of an old fairy tale, which is good because it is a retelling of one You know, the usual, people falling in love at first sight Evil spiritsI ve actually seen a lot of people complaining about that, but they should get over themselves What do you expect when you pick up a re telling of a fairy tale Jeez Also, the cover was pretty cool Seriously It s pretty amazing.I don t have anything else to say I think I ve elaborated enough.But wait I forgot to tell you I tried to party with the others and it didn t end too well


  4. says:

    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 Bedivere s quest to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake Well Ms Weyn did an excellent job.The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been one of my favorite fairy tales I was excited to read a fantasy story built around this tale Ms Weyn preserved the aspects of this story that I really liked, and gave them a different spin I found I wanted to know about the twelve princesses dad, Sir Ethan Colchester, because we meet him and his wife, Vivienne, who happens to be the Lady of the Lake long before we meet the daughters It was interesting seeing how the girls parents met, and how this tied into the King Arthur myth They are both shown as sympathetic characters who have reasons for why their actions have led to the princesses being motherless and locked away from the world We also get to see the youngest daughter, Rowena find true love with the sole remaining knight, Bedivere Also we see one of the oldest daughters fall in love with a would be suitor who fails Sir Ethan s challenge to stay awake and see why his daughters shoes are tattered every morning after being locked in their bedrooms And we get to see what becomes of the other ten daughters as well I don t want to tell you the whole story, and give too much away It s short, but a rewarding read, especially if you like fairy retellings and King Arthur.


  5. says:

    I love fairytale retellings It s one of my favorite genres of books because unlike modern day stuff, these kinds can take on a world of their own Rowena doesn t know a lot about what happened between her father and her mother When she was a baby, her mother left and never returned and her father shut all 12 children in a castle They can have anything they want except the one thing they needfreedom But when the girls discover a secret passage hidden within the floor of their castle, they explore and find so much than they ever intended And they might just find a way to free their mother from her watery prison.This was a clean retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses which was interesting enough to keep reading but not good enough to remember The way the author weaves in other legends into this one had me confused and the romance was anything but Girl meets guy They start kissing and professing love to each other within the next five pages.This book is appropriate for ages 13.


  6. says:

    The Night Dance was a cute retelling I enjoyed this twist on The Twelve Dancing Princesses I felt bad for the mom and how she was trapped for so long The dad was a little crazy and I felt he went overboard trying to protect his daughters.The ending was really good and I loved that true love won D


  7. says:

    The 1.5 stars I gave this is purely for the ingenuity of mixing The Twelve Dancing Princesses with Arthurian myths legends Other than that, it s just a bad book It s badly done My review might be a little confusing My notes were a little hard to read so..StoryThe Lady of the Lake, Vivienne, put a spell on fell in love with Sir Ethan and they had six sets of twins, all girls When the eldest of the sets was 5 6 ish years old, Vivienne left their cottage for a walk and never returned She managed to get herself trapped in the Lake that was moved underground and put a spell on by Morgan le Fay Sir Ethan was so afraid that something should happen to his girls that he built up and around the cottage and turned it into a manor and built a wall around it that the girls could never leave the limited grounds Other than themselves, the girls grew up with no friends or social interaction There were also no boys around except for the stable boys etc, which could account for the way that some of them meet a guy and poof they are in love Rowena, the youngest of the girls, being a curious thing yearning for something , finds herself a way out of the wall and finds her mother s scrying bowl Also in the forest, she sees Bedivere and he sees her in a vision dream through use of Rowena s magical abilities that are not well thought out It is never explained well or at all After seeing Bedivere, this is Rowena, She had already fallen so deeply and inexplicably in love with him that his death was too terrible to be considered for even a moment Bedivere just wants to pull the beautiful girl from his vision dream to his side and kiss her Yep, he s a real winner.My reaction to both of these brainless twits The scrying bowl mentioned earlier allows Rowena see her mother trapped in the Lake but since she was baby when Vivienne left, Rowena doesn t recognize her Using Vivienne s mute guidance and all of Eleanore s the eldest wits, the 12 girls find a trap door with music emanating from within They dance their way down to tunnels and caves But they don t find their mother Morgan eventually send them suitors that dance them through the night This whole thing was Morgan s brainchild to get Excalibur which Bedivere has Don t worry, he s coming So the girls return from their night of dancing with their slippers torn and dirty Ethan is outraged that they went to the OUTDOOR WOODS He locks them inside their room and it happens again.Also, at this time, Bedivere, a Knight of the Round Table, is on a quest to get Excalibur to the Lake He swore that he would do so to Arthur as it was Arthur s dying wish command Bedivere finds his way to the manor but there is no lake He meets Rowena outside and, literally, less than two 2 pages later, they are passionately kissing one another Insta love Aarrrggggghhhhhh displeased and grumpy After meeting him once, Rowena s POV thinks, How would she go on if she could never see him again She simply could not endure life without the possibility of seeing him All that mattered now was Bedivere, her love of the North Country What happened to getting to know one another They knew , if you call it that, one another for less than five minutes That is not love That is attraction and infatuation You have to know someone to truly love them And, though they seemed to be willing to do anything for one another, there was never any proof that they had forged a unbreakable bond and if they had, how It was not possible in the way it s written in the book In addition, in all but ONE 1 scene, Bedivere and Rowena kiss with desperate passion It s really annoying Ethan sets up the contest where a man will attempt to find out where they are going and how they are accomplishing escaping The girls put the first man to sleep with a potion Bedivere is next and Rowena warns him not to drink the potion And Bedivere conquers and Vivienne is set free and everybody is happy They kiss, they dance, I don t care The end Not recommended I would suggest Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George It s another retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses and far better It s awesome.


  8. says:

    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 girls are the daughter of a self made Count, who met their mother near a lake in the forest The woman turns out to be Vivienne, the Lady of the Lake, and Arthur s aunt She s trapped in the lake by Morgan Le Fay, causing Ethan, the husband, to think she left him This makes him extremely overprotective of his daughters, whom he raises in a walled in manor house.I liked how the author switched the viewpoint of the narrator throughout, although it did get kind of clunky in some spots Rowena the youngest daughter and Bevidere the Knight were my favorites, though I ve always had a problem with the lack of feeling that the sisters have for the men they end up tricking, causing them to lose their lives, and was glad that Weyn only had two men attempt it view spoiler and allowed both of them survive hide spoiler


  9. says:

    So at first I was a little Ok, a lot skeptical I mean it s The 12 Dancing Princesses meets The Knights of the Round Table, you have to admit, it sounds just about as good as Cheetos and milk weird right But, not all weird things have to be bad And this book just happens to be one of them


  10. says:

    I was so excited about this book I d read a couple of the books in the Once Upon a Time series and had enjoyed them The Storyteller s Daughter is just fantastic The story of the 12 Dancing Princesses is one of my all time favorites, and I m also a bit of a sucker for Arthurian legend I thought that combining the two would be fantastic Alas, I was disappointed The story just never gelled It followed two characters who were separated and then came together, but the way they met didn t really make sense The magics weren t well defined a problem for a fantasy novel because they weren t exactly Arthurian, but then weren t like those in a typical fairy tale The combination made one of the central elements very confusing and took away from the book The plot was also a fusion that just didn t work Sometimes it felt that I needed to be thinking about Camelot, yet at others I should have remembered the fairy tales I love fusions and twist on fairy tales, but this time it just felt choppy It didn t blend together like it needed to Besides that, it was predictable I didn t know exactly how everything was going to happen, but I knew ahead of time what was going on I hate being able to guess a plot and I m also really terrible at it , and it really detracts from the story in my opinion.The characters were nothing remarkable The villain didn t seem that evil, and the good characters were on the boring side I wanted depth and differences and found none The romance was so blah It was safe and typical complete with the whole true love is magnificent, immediate, and conquers heals all things message Maybe I m just a cynic, but I think that it s complicated than that I guess I m also comparing this retelling with Jessica Day George s magnificent Princess of the Midnight Ball, so it even weaker The writing wasn t that great, so there was nothing to really save the book The dialogue was unsophisticated and Weyn tended to drop information on you like a brick There wasn t any nuance.I was saddened by this book I wanted it to be good and fun, but it failed me If you want a better retelling of the same story grab the book by Jessica Day George that I mentioned because you won t regret it Unfortunately, I can t say the same for this one.Book from Library


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