The Night Dance:A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses

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The Night Dance:A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Night Dance:A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses By Suzanne Weyn The Night Dance A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses 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 Et

  • Title: The Night Dance:A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses
  • Author: Suzanne Weyn
  • ISBN: 9781416905790
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Night Dance:A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses By Suzanne Weyn 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 Under the stars, in a secret worldRowena, 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 in which they risk their lives for a chance at love.
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    1. Valerie on said:

      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 [...]

    2. Cara on said:

      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 g [...]

    3. ♥Jessica, ♥Lady of the Library♥ on said:

      Click here enchantedlibraries 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 i [...]

    4. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) on said:

      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 [...]

    5. Elevetha on said:

      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 soStoryThe 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 g [...]

    6. Merin on said:

      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 Morga [...]

    7. Bnbookblog on said:

      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 [...]

    8. Brittany on said:

      It s a small book, but people who enjoy reading fairy tales re told will find it a very pleasant light read It also intertwines with the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table having our main male protagonist being one of Arthur s knights It doesn t follow King Arthur s specific story, but this book has some of the main characters in it, such as King Arthur though he s in it for a very short time , Morgan Le Fay and Morgan s son but I forget his name right now , the Lady of the Lake, and Bedi [...]

    9. Meredith on said:

      It s a pretty sweet idea combining King Arthur and the 12 dancing princesses In fact, it s a fabulous idea And the way the story actually goes is also pretty great But I had a very My Fair Lady reaction about the writing You know that song where Eliza sings to Freddy, Words Words Words I m so sick of words I get words all day through First from him, now from you Is that all you blighters can do Don t talk of stars Burning above If you re in love, Show me That s how I felt about this book Show me [...]

    10. Marcia Lynn McClure on said:

      This was one of the very first Once Upon a Time books I readd it s still one of my favorite A spin on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, this version has an Arthurian Legend thread woven through it and I LOVE it It has such a happy, happy ending as well I have to say that Suzanne Weyn is probably my favorite contributor to the Once Upon a Time series

    11. Sandy on said:

      I love to read fairy tale retellings and this one is amazing.Ms Weyn merged 12 Dancing Princesses with King Arthur lore and it turned out to be a wonderful story The Lady of the Lake, Morgan le Fey, and Sir Bedivere Knight of the Round Table join Sir Ethan and his twelve daughters in this adventure that kept me captivated to the very last page.

    12. Ruth on said:

      I liked how this story blended Arthurian legend with the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses It made a nice original angle.

    13. Ali on said:

      This started out as a nice afternoon read I have always been intrigued by this fairytale and am obsessed with anything to do with King Arther, so combining the two was a treat The last few chapters however were rushed to put it nicely So many details which would have seemed to be important were overlooked and characters suddenly lost their charm for sake of time The story wrapped up in a way leaving me very confused I found myself flipping back to make sure I had not skipped a page somewhere.

    14. Rebekah on said:

      Points for originality, blending the myth of Arthur and the Lady of the Lake with the 12 dancing princesses wasn t expected However despite the original spin the story just wasn t as compelling as I wanted it to be.

    15. Wendy on said:

      This was an interesting retelling of the fairy tale It was a bit light on details and character development, but a fun read.

    16. Bloomie on said:

      This book was leaps and bounds better than The Diamond Secret The writing style was up to par, in fact, it may have been the best book I ve read yet by this author Everything was fairly seamless in execution, the merging of the Arthurian Legend with the traditional fairy tale I was impressed My opinion should be a little bit biased, because this is I think my favorite fairy tale ever, but I don t find that it influenced my perception of the tale It was by no means my favorite retelling of the 12 [...]

    17. Martha on said:

      3.5 stars Few minor spoilers The plotThe plot of the story kept to the basic tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses though there wasn t really that much dancing The girls sneaked out from their bedroom into a secret passageway that led to an enchanted lake where their mother, a Lady of the Lake awaited Their overprotective father, aware of their tattered slippers, sets up a contest to eligible bachelors if they solve the riddle of where his daughters disappear to then they will have the choice of [...]

    18. Erika Schoeps on said:

      I don t know what I expected I certainly don t even expect anyone to read this review, because as an intelligent person who follows or reads my reviews, you can tell this book is pretty low quality I remember liking it as a kid, and when I saw it at the library, I had to give it another try.Nope My taste as a child has failed me again I wish I had just left this one alone.This book is a re telling of a fairy tale, which really bothers me because I hate re tellings No matter how many books get pu [...]

    19. Bookworm Jo on said:

      This was a cute version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale.In this book each chapter is told in a different character s point of view The main characters are Rowena, the youngest of the twelve sisters and Sir Bedivere, one of King Arthur s knights of the round table What I liked a lot about this book is that the story takes part of the original tale and adds elements of the King Arthur legends into it Sir Bedivere is the last night of the round table, the lady of the lake and Morgan le F [...]

    20. Mel (Daily Prophecy) on said:

      Also on thedailyprophecyAgain, a very sweet book in the Once upon a time series This is a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses mixed with the tale of Arthur and the round table This was an unique twist and it worked.Summary.Rowena lives with her father and eleven sisters in a house surrounded by a high wall Their mother disappeared when they were young girls Their father is very protective He doesn t want to lose his daughters, so they aren t allowed to go past the wall What he doesn t kno [...]

    21. Gypsy Madden on said:

      This is a delightful tale, full of magic and familiarity with the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as well as the mythology of the Arthurian tales and the various familiar faces from there like Morgan LeFey, Arthur, the Lady of the Lake, and Bedivere The reader can easily identify with Rowena and her sisters as they yearn for their freedom, especially when the older sisters are past their teenage years, as well as understanding the motivations of their father who still grieves the loss of [...]

    22. Historyprincess on said:

      A magnificent retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses I m a sucker for anything that has to do with King Arthur and this kept me interested from beginning to end.Rowena is the youngest of twelve sisters Her father is the famous knight Sir Ethan and is very protective of his daughters Years before, their mother left for a short quest, but never returned Since then, Sir Ethan has constructed a high wall to border his castle and keeps the gate closed at all times.But Rowena is the adventurous ty [...]

    23. Amanda (Orandi et Legendi) on said:

      This retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is set in Arthurian England The twelve sisters mother is Vivienne, the Lady of the Lake This is different than other retellings of the same story.Rowena, the youngest of the twelve sisters, is the main character and the sister who inherited her mother s second sight Even though she does not know or understand her magical inheritance, it could be all that helps her find her missing mother.Rowena s first vision is about an unknown to her knight named [...]

    24. Rachael on said:

      3 3.5 StarsOriginally, this fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses was a bit unfamiliar to me I knew the basic storyline twelve princesses under their father s strict rules went dancing every night and came back with tattered slippers The king then set up a contest whoever could discover where the princesses went each night could choose which one to marry However, after that, there were many deviations some chose the oldest, the smartest, the prettiest, etc In this case, they chose Rowena, [...]

    25. Jenben8426 on said:

      In The Night Dance, Suzanne Weyn takes the classic fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and joins it with the legends of the Lady of the Lake from King Arthur Lore It worked and worked well I had to update myself on some of the King Arthur stories and found myself looking up several things on to review I love if a book requires the reader to do a little bit of background to get the full grasp of the story I do think that the authors should be delving a little bit into the resolution to c [...]

    26. Arthurianmaiden on said:

      This is a delicious, not very long, post Camlann arthurian novel which combines the legends with the story of the twelve dancing princesses in a very elegant, clever and simple way, like a wonderful puzzle Elegant puzzle is what comes to my mind when I think of this book because the author masterfully puts together the various pieces creating a sensible story where many doubts are explained.The main characters are twelve princesses, especially Rowena, who are actually the daughters of Vivienne h [...]

    27. Lindsey on said:

      I still haven t gotten around to reading the actual Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale One of my favorite books, Wildwood Dancing, is based on this tale So after reading this and that, I ve been able to figure out a bit of the tale just by comparing common elements The nice surprise of this book is that the author mixed Arthurian legend in with this tale One part of the plot was sketchy The father held a contest to have young men spend the night practically in the sisters bedroom to find out [...]

    28. Kathy on said:

      If still unsure which retelling this Novel is, it is the retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses which is a fairytale classic that is often missed during childhood I have read quite a large portion of the Once Upon a Time Fairytales and I was especially impressed with Weyn s writing in The Night Dance for her creativity and crossing the normal restrictions that fairytales often place on authors who try to bring something new to the table The story follows the storyline of the original in such [...]

    29. Sunshine Rainbows on said:

      Loved this book This is my kind of book with its picturesque backdrops and beautiful imagery depicting an elaborate fairytale If you are like me and read as a form of escapism, I highly recommend this story and this genre.The story mixes two classic narrative pieces Grimm s The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Merlin It s interesting to see how the writer converges these two very diverse stories It keeps you wondering at each turn of the book how and where the story will go since this is a fairytal [...]

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