George, Jessica Day Princess of the Silver Woods, 334 p. Bloomsbury, 2012. $17. Language: PG (3 swears, 0 ‘f’), Violence: PG; Mature Content: G.
It’s been ten years since Galen helped the twelve dancing sisters defeat the King Under Stone and Princess Petunia is off to visit the Grand Duchess Volenskaya and her gorgeous son, Dmitri. When she is waylaid and kidnapped by bandits in the woods, however, she finds Oliver, a displaced earl, who also tugs at her heart. None of the princesses know that the Princes Under Stone and their new King have been scheming and plotting and gathering minions for the last ten years in order to recapture the princesses and force them to wed in their dark palace – and some of those minions are very close to Petunia. With three handsome men vying for her hand, Petunia will need her sisters, their human princes, a lot of magic and massive amounts of courage in order to defeat their enemies and be free of the Under Stone forever.
Ms. George has totally redeemed herself in my eyes with the third in the Dancing Princesses series. The characters and their situations ring true to the fairy tale setting, increasing the danger from the first novel and weaving in just bits of other tales. You could really eliminate the second book in the series and just go straight to this one and be very satisfied. Your girls who love romance, danger and a bit of fairy dust will be enchanted.
EL, MS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher