The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time)
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.
Reader reviewed by EshInoBi
The Night Dance was okay... It's about the sisters and
Rowena... their father (Sir Ethan) keeps them basically captive in
their own home as he is afraid they'll 'disappear' just as his wife
did... like an illusion... Turns out the sister of his wife put her
under a lake, and, yeah, they're magical... But, Rowena needed to look
for her, but was distracted by the dancing that the evil sister put for
her and her sisters. When Sir Ethan discovers their slippers torn, he
devises a weird plan to figure out how their slippers are getting
ruined overnight when he has almost all the house covered for no
escape... He offers men a choice of them in wife if the man can find
out where they're going... Rowena falls in love with a man before this
whole ordeal in her own adventure outside the house when she finds a
crack that Sir Ethan later covers... But.. I really didn't like their
loved... He was a knight, and that was awesome, but they basically
loved each other for each other's beauty, which is fine, because, it's
them, but I disapprove of their love... So it was okay, exciting at
times, too mushy at times... Not recommended, many better books, but it
Reader reviewed by Mairi
All twelve of Vivienne's lovely daughters inherited her sense of adventure, but only the youngest, Rowena, has her gift of magic as well- a gift Vivienne is now counting on to save her as her power hungry rival, Morgan le Fay, holds her imprisoned far from her family. Rowena, though, is imprisoned by her overprotective father. She is a young woman by the time she finds a way to slip out of the house into the forest, where she finds her mother's scrying bowl and has a vision of a man called Bedivere.
This book is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses set in Arthurian times. That was what drew me to it at first- I love The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and I have quite a weakness for the story of King Arthur. I read it quickly (it is a short book with short chapters) but then went on to read it again and again and again, loving the way the two stories combined.
I'm not a fan of the author's other books, though- they're simply not my type of literature.