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 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.
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: 417
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. 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. Al [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 t [...]

    4. 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 fant [...]

    5. 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 mana [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 real [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

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

    13. 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 somewher [...]

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

    16. 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 t [...]

    17. 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 ch [...]

    18. 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 g [...]

    19. 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 l [...]

    20. 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. Wha [...]

    21. 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. 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 adventur [...]

    23. 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 kn [...]

    24. 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 th [...]

    25. 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 more into the reso [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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 more 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 [...]

    28. 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 i [...]

    29. 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 [...]

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