In this compelling retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Azalea and her sisters are lost and confused when their mother dies. In his grief, their father the king pushes the girls away when they need him most. And their greatest joy, dancing, is forbidden as they are in mourning. Faced with the idea of not dancing for a year, especially the year in which she is supposed to find her future husband, Azalea is angry and scared. So, when she and her sisters discover a secret passage in their room that leads to an enchanted dancing pavilion, they swear on silver never to tell the King. However, as with most magic, all is not as it seems, and there is a high price to pay for their enchanted dancing.
The mystery of Keeper and the magic of the castle blend well with the light romance of the novel. But Azalea’s growing understanding of what her family, especially her father, means to her add depth to her coming-of-age. While this novel is shelved in our young adult area, upper elementary school readers will enjoy it, as well as anyone who loved Princess of the Midnight Ball.
Reviewed by Melendra