Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA fairy tale retelling
Book Description: When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.
My thoughts: Oliver was looking to put food on the table of his people when he tried to rob Petunia's carriage. He just wanted money and jewels. Instead he was caught up in a magical adventure. He has the opportunity to help put an end to the King of Stone.
Petunia is the youngest of the 12 dancing princesses. Her trip to visit a noble woman wasn't supposed to revive her past and memories of the midnight ball. She and her sisters become the unwilling participants to save the kingdom under stone.
I read the first book in this series a while ago. It was fun for me to revisit the characters and kingdoms. The Princesses are unique and entertaining. They each have their own way of dealing with a crisis.
This book focuses on Petunia. She is no longer six. She is now sixteen. She has a very determined personality. I liked how she stays calm and uses her head when faced with a challenge.
Oliver has his own challenges. The utmost concern is banditry. His Earldom was lost when he was a small child. He and his people rob the rich to put food on their table and clothes on their backs. He is also determined and despite his circumstances is honorable
The book was interesting. It's a great fairy tale for the young at heart. The writing was simple enough for some middle grade readers. It was also written to keep my attention. There were moments where it dragged, but overall the story flowed well. The repetition of the plot was distracting, but wasn't a fatal flaw.
I'm now going to go back and read the second book to see what I missed.
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