Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls.
All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below.
But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above. Hardcover , pages. The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Princess of the Midnight Ball , please sign up. Is this book appropriate for year-olds??? Abby-Rose Viveiros Yup, it's a perfectly wholesome book. Some sensitive readers may find the "king under stone" a little scary, but that's about it. Anthea yes, each of the main characters are sisters. There is an overarching plot, so the books should be read in this order: See all 7 questions about Princess of the Midnight Ball…. Lists with This Book. Mar 29, Amber rated it it was ok. This story was lacking in too many elements to be enjoyable for me.
The characters were so underdeveloped that the weren't likable- the writing didn't make me love the hero or hate the villain. The romance lacked passion and believability. I couldn't ever figure out what the hero and heroine saw in each other, and why the hero would go to such lengths to save the heroine. And the plot was so predicable- I never wondered whether or not the princesses would be saved in the end, and the ending wasn This story was lacking in too many elements to be enjoyable for me.
And the plot was so predicable- I never wondered whether or not the princesses would be saved in the end, and the ending wasn't suspenseful at all. I would have liked more detail and description in this story. View all 8 comments. That was a sweet retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It's in a German setting and follows the original story really well! A lot of people ask me for recommendations for clean, happy fantasy adventures with a hint of romance, so this is pretty much the definition of that.
It's all very cute and peaceful, yet there's still a full plot and the characters are believable. The greatest part is how the soldier Galen is always knitting something and there are actually patterns in the back for ev That was a sweet retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The greatest part is how the soldier Galen is always knitting something and there are actually patterns in the back for everything he made throughout the story.
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: The malevolent King Under Stone cuts not one deal, but two, with the queen of the country of Westfalin: In return, the human queen agrees to spend one night per week dancing with the King Under Stone in his underground kingdom. But the once-human king has an agenda, and supernatural beings have a way of twisting their a Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: But the once-human king has an agenda, and supernatural beings have a way of twisting their agreements to find loopholes.
When the queen dies before fulfilling her bargain, the King Under Stone forces her twelve daughters to finish the contract by secretly coming down to his kingdom and dancing with his dark sons. In fact, he has no intention of releasing them, and is slowly binding the girls with his magic to his kingdom, as well as preventing them from telling anyone what is happening to them. Their frantic father, the King of Westfalin, begs for help from neighboring royalty and nobility, but each young man who tries to find out why the princesses are exhausted and have worn-out dancing slippers falls asleep, fails to solve the puzzle … and then mysteriously dies.
But in general Jessica Day George follows the traditional plotline, so the surprises are relatively mild for any reader familiar with the original story. Who knew there were so many flower names for girls? Still, with twelve sisters, this likely would have been an issue for me no matter what they were named. I found Princess of the Midnight Ball pleasant reading but not memorable. George has written two sequels, Princess of Glass and Princess of the Silver Woods , which continue the series with two of the younger princesses as main characters, and also weave in themes and elements from other fairy tales Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, respectively.
I actually consider both of these sequels stronger works than this first book in the series, primarily because of the greater creativity in their plots. There are YA books that are detailed and complex enough for adults to enjoy, and then there are those that are so simply told that they truly are just for the kids. This, I think, is one of the latter. Somehow three different novelizations of The Twelve Dancing Princesses have come my way in the last three or four months: None of them is perfect, but I liked Wildwood Dancing the best. Midnight Ball will appeal mostly to girls in the age range, I think.
The writing is on the simplistic side. It was a pleasant, unobjectionable read and a fairly straightforward retelling of the original fairy tale. To put it another way, it felt very middle school-ish.
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Which is fine if you're This book and my review just resurfaced in the comment thread, and I've been thinking again about this one and Wildwood Dancing. It's worth mentioning that I just increased my rating of Wildwood to 5 stars, and one year after reading Princess of the Midnight Ball, I have absolutely no recollection of the plot of this book, or how it's distinguishable from multiple other retellings of the twelve dancing princesses fairy tale.
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That doesn't mean it's a bad book, just that, for me, it was completely forgettable. View all 14 comments. Reread this April , as I get ready to write the third book. Kinda impressed with myself. View all 12 comments. Jan 09, Cara rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cara by: I couldn't fall asleep one night and without even realizing it I was so caught up and enchanted by the story it was six in the morning when I finished the book.
This is a retelling but I'm not familiar with the original tale, so I can't say how close it is to the original. It stands on it's own though and you don't need any prior knowledge of the story to enjoy it. The story starts out with our hero Galen great name by the way coming back from a war that he and his fellow soldiers have been figh I couldn't fall asleep one night and without even realizing it I was so caught up and enchanted by the story it was six in the morning when I finished the book. The story starts out with our hero Galen great name by the way coming back from a war that he and his fellow soldiers have been fighting in for twelve years.
At eighteen he has seen more tragedy and bloodshed than most have in their lives. Despite and because of all this he is such a lovable character. I won't go into detail but eventually his path crosses with the beloved twelve princesses of Westfalin what would be considered Germany today most probably. There is a mystery surrounding the twelve princesses, for some reason their dancing slippers our all worn through every third night.
No one sees where they go and can't seem to explain why this happens. I did have trouble keeping up with which sister was which, but other than that the story flowed well. My sister who recommended it to me said that the beginning was slow going to her, but I thought the story had enough going on to keep the reader engaged.
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I can't say how much I loved the Galen character too bad he isn't real and in reality I don't think there could be, but a girl can dream This enchanting, romantic, adventurous tale of Rose and Galen is a must read. View all 11 comments. Jan 17, Gkeller rated it it was amazing. I bought this book yesterday at work, and was excited to start it. I had some time in the evening and read a few pages. When I woke early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep, I decided to read for a while. I have read other variations on the 12 dancing princesses, but this one had different twist and turns that made it so much different and better!
Nov 07, Emer rated it liked it Shelves: He had fallen into an easy quick-march pace. A book that makes you happy, holds your hand, offers you a warm smile and a friendly embrace. I made a lot of contented sighing noises while reading this. It is a nice, easy read. It is not too taxing on the mind, not too heavy on the heart… everything just happens at a gentle pace.
The retelling focuses on Galen: Here Galen meets the twelve princesses and in particular, the story focuses on Rose, the eldest princess. Galen and Rose have a really sweet relationship. They instantly like each other and there follows some gentle flirting and teasing…. He had butterflies in his stomach, wondering if he was taking the teasing too far. Despite being locked into their rooms at night with maids and guards keeping vigil each of the twelve princesses appear each morning with worn out dancing slippers… where do the girls go to???
The princesses become weaker and sickly, yet still each morning they appear with worn out slippers??? Who is forcing them to dance against their will?? What witchcraft could it be??? Are they all cursed???
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Or are they the ones doing the cursing??? Noble princes are sent to find out and are promised hands in marriage and kingship if they solve the mystery… but to no avail and mysteriously each of these princes soon die after returning to their own lands. It is up to our brave soldier-cum-gardener Galen to figure out the mystery, break the spell and banish the evil doers…. A magician so steeped in evil that he had ceased to be human, transforming himself and his most devout followers into something other: According to legend, centuries ago every country on the continent of Ionia had risen up against him and cast him into an underground prison.
He was too powerful to be destroyed completely, and trapping him in a sunless realm with only his followers to rule over had been the only solution. This was just so cute!!!!!!!!! It was like Princess Rose and eleven other florally named princesses who all merged together into one character… but I did not mind! I enjoyed the slow-pacing. I enjoyed the romance, the intrigue, the mystery… Sometimes we need life to go at a slower pace. We need to escape the harshness of the real world and I found my escape here in the pages of this book.
Did it change my life? Make me feel all the feels??? But some times that is not the point!!! This book made me smile. It made me happy. It gave me good feelings. It left me with a sense of contentment… And sometimes all we want from life is that happily ever after… Read this if you want something gentle, if you are tired, if you are ill… It will restore your soul and gently cradle you between its loving pages.
Jan 04, Rachel E. Carter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Felt just like the fairytales I grew up on. Maybe not my favorite book as far as YA or romance, but it was still spellbinding from first page to last, there's just something special about the storytelling that made me feel as if I were reliving the old illustrated collection I grew up on. I would get this book for anyone that loves fairytales in a heartbeat. Apr 10, Tatiana rated it liked it Recommends it for: No gore, no violence here, suitable for pretty much any age.
The premise is straight forward - the King of Westfalin's 12 daughters nightly wear out their dancing slippers. Several princes attempt to uncover the princesses' secret for a reward of inheriting the Kingdom, but fail. I am not familiar with the original tale, so it's hard to tell how much the author has expanded on it. Princess of the Midnight Ball is a nicely written story with an interesting setting and likable characters. Galen is certainly a peculiar hero with a penchant for knitting yeah, I know, not necessarily a turn-on for me either and princesses are mostly interesting too, especially those who are developed better.
The main weakness of the story IMO is that the magic is a bit shaky - it is unexplained why Galen knows how to do certain things. I can't say there is anything remarkable or of a wow quality here - no spectacular writing or characterization or mythology, but overall the novel is a cute, light, engaging read. I will probably read more retellings by Jessica Day George , whenever mood calls for something like it. Maybe these two put some new, interesting spin on it. The plot is more than close to the original story about twelve princesses. The book is good but the idea and its execution were shamelessly stolen.
Okay, it's a retelling, usually this is normal. But only if you take an idea and develop it in your own way. When you transform pages-story into a pages-one a lot of dialogues and inner monologues make wonders by pouring water between the lines, and then sign the result with your name I was waiting for unexpected twists, for some underground-orgies, court intrigues and revolutions… even a mere good romance could save the story for me.
The book is well-written, it fairytale-stuff looks nice, but the author did miss with her audience. The plot is too simple, clean and steady for ya-guys, there are no blood, real kisses or strong language. For me the book was a waste of time. But juveniles would love it, I guess.
View all 10 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, unfortunately I promised a few people that I would write a review on this book I mean, maybe one I am not particularly good at writing thoughtful, lengthy reviews To be quite frank, upon finishing Princess of the Midnight Ball I felt deeply annoyed at myself for ever having picked up this book -- and having it sit in the corner of my room, making me feel guilty, for almost eight months.
At times this book showed some potential So, unfortunately I promised a few people that I would write a review on this book I mean, maybe one At times this book showed some potential most definitely not as a YA book, however but the plot was so askew and the characters -- especially Galen and Rose, two of the most annoying POVs ever -- were cliche and didn't have the slightest depth.
I got so bored mid-way through the book, and already felt like it should have ended by then even though the story is already very short at pages. There were lots of problems with the story itself, and it lacked much excitement and most definitely a good romance. Galen and Rose were such an annoying pair and their feelings for each other didn't seem real to me; I honestly didn't much care whether their "relationship" would work out in the end or not.
And -- I suppose this is a spoiler, but it was so pathetically lame that I don't think it really matters if you read on -- Heinrich returning to Lily in the end during Galen and Rose's WEDDING, wow made me groan and actually put down the book for a few minutes. The King Under Stone was a terrible villain, and Rose's story began to get quite tiresome to me.
There were many loopholes in the plot, too -- for one, why did the king only realize that the princesses wore out their dancing slippers every third night after they had already been doing it for YEARS? And why did Angier still seem completely oblivious to what was going on with the princesses even after gaining possession of Queen Maude's diary?
Despite its many faults, I do believe that if I had picked up Princess of the Midnight Ball at an earlier age I might have enjoyed it more. Unfortunately, though, I don't think I'll be giving any of Jessica Day George's other books a shot for a while now. Perhaps they just aren't my thing.
I also know how much thought and hard work goes into writing a book like this, and I appreciate that fully -- this is purely my opinion, not meant to offend anybody. I did enjoy some of the humor in this book, and some parts of it were pleasurable.
But I must say I'm glad to have finally gotten it over with. View all 17 comments. Nov 14, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: A delightful retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses with charming and interesting characters and the true meaning of love. Mar 25, Sesana rated it really liked it Shelves: Maybe I haven't looked closely enough, but one rarely sees this particular story get retold. Probably because it requires a big cast of characters. Yes, there are indeed twelve dancing princesses here, and George tries valiantly to give them all personality, but there's only so much an author can do in pages.
That said, the featured princesses were all interesting enough that it didn't bother me that some D Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses story. That said, the featured princesses were all interesting enough that it didn't bother me that some Daisy, for example weren't given much substance.
I was also thoroughly charmed by our hero, Galen. I will cheerfully admit that I decided to read this book because Galen is a knitter. And his knitting is not only an integral part of the character, it's an integral part of the plot. The story itself is mostly a straight-forward retelling of the original.
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The curse prevents them from speaking of it, and every prince who attempts to learn their secret in hopes of marrying one of them and inheriting the crown ends up dead by the next full moon. Galen Werner is a soldier who is returning from the Westfalin-Analousia war. On his way to the city of Bruch to live with his mother's sister Liesel Orm, Galen meets an old woman. After he shares his food with her, the woman gives him white and black yarn and an invisibility cloak, saying that he would have to use them when "He" tries to get to the surface.
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