Ahoy there me mateys! I am a fan of fairytale retellings and so when I saw the title and this cover:
I was intrigued. It is a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses and I love that story. The highlights of this story were the main character, Zita and her friend Breckin, the stableboy. I liked how a 13th princess was added to the story and how she had to save the day. With the help of her friends of course.
The plot does meander a bit and I knew the evil character practically at once so that hampered me enjoyment a little. However Zita is lively and smart and loving. The 12 princesses are basically interchangeable and hard to tell apart. But getting more of the story from the perspective of the working characters of the kingdom like the Cook, soldiers, and such was a nice twist. I also liked the juxtaposition of Zita the servant and Zita the princess.
Altogether this book is worth a read but I do not believe I would add it to me favorites shelf to be reread.
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
The Thirteenth Princess is the story of Zita, the thirteenth daughter of a king who wanted only sons. When she was born, Zita’s father banished her to the servants’ quarters, where she must work in the kitchen and can only communicate with her royal sisters insecret. Then, after Zita’s twelfth birthday, the princesses all fall mysteriously ill. The only clue is their strangely worn and tattered shoes.
With the help of her friends—Breckin the stable boy, Babette the witch, and Milek the soldier—Zita follows her bewitched sisters into a magical world of endless dancing and dreams. But something more sinister is afoot—and unless Zita and her friends can break the curse, the twelve princesses will surely dance to their deaths.
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