Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wildwood Dancing (Y.A. Challenge #9)

I could not put this book down. I love this fairy tale anyway but Marillier made it completely new. Juliette Marillier wrote Daughter of the Forest, one of my very favorite fairy tale retellings of the Grimm's Brother's Wild Swans stories. Wildwood Dancing is based on another fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses only in this case there are five sisters, Tatiana, Jenica, Paula, Iulia, and Stella who go dancing in a magic kingdom.

The second daughter, Jenica, narrates the story of the wonders and danger of traveling between worlds. During each full moon, the five sisters use a portal in their bedroom to visit the Other Kingdom. During one of their visits, Tatiana meets and is instantantly attracted to Sorrow, a young man who seems to be one of the Night People who feed on human blood. This isn't even the beginning of their problems.

Jenica and Gogu, her enchanted frog, must figure out a way to keep the secret of the Other Kingdom safe and also keep the sister's ill father's business out of the hands of Cezar, their grasping cousin.

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