Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Synopsis: Five adventurous sisters. Four dark creatures. Three magical gifts. Two forbidden lovers. One enchanted frogs. Cross the threshold into the Wildwood, and enter a land of magic, daring, betrayal and true love.

Review: This is the second of the three books I read that retell Grimm's The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Of the three, this one follows the story the least. Only five sisters, and they aren't princesses, merely the daughters of a rich merchant. This story is woven with the Transylvania myths of Baba Yaga and the Vampires, and told from the viewpoint of the second sister. Combine all this with a villain who is thinks he's right, a magic frog and dark promise made as children, and you have a wonderful story. Of the three, this elicited the most emotion and this is the one I stayed up late to read. I connected easily with Jena, the main character, and with her sisters. They danced every night by choice, their dancing a place of refugee and joy amidst a deepening pool of sorrow in the real world. The love was the best kind - a friendship that became love. It was swee
I highly recommend this work, particularly for those who like myths and fables and talking animals.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 12-30-2012
Pages: 407

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