Princess of the Midnight Ball, a Book Review
By Jessica Day George. 2009. Bloomsbury U.S.A Children’s Books
Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of the old fairy tale 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses'. In this rendition of the tale the twelve princesses are forced to dance their nights away in the secret underground realm of the wicked and magical King Under Stone. Princess Rose is the oldest of the twelve sisters and feels the burden of caring for her increasingly exhausted sisters. Galen is a soldier just fresh from the battle field, who finds himself falling in love with the lovely Princess Rose. In a desperate move Rose’s father offers his Kingdome and the hand of one daughter in marriage to any prince who can find out why every night the princess’s dancing slippers are worn through and why his daughters are physically and emotionally exhausted. But can Galen, a simple commoner, discover their secret when all other princes have failed?
My Star Review
I enjoyed this book. I found this story to be a very easy read, perfect for when you only want to spend a few hours on a light subject. I don’t like the term ‘young adult’ when regarding reading level. I found this book simply to have very clear writing with easy, uncomplicated wording that fit the plot without dumbing it down at all. The reading level is definitely easy but does not detract from the story. I believe that if you like sweet romances in the fairy tale genre you will probably enjoy this book quite a bit. For appropriateness level I would report that there was nothing beyond some kissing and some slight violence. Anyone who can read is probably old enough to easily handle this content.
It was a simple plot and there was little suspense regarding romance. From the beginning it was obvious which characters were meant as soul mates. The charm of this book was the light hearted writing, which permeated the story even at the tense climactic scene. I am familiar with the original fairy tale so for others who have not read the original the plot may be somewhat less obvious. The big question is how Galen is going to save the princesses and the kingdom. This story wraps up nicely with no really compelling loose ends. The hardback copy runs 280 pages long. It was about $15 dollars new in hardback. I recommend this book specifically for young girls, but also broadly for anybody who likes an easy romance in fantasy.
This book does have a sequel called Princess of Glass which I will also review.
About the Author
I always enjoy books by Jessica Day George. Her Dragon slippers series and other books are fun little fantasy stories. Her writing style is constant throughout all of her books. Not one has let me down so far. I especially enjoyed 'Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow', which is Beauty and the Beast retold in an entirely unique way. I will probably be doing a book review on this one very soon. I love when authors take traditional fairy tales and tell them in a new way, which Jessica Day George does really well.
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