Here is this week’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks post…
Princess of Glass
by Jessica Day George
I am a sucker for a good fairy-tale retelling. Jessica Day George’s Princess series is one of these.
Princess of Glass is the second (and hopefully not last!) of these books. Princess of the Midnight Ball comes before it, and tells the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. This sequel, as you might be able to tell from the title, retells Cinderella.
However, unlike most Cinderella stories out there, the title character is not the heroine. In fact, for much of the book you aren’t sure if the Cinderella character is a good or bad guy. (And I’m not revealing that here.) Instead, the heroine is one of the younger sisters from the first book. Princess Poppy is one of the middle of the twelve sisters, the one that the author said she had the best feel for. Reading this book, I can see why. Poppy is a very fun character.
I don’t think I ever really reviewed Princess of the Midnight Ball on here, either. It’s very well told, and takes the “real” fairy tale and puts it forth as a fantasy story flawlessly. One of the changes that I like to this story is that the princesses aren’t dancing nightly because they want to, but because they’re under a curse. In the usual stories about the Twelve Dancing Princesses, they always seem pretty heartless, dancing happily along knowing that the princes who try to stop them will be killed if they don’t discover the secret.
Both of these two books have highly enjoyable characters. The princesses, as well as their heroes, are likable. The cover art is exquisite. And there is knitting.
What more could one want from a good fantasy story?
Grade: A+, for both stories