Princess of the Silver Woods (Westfalin Princesses #3)
Jessica Day George
(Fairy tale retelling, YA romance)
This is the third book in Jessica Day George’s Westfalin Princess trilogy, and while it ties the series up quite nicely, I was sad to see it end. Without going into too much details, this book returns us to the same bad guys and (one of the same) location as the first book, though the motivation and situation is modified to fit the events which have happened in between.
This whole trilogy is steeped in fairy tale lore, with some of the classics retold in a similar, but different, world. The names of the countries in these books will sound very like the European nations we all know, but with definite differences. The three books pull most heavily from the stories of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood. (And as you can guess from the cover, this third book is the red riding hood story.)
I really like the characters Jessica Day George has developed for this world. Part of me wants to see more in this setting, though these books have been officially called a trilogy and this one does tie up all the loose ends. It’s a very satisfying trilogy, all told. It’s definitely on the YA side, and though there is romance, it’s very clean (as you would expect from both YA novels and the fairy tales that are common for modern audiences).
One word of caution, though. This is the final book in a trilogy, and while it’s technically possible to read it without the other two, I would not recommend it. The second book is almost one you could read without the first, but this one ties up the series arc, and really needs the foundation of the prior books.