Albeit The Twelve Dancing Princesses is not as renowned as many Disney fairy tales, it’s still known as fairytales with several adaptations. This German fairy tale is published in the year 1815 by the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In this article, we are going to read about 7 retellings of Twelve Dancing Princesses.
7 retellings of Twelve Dancing Princesses
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Rose is one of the twelve princesses. Galen is a young soldier. Rose is condemned to dance every night for the King Under Stone. Galen and Rose will try to find a way to break this curse that compels princesses to dance at the midnight balls. They need a black wool chain knit along with silver needles, an invisibility cloak, and true love to conquer the foes in the dark halls.
Entwined by Heather Dixon Wallwork
The time when Azalea should feel the presence of balls, beautiful gowns, and charming suitors, everything is taken away. Now, she is trapped. The Keeper knows this feeling. He is trapped within these walls of the palace for ages. So he offers an invitation. Every night, Azalea along with her eleven sisters passes through the enchanted passage in their room in the invited silver forest. However, the Keeper likes to keep things.
The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler
Zita is the thirteenth daughter of a king. The king only wanted sons, so he banished her to the maid’s quarter when she was born. She could only talk to her royal sisters in secret. After her twelfth birthday, all the princesses fall ill. With the help of witch Babette, soldier Milek, and stable boy Breckin, Zita follows her spelled sisters into an enchanted world of endless dreams and dancing. Zita and her friends have to cure the curse to help the princesses.
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
At the Piscul Draculi castle in the Transylvanian woods lives a father with his five daughters. Jena is the second eldest daughter. She loves to explore the enigmatic forest with her companion, a frog. The best exploration so far is the secret portal to the other kingdom. The sisters pass through it every full moon. They dance through the full moon night with fey creatures of this enchanted realm. Their peace doesn’t last for long as their father falls ill. Cezar, a cousin of the sisters arrives to help the girls, but Jena is certain that he is here with some dark intentions.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Annaleigh lives a protected life at Highmoor. She lives with her father, sisters, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, the loneliness in the grand halls is not absent with the death of four girls. Each death was more traumatic and traumatizing than the last. There are whispers around the villages that this family is cursed by gods. With passing series of creepy visions, Annaleigh becomes aware of the fact that the deaths were no accident.
A Dance of Silver And Shadow by Melanie Cellier
Princess Liliana and her twin sister Lily set sail for new lands. Lily is hoping to find romance and adventure. However, the people of Marin are spelled by a curse, strong enough to ruin an entire kingdom. To protect the people, Lily along with eleven other princesses is compelled to take part in a secret and mysterious tournament. Liliana and Lily have a secret advantage. Lily is determined to utilize their magical connection to conquer the tournament, free Marin, and save the princesses.
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
The Princess Curse is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and The Twelve Dancing Princess. 15th century, Sylvania – the prince offers a reward to anyone who cures the curse. The curse compels the princesses to spend every night dancing till exhaustion. Thirteen-year-old Reveka is a brave herbalist who decides to break the curse despite the hurdles. This quest leads Reveka to the Underworld to save the princesses.
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