BOOK 1: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
BOOK 2: Princess of Glass
Princess of the Silver Woods description:
When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.
This was an amazing end to the Princess trilogy. I loved how it went back to the beginning, with the world of King Under Stone coming back to haunt them. How everything begins to tie in and make sense, and, as you can see by her cloak, this is taking on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Believe me, I don’t know how George does it, but she sees the world in an amazing way and these books just prove it. She mixes in all the bits and pieces to give you this incredible adventure that will turn everything you’ve ever thought of the big bad wolf and a little old grandma right on it’s head. Petunia is such a great character, she’s the runt of the bunch it seems, but she’s as strong willed and tough as the rest of them, even if all her sisters still think of her as that little 6 year old girl dancing the night away. I loved Oliver and how he’s done all he can for his people, and trying to fight to do the right thing even if it means he may be deemed a criminal by the King. I will say some of the princesses got a little irritating, and it’s like after all they’ve been through you’d think they’d be a bit more resilient. Some of them are and so I guess it’s all showing their different personalities and how everyone handles things differently, but Jonquil was a bit much in that department. She a downer that I kind of hated every scene she was mentioned in. If not for her this might have been a 5 star book, but luckily for the most part it’s all Petunia and Oliver.
This is a bit of a spoiler, but another thing that kept this from being a 5 star book for me is that it really made you feel sorry for the King Under Stones sons. In the first book King Under Stone is straight evil and you don’t really feel sorry for him or even those princes that were killed in the battle to take him down, but this book spent a lot of time learning more about them, and even showed Petunia feeling sorry for them and talking about how this had always been a part of her life and she never really felt scared of when she was dancing. It gives them more dimension, which isn’t bad, and a more human side when you see that they just hate being trapped in a sunless world. I almost had hoped that in the end they might have gotten something to perhaps bring them even the slightest bit of happiness. At least the one Petunia was supposed to marry, because he did in his way almost seem to care. I just don’t see why George did spend so much time cultivating that if it was all going to come to naught.