Review: Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Published: December 11, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George is the third book in the Twelve Dancing Princess books. I've not read the first two yet. I plan to rectify this oversight soon. I've read a few books by Jessica Day George, and I have enjoyed every one of them. I love fairy tales retold, and I couldn't resist this one either. If you've not read the first two book in this trilogy then rest easy. I didn't have any problems following along with the story line.
Petunia (all the daughters are named after flowers) is the youngest of the twelve princesses. She's overprotected by her father and sisters. On her way to visit a friend, she is abducted by the bandit-wolves. However Petunia isn't as delicate as everyone thinks she is. The bandit-wolves aren't the only danger to her; the King Under Stone has some cunning plans of his own.
I really enjoyed this story. As said in the summary it's a mixture of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood. I liked all the characters, even the evil ones. Jessica Day George is an excellent story teller, and this book is no exception. I can't wait to go back and read the first two books, Princess of Glass and Princess of the Midnight Ball.