Can she break the curse in time to save her sisters? She may conquer more than the Midnight King; she may learn to conquer herself.
In this retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and Cinderella, Faye must sacrifice herself to save her sisters, or risk them being trapped in the Underworld forever, suffering from the curse she helped create. After being separated for three years from her sisters except when she dances with Pathos, the Midnight King, at midnight on a full moon, Faye finally sees a chance to rescue them all. But things are not as easy as they appear. Pathos, the midnight king, is determined to keep her in the Underworld with him.
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Absolutely amazing! A unique and remarkable fairytale retelling. I loved the world-building and characters. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat.
The twelve dancing princess is my favorite fairytale and this was a wonder reimagining of the old tale. Towards the end I just couldn't put it down, it was worth being tired the next day at work to finish it. I will be looking for more in this series.
Curse of the Midnight King By Yakira Goldsberry A curse has hidden and trapped a kingdom underground and there is only way to free themselves from it. Years ago Faye made a mistake and she and her sisters have been living with the consequences of it ever since. Faye unlike her sisters isn't living in the underground realm of the Midnight King but she is forced to dance in it every full moon. Prince Leo lost the only woman who ever touched his heart - listening to his father he drove her away. But now he seeks to make amends and offer her his heart. Can he find the missing princesses or will they be lost forever? Can I just say I love this book? It has so many layers that blend together for the perfect fairytale retelling mash-up. Magic, greed, and prejudice are at the heart of everything. I love how aspects of Cinderella and the Twelve Dancing Princesses are threaded throughout this unique tale. Can love conquer all? You'll just have to read the book for yourself to find out. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ All thoughts expressed are my own.
This was a clever weaving-together of Cinderella, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Hades and Persephone. It's a pretty dark story — Pathos and his realm and what he does to Faye and her sisters are storming awful — though it's not without elements of light and hope. And, frankly, dark and beautiful and terrible are what I tend to want out of a Twelve Dancing Princesses underworld, so full marks there. I appreciated Faye's struggle between her desire for freedom and her need to protect her sisters and atone for what she brought upon them. I also enjoyed Leo as a character — his desire to seek answers, his being caught between the need to please his father and his own beliefs of what's right. (I never did quite get past picturing him as Leo from Goldstone Wood, but that's beside the point.) Both struggles were very well-drawn. And the story was well-paced and never dragged, as some might. Why only three stars? Part of it is that I'm kind of confused by the timeline of some of the most relevant lore (especially given some revelations around the climax of the book). The larger part of it is probably that I never really clicked with Faye the way I wanted to. She spends most of the book in such a dark headspace — for good reason! Given all she goes through, it would've been strange if her thoughts weren't shadowed. And I know there are people who will connect with her, who will see some of their own struggles in her. I'm just not one of those people. I cared about what happened to her, but I didn't connect with her the way I do with some other book characters or even the way I did with Leo. In short, if you're looking for a retelling of Cinderella, the Twelve Dancing Princesses, or both combined, this is a good option. It's not my favorite such retelling, but it is a good one.