Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George is a very eventful twist to the 12 Dancing Princesses Fairytale. The King’s wife makes some very unusual deals with the King Under Stone. She promises to dance for him every night and in return he promises her some children and an heir to the throne. When the King of Westfallin starts offering rewards to anyone who can figure out why the princesses dancing slippers have been worn through every night, strange things start happening. Any prince that tries to solve the mystery goes away empty handed and ends up having a fatal accident soon after he leaves. Then Galen, a mere orphaned soldier returning from war, asks if he can try to solve the quizzical case. Rose, the oldest daughter falls ill, soon passing it to the rest of the sisters. Unfortunately, they can’t miss a single night of dancing, or the Lord Under Stone will send his half human sons up to capture the princesses. Not long after the princesses finally recover, the church of the land decides that there is definitely witchcraft involved and the princesses and the king must go on trial to prove their innocence. Amidst the different characters trials and the twists in the plot, Galen comes to love Rose and decides he must find a way to break the spell they are under.
I really like how fast paced this book was, and how smoothly the plot was furthered through the different twists. I loved how easy it was to relate to the very dynamic characters. The fact that the princesses were put on trial for witchcraft made me not want to stop reading. I just had to keep going to find out if they would get convicted. It definitely added to the depth of the story because of how the result would affect each character. It is mentioned in the book how each of the princes that comes to solve the mystery is snobby, or is really just trying to get their kingdom. I think that makes it easier to connect with Galen because he is choosing to do it for love, not for the reward offered. I really enjoyed reading this book and soon went to see what other books by Jessica Day George I could read! She is a fantastic writer and I really just loved reading this book!
Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George
Format: hardbound, paperback
Page Nos.: 304
Publisher: Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 2010