Series: The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on December 11, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Adaptations, Family, Siblings, Love & Romance, Royalty, Fantasy & Magic
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
I received this book for free from Bloomsbury Publishing USA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The King's English
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.
It’s about time we got a story about the youngest daughter, Petunia. The baby and pet of the family, she definitely feels like she has something to prove. So, when she begins the journey to visit an elderly family friend in a lovely red cloak, she immediately comes into danger. And of course she whips out a pistol and ends up getting kidnapped by the would-be thief (who is a bit of a Robin Hood character). And, of course, the King Under Stone makes an appearance again, and it’s time to be rid of the curse once and for all.
Jessica Day George is one of my favorites. I’ve loved the books surrounding the twelve dancing princesses and the mash-ups of fairy tales. And I loved the final book in this series just as much.
One of the things that I’ve loved about all of Jessica’s books is that her writing is just so smooth. Dialogue is never awkward, and the pacing is spot on. And in this third installment, there are some great tie-ins to the first two books in the series that really tie the whole thing together very nicely.
In all fairness though, I believe I was pre-disposed to love the book since a character bearing my name makes a few appearances throughout the novel. Which is why I must admit my adoration for the mother of Oliver, our woodsman thief, Lady Emily Ellsworth. I loved her strong influence on Oliver, and how she was connected to the rest of the series.
If you’ve enjoyed the first two in the series, you’ll love the ending and resolution with the King Under Stone. Oh, and the fun knitting patterns in the back. (I really should learn to knit, I’ve only been able to master crocheting.)
This is a great series for readers that enjoy Shannon Hale’s books or the Dealing with Dragons series by Patricia Wrede. I’d say it’s a good fit for teens from about 10 up.