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Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her — beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing — it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
I really enjoyed this book. I had never heard of this fairytale before. I’m pretty sure it comes from the brother’s Grimm that being said it is quite dark, but nonetheless very enjoyable. I loved Princess Azalea & all her sisters. There were literally times when I read the book aloud to my family & we all started laughing because of the shenanigans the younger sisters liked to play on all the guests. The story was fast paced & really easy to read. There was also a lot about dancing , so if you’re into dancing you would love the detail the author went into to describe each dance. I really loved this book & I’ve already recommend it to a friend. I will say on Goodreads they have a recommended age & it’s 13 & up because the story has some dark elements. Though I would recommend this book to anybody who loves fairytales, romance, & some suspense.
Violence *** (Our main character is threatened by Keeper on many occasions in the book, there’s a scene where there are dancers all around her & she gets pushed to the ground & there’s a nasty cut on her face, there’s also another scene where Keeper does the Entwine dance with her & pulls the scarf so tightly around her wrists that they leave big welts on her wrists. There is also a point in the book where Keeper wants to kill someone & has a pistol & ends up shooting the character & there’s a lot of blood)
Inappropriate Language: None
Sexual Content * (There’s suitors that come & if they can figure out the riddle they can marry Princess Azalea, two suitors who are interested in two of the younger sisters Clover & Bramble, nothing but kissing)
Magic/Spells ***** (This whole story centres around magic. The high King D’Eathe was a very nasty man who had magicked the castle during his reign & he was also a very evil King. He did things like trap people’s souls in mirrors until they died. There is also a mention of a blood oath that took place (& the rumour was that it was the blood of his lover who had died) that said until he killed a specific person he couldn’t die. There was also a story Princess Azalea brings to mind about a girl who died in the castle, who’s mouth was stitched shut & her hands had been removed so she had to crawl around the castle. Princess Azalea also sees her Mom with her mouth stitched shut which obviously is a pretty disturbing image for her. There’s a tea set that’s magic & a magic passageway within the house that leads them to a magical place. At one point pretty much the whole castle gets re-magicked & then at the end the magic is taken away & the high King D’Eathe is destroyed. )
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