Sorry this review is so long…but, it was a really good book:)
When princess Petunia and her twelve sisters Rose, Lily, Jonquil, Violet, Poppy, Daisy, Lilac, Hyacinth, Lilac, Iris, Pansy, and Orchid were younger they were forced to go into the dark Kingdom Under Stone every night and dance against their will because their mother, the late Queen Maude, had made a deal with the evil King Under Stone. The princesses had defeated The King Under Stone and some of his sons along with the help of Rose’s lover Galen, but are still being haunted with the cruel nightmares of the new King Under Stone, along with visits in the night from the princes’ shadow forms.
Petunia, the youngest of all her sisters, was on her way to stay at her friend The Grand Duchess’s estate along with the duchess’s grandson Prince Grigori, when her coach was attacked by a group of bandits, The Westfalin Wolves! And even worse, brave Petunia was abducted by their leader Oliver!
When Petunia gets to the Grand Duchess’s estate not everything is how it should be…The nightmares about The Kingdom Under Stone are becoming more and more real, the evil princes of the Kingdom Under Stone are out to get Petunia and her sisters, Oliver has discovered mysterious writing on the floors of a hot house at the estate, and everywhere the princesses look there is someone trying to get them into the Kingdom Under Stone! Is the duchess really one of the Nine Daughters of Russaka? Why does the maid Olga seem so suspicious? And will Oliver, Petunia, the Princesses, and their husbands be able to defeat the King Under Stone once and for all?
My Thoughts: I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It may even be my new favorite! As many of you know I love all of Jessica Day George’s books and she is one of my favorite authors. Since I read the other two books in the trilogy Princess of the Midnight Ball (which you can read my review of here) and Princess of Glass and loved them I have been awaiting the release of this ever since I found out about it over the summer. When I got it for Christmas I was so excited and I immediately went in to reading it, and then I read it again because it was so good! It’s really interesting to see more of Petunia’s personality now that she is older. I really liked the take on Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses all in one. Oliver was so sweet to Petunia and they were such a cute couple:) It was really cool to have the good frau come back since she played such an important role in the first book. I was really surprised at the end of the story, but I’m not going to tell you what happened because I’ll spoil it:) Jessica Day George did a great job with the writing and I was never bored:) The princesses are definitely my favorite characters and I understand what they’re feeling throughout the whole book. Princess Poppy is really funny and brings comical relief to really suspenseful moments:) I understood why Oliver turned to banditry after I heard his story and it was kind of funny to read about him abducting Petunia. It’s really cute when Oliver tries to deny that he loves Petunia, but you know he really does. Prince Grigori and The Grand Duchess are so evil! They are my least favorite characters in the whole book, but the Nine Daughters of Russaka tale was really interesting to read about. The King Under Stone and his brothers are so evil and bad, but they’re funny at the same time, especially when Violet and Poppy beat them at poker and got all the princesses’ things back:) Galen and Heinrich were really sweet and you could tell that they cared about the princesses a lot:) And they were really brave when they helped Oliver and his men escape and when they went into the Kingdom Under Stone. I know that Oliver’s men are minor characters, but they are very loyal and they have so much confidence in Oliver! I give this book 10 stars out of 5 (It was that good!)