Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 23rd 2007
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retellings, Twelve Dancing Princesses, True Love, Magical Creatures, Hidden World, Sisterhood
High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It’s an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle’s hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.
But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he’s there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena’s sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom–an impossible union it’s up to Jena to stop. Continue reading