Review 97. Suzanne Weyn – The night dance.

The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time)Title: The night dance.
Author: Suzanne Weyn.
Pages: 193.
Published: November 22nd 2005.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Sort: Part of the “Once upon a time” series.
Under the stars, in a secret world… Rowena, the youngest of twelve sisters, loves to slip out of the castle at night and dance in a magical forest. Soon she convinces her sisters to join her. When Sir Ethan notices that his daughters' slippers look tattered every morning, he is certain they've been sneaking out. So he posts a challenge to all the suitors in the kingdom: The first man to discover where his daughters have been is free to marry the one he chooses. Meanwhile a handsome young knight named Bedivere is involved in a challenge of his own: to return the powerful sword, Excalibur, to a mysterious lake. While looking for the lake, Bedivere meets the beautiful Rowena and falls for her. Bedivere knows that accepting Sir Ethan's challenge is the only opportunity for him to be with Rowena forever. But this puts both Bedivere and Rowena in a dangerous situation…one in which they risk their lives for a chance at love.

Again, a very sweet book in the “Once upon a time” series. This is a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses mixed with the tale of Arthur and the round table. This was an unique twist and it worked.

Rowena lives with her father and eleven sisters in a house surrounded by a high wall. Their mother disappeared when they were young girls. Their father is very protective. He doesn’t want to lose his daughters, so they aren’t allowed to go past the wall. What he doesn’t know is that this wife is still very close, locked away by magic.

One day, Rowena found a hole in the wall and she slips outside. She meets the man she saw in her visions,  Bedivere, and they fall in love. When her father discovers that, he doubles the security. Luckily for the girls, there is a secret passage in their room. It leads to a tunnel complex under their house. Every night, they go dancing and their father is desperate;

The man who can find their secret, can marry a princess of his choice. The first man fails, but the second one is Bedivere. He is also on another quest. He was one of the knights from Arthur, but the King died in a fight; he gave him Excalibur. Bedivere must throw the sword into an enchanted lake.

Can he rescue the princesses from an evil magic and can he complete his quest?

There is not much character development and the love is the most instant-love you can get. Bedivere met Rowena in her visions, so I guess they had a special connection. It’s definitely a happily-ever-after-story.

Their mother has been captured and we also see how she is trying to break free from the spell. It must be frustrating to be so close to the people you love, without being able to tell them. I love how these two different stories came together in the end.



  1. Never heard about this book, thanks for book tip:) Love the beutiful cover:)

  2. I loved the original fairy tale, so this one sounded intriguing! I'm sorry it was a disappointment.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  3. Aww Mel I love your new blog design! <33
    Sorry to hear there's major insta-love in this book, but the synopsis sounded pretty good!

    1. Thanks! I'm also very happy with the new background :D

  4. Eww insta love!!! The most you can get? *steps away from the book*. Ha. But I don't think I've heard of this fairy take before which intrigues me. Lovely review, chickie!

    1. Yeah, that was a shame! But the overall story is nice :) I liked the original twist with their mother.

  5. Aww, BOOOOO. I hate it when insta love and lack of character development ruins a book :( A shame too because the original tales are both WONDERFUL! <3 And combining them is such a neat idea, it could have turned out so cool! Ah well :) Great review!

  6. Too bad about the insta-love, the story has a cute idea ;) Great post!

  7. bleh.. i have a problem with insta love!! :( But thanks for being honest! Lovely review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  8. I haven't heard of this series before, but the concept seem really interesting. Duh...insta love - why?? I hate it. Well great review but I highly doubt I'll read it.
    Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?

    1. You should definitely take a look at some of the other stories in this series :) There are some I really liked, such as Snow from Tracy Lynn or the stories from Cameron Dokey.


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