Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And 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.
This was a very strange, odd book. There is residual magic in the place, like an old magic tea set, leftovers from the High King, who killed people and enslaved their souls or something. The book doesn't really explain what happened to the magic, why they got rid of it, I know how, but not why, really. And then there's the royal family who overthrew him 200 years ago, who are really poor, and have 11 daughters, with the 12th on the way, who love dancing. Dancing is a main thing in this book. Yep.
When the Queen dies, the King pretty much shuts out his daughters, and they come the the conclusion that he never really cared for them, he only had dinners with them because she wanted him to, he only got their dancing slippers because she wanted to, you get the picture. And when the Queen dies after giving birth to Lily (they named the daughters from A-L after flowers) they try to hold on to the dancing even though with the whole mourning for a year, dancing isn't supposed to happen. So when they find the magic passageway with the pavilion, and the Keeper, well, they dance there, and are happy.
The King's R. B. with trying to figure out where they were dancing, well, it was really funny! He had these guys come in and try to guess where it was, so that he could screen for potential next kings. The Sister list, that was a lot of fun, too! Actually, pretty much everything the girls did was funny, like all the "great" incidents, like when they went to sleep outside and couldn't be found one Christmas Eve, a year before this book took place.
The way the King reacted to Clover's betrothed was a bit extreme, but it showed that he cared. And he was just having a tough time with his wife dying and all. So he redeemed himself on that.
This was a really good book, so I hope you guys check it out!
Author: Heather Dixon
Read: April 14th, 2012
Reason Why: It looked really good, it's a LLFL book, and a YAHFC book!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: March 29th 2011