Waiting On Wednesday: The Thirteenth Princess

One book that I looking forward to reading is The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler, a retelling of the Grimm’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Her take on the story looks like it it will be quite different from the retellings I have already read. Mostly because of the addition of a thirteenth princess. The story already suffers from a surfeit of royal females, so what is she thinking with throwing another one into the mix? Well, the king is pretty disgusted too by yet another girl, so in his displeasure, this thirteenth princess is banished to the kitchens, remenescent of Cinderella. So, it will be fun to see where it goes. It is her first YA book. The book actually came to my attention because of the small controversy surrounding the change in covers.

From this to that pictured above. Which do you like better?

My favoriteĀ  reinterpretations of the classic fairytale, in no particular order, are:

Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball

Juliet Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing

and Regina Doman’s The Midnight Dancers

And be sure to check out the SurLaLune’s page on the original fairytale and find the wealth of other information to be found, including its history, other culture’s versions of the story, more modern interpretations and much, much more!

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