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When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse.

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Princess of the Silver Woods

by Jessica Day George

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Overall Review:  

I love fairytales in any form, so I was excited to have a chance to review Princess of the Silver Woods — and this book, with elements of "Little Red Riding-Hood," "Robin Hood," and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," didn't disappoint! I found Petunia's voice engaging and easy to read (and, as a fellow, er, petite person, I sympathized with her small stature!), and the plot compelling. The language of the book is simple and unadorned, making it an easy read suitable to preteens and teens alike. Although Princess of the Silver Woods lacked the lush and evocative storytelling of some books in its genre, it made for a fast and satisfying read.


Princess of the Silver Woods would be ideal for preteens and teens, and for adults who love a good fairytale. Although it is the third in a trilogy, it stands alone well and could probably be read for its own merit. (Personally, I read the prequels several years and one baby ago, so my memories of the prior books were hazy at best. I still found Princess of the Silver Woods thoroughly enjoyable.)

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Profanity/Language:  3 derogatory names


Violence/Gore: A coach is attacked and several people threaten to shoot guns (nobody is hurt). A character is kidnapped but treated well. On three occasions, characters experience supernatural events that are a bit creepy/frightening. Characters threaten one another. Characters prepare for a battle. A magical battle is fought and several villains are killed (very little description). A few secondary characters are killed in noble ways.


Sex/Nudity: There is gentle flirtation throughout the book. A girl thinks about a man being attractive. Characters plot to obtain wives. References are made to pregnancy and childbirth, including several references to a group of women mothering children out of wedlock. Characters briefly kiss. A man hides under a bed while a girl undresses in the same room (he doesn't see anything but her feet). A girl thinks to herself that she might not mind a man seeing her undress.

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Loss of parents, characters sacrificing their lives for others

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Characters drink wine.

Reviewed By CindyB
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