Published by Greenwillow Books on March 29th 2011
Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . . Lush, romantic, and compelling, this debut novel by Heather Dixon will thrill fans of Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Edith Pattou.
Short and Sweet:
Entwined is hands down the best Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling I have ever read. Dixon crafts a magical tale, filled with memorable characters and a twist that was beyond my expectations. Often times with the retelling of this tale, I get all the girls mixed up. Maybe one or two of them standout. And there were definitely a quite a few standouts with Entwined, but surprisingly after finishing the book, I could still name every girl and think of something unique about her. That is beyond a feat if you ask me, and bodes well for my opinion of the book.
I have read plenty of retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses, but it is safe to say Entwined has them all beat. I was beyond thrilled with this book, and will definitely be keeping out an eye for this author.