In her retelling of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Erin A. Craig takes readers to the sea and beyond as we try to solve the mystery of the Thaumas sisters.
The Duke of the Salann Islands is having a hard time. More than a hard time, he is having one of the worst times a parent can ever have. His daughters keep dying. One by one, daughter after daughter, his girls are leaving this Earth. So much so that the people, and the girls, believe that there is a curse on them. How else can one explain what’s happening? Annaleigh Thaumas wants to get to the bottom of it all and it just may be the death of her when she does.
I am a huge Brothers Grimm fan and read their fairy tales over and over as a kid. But I don’t remember The Twelve Dancing Princesses so I was intrigued when I read the premise of Erin A. Craig’s new novel. The brothers have that last name for a reason, as most of their tales are indeed grim and dark. Keeping with that theme, Ms. Craig writes a story that will have readers second guessing the truth and what’s real. With the addition of a handsome stranger who seems to know an awful lot about the family, the intrigues and deceptions get even harder to figure out. Who can be trusted when no one knows the truth?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me engaged and I really needed to know why the sisters were dying. Ms. Craig kept things moving to the point where I started to have trouble figuring out what was real. The magical elements in the story were wonderful and my imagination went wild. Ms. Craig has a talent for detail and it was easy for me to imagine everything described in the novel. The book is out right now so pick up a copy from your local bookstore or library. I highly recommend it.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley.