Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Oct 4, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Pub. Date: April 27, 2010
ISBN: 1599904551
Pages: 304 pages
Source: Publisher
Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.
Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.
I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I have never read The Twelve Dancing Princesses or a book by Jessica Day George. This book turned out to be quite a page turner though.

You will find yourself in one of the most gripping tales you will ever read in this book. The story starts off a bit slow by introducing the characters, but after a few chapters you'll be wondering what is going to happen next. From the mysterious balls, to Galen and Rose, to knitting, and of course the King Under Stone. I found myself racing through the pages to figure it all out.

The book is told from alternating points of view of Galen and Rose. It was interesting to see both of their views and helped develop the book's plot. There are many characters in this book and it can get a bit confusing at times. Just stick with it though and getting a few of the princesses mixed up isn't that big of a deal.

Overall this was a wonderful tale full of mystery with a hint of romance. I am excited to read the spin off book, Princess of Glass, to see what happens next. Jessica Day George is a wonderful author and I highly recommend this book.

Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars


  1. I read the summary and was just plain confused about the "curse" that forces the princesses to dance. It seems like a strange curse. I'm mostly curious about that and the King Under Stone.

    High praise; I'll definitely have to check this one out. :)

  2. this book sounds amazing! I really need to read it!

  3. Thanks for the review! We've posted a link on the official Bloomsbury Teens Facebook page:


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