A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… 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.
When he arrives at his uncles house, he finds out that his uncle is the head gardener in the Palace and he also gets a job there as gardener. He meets Rose, but she becomes very sick and her other eleven sisters too. Still, they keep dancing on a place nobody knows and they are becoming sicker every morning. Their father is so worried, he decides to make a plan. The princesses can’t tell him where they go, because of the curse, so he invites princes through whole the country to help. If they find out where the princesses are going, they can marry one of the princesses. Unfortunately, no one is able to find out and every prince dies in a strange accident.
Galen sounds like someone everybody wants as a boyfriend. I think it’s so cool that he can knit. I loved how every princess got their own character. Most of the story is fixed on Rose, but you have the brave Poppy and her twin Daisy and the very religious Hyacint. The next book, which I’m reading right now, is about Poppy. If you love fairytales and retellings, you should take a look at this one! It’s really good and I had a lot of fun reading it.