Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
In this M/M retelling of the Grimm fairytale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Reuben, a soldier, is on his way to the castle to offer his services to the king, who is sorely troubled with the question of his family’s honour. His wayward daughters go out dancing every night, and refuse to tell how or where.
Walking through the forest, Reuben meets a handsome woodcutter, Corin, who offers to help him unravel the mystery of the dancing princesses. With the magical aid of Corin’s grandmother, the two set out together, mindful that their journey could end in sorrow. The king offers a rich prize to anyone who can discover the princesses’ secret—but the penalty for failure is death.
As only JL Merrow can do it, one of my favorite authors has given this Grimm’s fairytale a decided LGBT twist and it’s quite wonderful. It’s short, twisty, and very enchanting. And the author’s take on this fairytale keeps adding new elements right up until the end with another pleasing twist of events! Loved every sentence here! Just as I expected too. I am so smitten with JL Merrow and this is just another reason why.
Cover by Written Ink Designs is a little garish with all that pink but definitely in keeping with the fairytale aspect of the story.
Kindle Edition, 19 pages
Published October 12th 2019 by JMS Books LLC