Title: Princess of the Silver Woods (GoodReads)
Series or Standalone: Series
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Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George is the final book in her Princess fairy tale retelling series and is the story of Petunia, the youngest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. This story takes place roughly 10 years afters the events of the first book and is a bit of a mashup between Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Of the three books in the series Princess of the Silver Woods is my favorite. There was just something about Petunia and Oliver that I really liked and I also enjoyed how this story involved more of Petunia’s sisters. Though I do wish that there were more scenes with Christian, from Princess of Glass, as I did enjoy his story too.
As with the other books in this series, Princess of the Silver Woods, is told from multiple POVs, mainly alternating between Petunia and Oliver and so you get a pretty full picture on what is going on with each character. Petunia is a strong, feisty character who is sure to delight as she really stands up for herself. But then as the youngest of twelve girls that is almost to be expected. She meets Oliver when he holds up her coach and attempts to rob her. Only Petunia is more than Oliver could have bargained for and this attempted robbery might be the best thing he’s ever done.
Since this is a mashup story there is way to really predict how the events will unfold as you read it. As a fairy tale you know it will end with a happily ever after but the journey to get there isn’t an easy one. I kept wanted to know more about what would happen and so I managed to read this book in a day. This is made a bit more impressive when I was also wrangling a three year old throughout the day as well. Of the three books in the series, I felt that this one had the best pacing. The details of the plot unfolded at a fast enough pace to move things along but not too fast to seem rushed. There were a few details at the end that I felt could have been fleshed out a little better but no story is perfect, right?
Overall, Princess of the Silver Woods is a really enjoyable tale. Its a book that has a pretty cover (my favorite of the series) and one where the insides also match. This was a fun fairy tale retelling and I enjoyed the combination of the three stories used to make up this one. Of the three books in the series this is the one that I will most likely read again at some point in the future.