This is the final volume of the TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES series. Like Volume 2, which was a blend of the 12 dancing princesses fairy tale with Cinderella, this is a blend of the 12 dancing princesses fairy tale with Little Red Riding Hood. This novel revolves around the youngest sister, Princess Petunia, who briefly plays the role of Little Red Riding Hood.
As in Volume 2, where the Cinderella story was not given center stage, the Little Red Riding Hood story in this volume was also not given center stage. Instead, the emotional heart of this novel was how the growing number of young men in this story (husbands and suitors of the various princesses) banded together to set their wives (& sweethearts) free from King Under-Stone, the wraith-King who forced his 12 nearly-dead sons onto the princesses as dancing partners in Volume 1.
This story is perfect for those of us who love fairy tales, and appreciate clever new versions with well-drawn characters. Four stars.