Published by HarperCollins on March 29th 2011
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Come and mend your broken hearts here. In this retelling of the classic tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," the eldest princess must fight to save her family—and her heart—from an ancient dark magic within the palace walls. "Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, Dixon's debut is both suspenseful and rewarding."—ALA Booklist
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it's taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
Entwined is a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses and this one features the eldest sister of twelve, Azalea and on her mother’s deathbed, she promises that she will look after her sisters. The King declares a year of mourning, but the girls cannot stand the thought of not dancing for that long. When Azalea discovers a secret passage that leads to a beautiful forest with it’s own dance floor and invisible orchestra, the girls cannot resist nightly escapades.
Keeper is the name of the strangely beautiful man who seems trapped in this forest. While he invites the girls to dance every night, he soon asks for them to find what is keeping him stuck there and no longer free. There’s a darker side to the story and Azalea has to figure out who Keeper really is and why he has been imprisoned in this forest. All the while, they deal with the loss of their mother and their distant father, who for some time is off at war and when he returns, seems set on finding a husband for Azalea, but how to do so in mourning?
A riddle is leaked out and men are invited to try to find out where the princesses dance at night. A tirade of suitors, some most terrible, come and some are easily chased out by the sisters or the King himself. I grew fond of some of them, as they fall in love with not Azalea, but some of her younger sisters. I love the balance of magic, romance and darkness in this book. I could not put down Entwined for too long, because I could not wait to see what would happen next.