This book is officially my favorite retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It was the fantastic cover art that first caught my eye at the library, but the story was just as sumptuous.
First of all, Juliet Marillier is fantastic with detail. Everything was described lusciously--there is no other word for it--to the point that I really felt like I was there in the story with Jenna and her sisters dancing in the meadow along side the rest of the fairy folk.
Another thing I loved about this book, is that Marillier incorporated other tales into the plot twists of the novel, such as The Frog Prince, a bit of Romeo and Juliet's forbidden love, and of course, the famous Transylvainian myths surrounding The Night People--or vampires.
The tale takes place in Transylvania, so it's rich with that country's folklore. Being as fascinated with myths and legends as I am, this element was particularly fun for me. I believe Marillier even spent a bit of time in Transylvania doing research in their old libraries. Totally jealous am I!
All in all, Wildwood Dancing is beautifully written providing readers of all ages with a delightful adventure and an immersion into a culture that was once both superstitious and mysteriously dangerous. I was so pulled in by the intriguing, unpredictable plot twists and Marillier's talent for detail, that I read it in one night.