Kingdom of Dance by Deborah Grace White – Book Review

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Kingdom of Dance by Deborah Grace White – Book Review

Kingdom of Dance

by Deborah Grace White

Series: The Kingdom Tales #6
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Publication Date February 25, 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Clean Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School
Pages: 469


Don’t get caught eavesdropping on a dragon—or dancing might be the least of your problems

With eleven younger sisters, Princess Zinnia usually has little choice but to be responsible. But if she had her way, she’d spend her time exploring the seashore and cavorting with the dragons often found there. When she sees one of those dragons flying mysteriously over her castle one night, the temptation to sneak out after it is too strong to resist. Except, by the time she realizes she doesn’t recognize this dragon, she’s already witnessed something much bigger than she was ready for. And now she’s trapped, her sisters along with her.

Lieutenant Obsidian hates using his magic. But when his king specifically seeks his help to uncover the reason behind his sister’s uncharacteristic deception, Obsidian has no choice but to answer the call. To his surprise, the deeper he delves into Princess Zinnia’s secrets, the more he finds himself wanting to help her. And his magic might be the only way to do that.

But someone else wants Obsidian’s magic. Someone determined to see Entolia fall. Someone with much more power than either magic or crowns can fight. And if Zinnia and Obsidian can’t find a way around the magic that binds them, and soon, more kingdoms than theirs will pay a terrible price.

Kingdom of Dance is the sixth and final installment in The Kingdom Tales, a series of interconnected standalone novels set on the continent of Solstice, where dragons do their own thing, enchanters run amok, and happily ever afters require some chasing. If you enjoy strong heroines, clean romance, and fantasy worlds with a dash of intrigue, discover the world of The Kingdom Tales today.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Kingdom of Beauty, Kingdom of Slumber: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty , Kingdom of Cinders: A Retelling of Cinderella, Kingdom of Feathers: A Retelling of The Wild Swans, Kingdom of Locks: A Retelling of Rapunzel

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It is bittersweet to have come to the conclusion of another series by Deborah Grace White. I enjoyed getting to know the dragons and nobility of Solstice as they search for the source of the power behind the curses that afflict them.

I can’t say that The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a favorite fairy tale. In fact, I have only a vague recollection of the plot. So it wasn’t that which enticed me to read Kingdom of Dance. It was how much I enjoyed this series. And now that I’ve read this, I feel like I want to revisit the story of the princesses who snuck off at night to dance.

Obsidian is such an intriguing hero! His strong magical abilities, which he despises, have been a source of contention for him most of his life. It was fun to see him not only come to terms with them but embrace the possibility of using them for good. The women of the palace all thought him dark, brooding, and mysterious, which surprised and amused him.

I was stunned to discover that not all the dragons of Solstice were good. The event Zinnia and her sisters witnessed changed the trajectory of their lives! I loved the ending, seeing the loose ends wrapped up, and seeing the mystery solved.

Readers who enjoy fairy tale retellings, fantasy, and young adult romance will want to read the entire Kingdom Tales series.

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About Deborah Grace White

I’ve been a reader since I can remember, growing up on a wide range of books, from classic literature to light-hearted romps. The love of reading has traveled with me unchanged across multiple continents, and carried me from my own childhood all the way to having children of my own.

But if reading is like looking through a window into a magical and beautiful world, beginning to write my own stories was like discovering that I could open that window and climb right out into fantasyland.

I cannot believe how privileged I am to actually be living that childhood dream and publishing my own novels. I do so from my hometown of Adelaide, Australia, where I live with my husband and our two, soon to be three, little munchkins.

I’ve never outgrown my love of young adult stories, and my first series, The Kyona Chronicles, is a young adult fantasy series of four novels and two novellas.

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