Princess of Glass is the sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball, which I reviewed here. This was a version of Cinderella, and it was probably one of the most interesting takes on that ever-popular fairy tale I’ve read.
I’ll be honest. I’ve never really liked Cinderella. There are just so many versions of it, it’s a bit cliché in my opinion. But every once in a while, a retelling comes along that completely grips me. This one did it.
Because the main character was not our Cinderella figure. She was Princess Poppy, one of the youngest of the twelve dancing princesses. She’s sixteen now and participating in a royal exchange program. While in Breton, she meets a servant girl named Eleanora, who goes by Ellen. It’s Ellen who is the Cinderella of this story.
She has been adopted as the goddaughter of the Corley, an evil witch. Of course, Ellen doesn’t know that. Poppy, who has experience with curses and dark magic, finds out that something’s up with Ellen enters a ball wearing an almost-exact copy of the princess’s dress, and then notices how the handsome Prince Christian has suddenly fallen head over heels in love with the mysterious “Lady Ella”. Eleanora has to make Prince Christian marry her or face the wrath of the Corley. It’s up to Poppy and some new friends to save her before it’s too late.
(There will be spoilers from this point onward.)
I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Princess of the Midnight Ball, mostly because of the way the conflict was resolved. It was much more mysterious than the first, but I was expecting the Corley to put up more of a fight at the end. She was defeated too easily. The King Under Stone was a much better villain.
Speaking of the King Under Stone, he’s in the third book, Princess of the Silver Woods, which I will be reading very soon.