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The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Kay Nielsen. In Powder and Crinoline, Hodder & Stoughton, 1913. "The princesses on the way to the dance."
"They came to another grove of trees, where all the leaves were of gold; and afterwards to a third, where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. And the soldier broke a branch from each; and every time there was a loud noise, which made the youngest sister tremble with fear. But the eldest still said it was only the princes, who were crying for joy."

books0977:

The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Kay Nielsen. In Powder and Crinoline, Hodder & Stoughton, 1913. "The princesses on the way to the dance."

"They came to another grove of trees, where all the leaves were of gold; and afterwards to a third, where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. And the soldier broke a branch from each; and every time there was a loud noise, which made the youngest sister tremble with fear. But the eldest still said it was only the princes, who were crying for joy."

After gushing about it to my friends all week, I realized I should link The Turn of The Story, a novel-length fantasy story Sarah Rees Brennan has been posting online in parts. I’ve been enthusiastically recommending her works, especially the Lynburn Legacy series, to anyone interested in the genre for a while, but this one has really gone above and beyond in addressing issues like sexism and the perpetuation of violence while being chock-full of Sarah Rees Brennan’s usual wit and sarcasm. I’m dying for the next part. (Mark has also read most of this series)