Author: Heather Dixon
Publishers: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Azalea is trapped.
Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And 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.
I like the cover. It’s breath-taking and the silver foiling represents the Keeper’s silver forest. Personally, I thought it would have made more sense if the girl was dressed in black, since the whole book is about them being in mourning.
At the beginning, it was a slow paced book. But never fare from it, the rest of the book is well worth it. I had to read the book a little bit fast because I had to return back to the library. Fortunately, I am planning a trip to a book store and buying this book.
In the beginning, Princess Azalea is busy preparing for the annual ball in her mother’s place. Her mother is awfully ill, is at bed rest with the twelfth sister waiting to be born. Before the dance, her mother asks her come and visits her, and makes her swear on her silver handkerchief. If you swear on silver, it’s like a blood oath, you can never break it. Being the eldest sister, her mother makes Azalea swear to protect her sisters.
Azalea attends the ball without the King, who is called to her mother. Later, her and her sisters find out that their mother has passed away after giving birth to their twelfth sister, Lily. After the news, they are even more heartbroken when they are told they have to mourning for a whole year. Mourning in the castle is very sad, and depressing. The curtains are closed, the girls aren’t allowed out, no guests are allowed in, and especially no dancing. Mourning is meant to honor the one who has passed away. The King takes rules seriously, and does not like when they are broken.
Another thing that happens in mourning, the clocks are stopped for the time their mother has past. A Lord Bradford gives them a pocket watch, and tells them they can keep until he turns the clock. They then find out that the King is leaving them to go to war, and he does not say goodbye to them. Azalea gets angry and confronts the King. During their conversation, an ancient silver sword gets a slightly damaged.
After a lot of disappoints, Azalea finds a secret passage from their room that leads to a magical place. Here, the sisters can dance freely without being caught. The only problem is the charming Keeper is more than he seems. He has some dark secrets of his own. Will Azalea be able to protect her sisters like she promised her mother?
This story has mystery, some romance, some comedy, and such an amazing story. I can’t wait to get my own copy.
Azalea is such a strong person but also breaks down at moments. She is such a realistic character, and I will never forget her.
When we say worst sometimes we don’t mean how they were written. More like the one character that we dislike the most. Keeper definitely was the creepiest character ever. He freaked me out, and actually did compare him to a spider. I hate spiders.
I haven’t heard anything about Heather Dixon but I do hope she continues to write. I love her writing style.