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by Robin Mckinley

Master storyteller Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to break the spell. Rana must turn to a talking frog to help save her kingdom from the evil Aliyander. And then there are the twelve princesses, enspelled to dance through the soles of their shoes every night. . . . These are tales to read with delight!
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ISBN: 0698119606
ISBN13: 978-0698119604
Category: Teen
Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Robin Mckinley
Language: English
Publisher: Firebird; Reissue edition (October 13, 2003)
Pages: 216 pages
ePUB size: 1753 kb
FB2 size: 1425 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 757
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DISCLAIMER: The following review was originally posted on my book blog (link in bio).

Oh how I adore McKinley's writing although I do have to admit that I prefer her longer stories to these shorter ones even though these stories were very good as well.

The Stolen Princess was about changelings ... er, almost as the fae kind of stole a kid from a family (boys in their infancy, girls in their late teens), but didn't quite give a child in return. One of the kids who gets taken in the middle of the night is a princess as the story's name indicates. Both the premise and execution were really good BUT the story didn't quite resonate with me as I would've liked to.
My least favourite story was actually the the first story in this collection - The Stolen Princess. It was good, but I have to say that the second story - The Princess and the Frog stole my heart and that story was definitely way too short. I would usually say that The Princess and the Frog is one of my least favourite fairy tales but McKinley's version was awesome and I was left wanting a story at least three times as long.

The third story - The Hunting of the Hind - was also really good and I think if McKinley had written more, it could've been magnificent. But what I really liked about this story was the fact that the savior of the day was a princess no-one actually seemed to believe in.

And the last story - The Twelve Dancing Princesses - is a story that I've always liked about princesses who dance away their dancing shoes in the middle of the night. McKinley's version was also really good but I think I kind of prefer the original to this one.

All in all, a very pleasant reading experience.
I normally don't read short stories but those in this book are definitely keepers! It's on sale right now in Kindle format for $1.99--snap it up. I will be rereading this treasure. Anything McKinley writes is very good, but this collection is wonderful.
The stories in this book are sweet and wonderful. I've been enjoying Robin McKinley's books and this one is no exception. A true masterpiece of lovely, complex short stories.
I bought this book because I love fairy tales. These stories, however, try too hard to be archetypal and classic. They end up being stony and turgid. There are some interesting moments, but I kept counting pages to see when it would be over. There are no surprises and no excitement. Occasionally she draws an interesting picture, enough so that I kept reading. But really, the language is too stilted for children and too banal for adults.
You can't go wrong with Robin McKinley; everything she writes is wonderful. She's been on my Automatic Buy list ever since I first discovered her. There's a nice healthy backlist now. I recommend every book on it.
I forced myself to finish the first tale. Then I got a half dozen pages into the second tale when I could take no more. I did not enjoy the style of writing. It did not capture my imagination let alone my attention.
Enthralling collection of stories! I have always been a fan of Robin McKinley, having read and enjoyed both Beauty and Spindle's End. Her recreation of these fairy tales, particularly The Frog Prince, are engaging and wonderful to read. Her development of characters, and intricate plot make this book one that's very hard to put down. On the whole, a fantastic collection of stories to read again and again.
This is McKinley retelling four fairy tales in her own unique style. All stories we well told, and one too close nor too far from the originals.