If you love fairytales then this story is for you! The Dance is a new twist on Cinderella that combines the story of Cinderella and Mulan and gives the reader a love story and adventure all in one.
Mai, daughter of Yeoung Fu, has trained all her life in the martial arts dance with her father. After her mother dies her father is forced to remarry a woman from the capital. Jing doesn’t really fit in at the country house but Mai still welcomes her with open arms. Jing eventually gives birth to twin daughters but is never able to give her husband a son. When the emperor sends for reinforcements at the battle for the city of Dane Yeong Fu refuses to go. Mai decides she will go in his place to keep her family safe. Jing is a witch and puts an illusion on Mai to make her look like a man so she can go and fight. When Mai reaches the battle field she is quickly recognized by all as a great fighter, even by the Emperor’s son Prince Yi. Prince Yi and Mai (who is known to the troops as Mao) become close friends but Mai begins to wish for something more between them. They both know that after this battle Prince Yi will have to go home and marry so he can eventually claim the thrown. Mai wishes it could be her that the Prince will marry but doesn’t think that can ever happen because of the illusion cast my Jing.
Will Mai and Yi be able to be together or will Mai have to choose between protecting her family and true love?
This book is a great rendition of Cinderella. Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy tales but I love that the author was able to make her a stronger character by showing how she could stand up for herself and save the day.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.