Ninth book in the series involving the Sadler's Wells ballet this is the story of Fazia, a reluctant princess and brilliant dancer who just wants to be normal. She escapes her royal bodyguard and runs away, but finds that life is no easier for an ordinary girl....
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A somewhat unrealistic story about an exiled princess from a small European country. She is an excellent dancer, and spends a term at the Royal Ballet School. Several characters from previous books in the series are mentioned, and there are some mildly interesting scenes in Switzerland in the first part of the book. But the writing style is rushed, and the characters not that well drawn. Not a bad story if one suspends reality, although the number of minor characters would be a bit confusing to anyone who hasn't read any of the previous books. Written for children, yet the themes - of exiled royalty, and very mild love interests - are more for teenagers or young adults.
I loved the Wells books when I was younger and this was one of the ones I had never read. It's another fun tale of the struggle to be a ballet dancer. As an adult I find the fact that the ending is given away in the end flap and less than sutbly hinted at in the text a few times a bit irritating, but I still really enjoyed the book.
My least favorite so far. I liked the princess, but thought the ending was tacked on. Also, I know it's a staple of the times but the lower class comic relief and artistic snobbery is getting to me.
Not quite as good as the previous books in this series, but still enjoyable, even if it does strain credibility at times. Fazia is a princess, but has spent the last five years in exile. And since her brother the king, is fascinated by ballet (and a certain ballerina), she has also studied ballet, and will soon be joining the Royal Ballet School — but not with the aim of becoming a professional, even though she is extremely talented. All she really wants is to be a normal schoolgirl, and enjoy ordinary experiences, but she doesn't really know how. A few of the characters from the earlier books make appearances, but I must say I am confused as to how old Elizabeth Lister (Fazia's English governess) is, if she's a good friend of Mariella and Jane, as well as a college student!