Unlike the other tales in this collection I wasn’t aware of the tale on which this is based. But I soon got the hang of it! Iselda is fully aware of the magic in the world, after all her sister is married to a powerful mage. But magic is still outlawed and looked on with suspicion so they are in hiding in a far off land.

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Iselda now stays with her aunt, uncle and cousins. She fears she will be forever in their care, after all who wants the scandal that comes with her. But when a young man comes calling and seems to find friendship with her she resolves that romance is all she will settle for, friendship is not enough. But things take a dark turn and she is manipulated into an engagement which is only a ploy to entangle her further in the evil machinations of a secret user of magic!

There were red herrings galore in this story. Just when I had it sussed, bam the bad guy was not who I thought it was. Iselda is a wonderful character and her cousins and friend are all very different. The story was great and a new one to me.

Moon Dance is inspired by the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale.

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