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Jul 11, 8:39am Top

King hiring people to find where his daughters go at night
Woman is hired and hides where they don't check after putting someone to sleep with a potion
Girls go through a secret door in the floor
Woman follows them to a feast
Woman trades herself for the girls to go home
Girl swallows five seeds and promises to come back in five years
May be mixing two stories ^^*>

Jul 11, 8:41am Top

Please help! I'm desperate and I've been looking for like... Four years now

Jul 11, 8:57am Top

This sounds like it may be a re-telling of the twelve dancing princesses.

Could it be any of Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier or Entwined by Heather Dixon, maybe?

Jul 11, 9:35am Top

I don't think it is, I'm pretty sure it was something else...

Edited: Jul 12, 3:48pm Top

I'm not the OP, but unless their memory is entirely wrong, it's not Entwined, I know that much.

It's been too long since I've read the other two, but I don't think it's the Marillier one either.

Jul 12, 3:22pm Top

The first part is definitely a variation of the 12 dancing princesses, but it's not Princess of the Midnight Ball (which has a male break the spell), and I don't think Wildwood Dancing has either a king or the traditional idea of hiring somebody to break the spell.

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell has a girl (although not really a woman) break the spell. I think The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler does as well.

The last bit with the seeds sounds more like some version of the persephone myth, although it's not impossible that it was combined with the first part.

Aug 4, 11:06am Top

But there aren't twelve sisters, that's why I'm confused, I think there are either two or three

Edited: Sep 3, 8:45pm Top

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