Title: The Bridal Dance
Author: John Flanagan
Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice #10.7
In: The Lost Stories (John Flanagan)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Easy reading, Medieval fantasy
Format: Short Story
Publisher: Random House Australia
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘Shouting and blustering right from the outset, on the other hand, often served to put a person on the defensive.
The Bridal Dance is about Horace and Cassandra’s wedding.
I can’t imagine a greater hell (and more complex act) than organising a wedding. Especially one for royalty. Include in that the fact that there is the threat of assassins hanging over the festivities, and you have a great short story. Will’s love for, and dedication to those he calls family shines through this story and acts as a reminder that sometimes, even in spite of what everyone else says, we have to follow our instincts.
Following Purple Prose, Will’s preoccupation with his speech for Horace and Evanlyn’s wedding has lessened, and, his eventual words are worthy of all the work that went before. The return of the Genovesans and Will’s missing of yet another bridal dance make this a great little side story. Horace and Evanlyn’s engagement was a beautiful ending to The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, but it was still fulfilling to read about their actual wedding day.
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