Zita is the 13th princess - her sisters are the more famous 12 Dancing Princesses. Raised as a servant, due to her father's rage at being left a widower with no sons, Zita lives between the royal world and the servants. Her identity is an open secret, and once she learns it, she is able to connect with her sisters. Her love for her family, even her father who has never shown her love, leads her to take action when her sisters start falling ill from a mysterious exhaustion. Her friendship with the stable boy and his soldier brother, as well as a good witch in the forest, helps to tie the pieces of the old story to the new. The characters are believable, or as believable as can be for a fairy tale, and everything comes together as it should. The surprises in this aren't the main plot of the story, since we've already heard it a million times, but in the small touches, in Zita's responses to the world around her, and the relationships that she forms. Recommended for tweens, teens, and anyone who loves fairy tales.