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The 10th Kingdom (Hallmark Entertainment Books) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Hallmark Entertainment Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575665379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575665375
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

When a host of magical creatures find their way into the modern world, a young waitress and her father become unlikely heroes in a battle to save not only their own reality but the fabulous lands of the Nine Kingdoms. Writing as Kathryn Wesley, coauthors Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith bring to life a smorgasbord of old fairy tales and nursery rhymes, weaving them into a grand story of love's triumph over fear. Slated to coincide with Hallmark Entertainment's ten-hour miniseries, heavy promotion may engender a sizable demand for this well-written fantasy adventure. [Hallmark Enertaiment Books, a partnership between Hallmark and Kensington Publishing, will publish six books that tie in with Hallmark's 1999/2000 television season.--Ed.]
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Kristine Kathryn Rush and Dean Wesley Smith are best-selling and award-winning authors who have written over 70 novels together and separately, as well as hundreds of short stories for various magazines. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This book is full to the brim of action, adventure, and romance.
"tarasen"
I reccomend you read this book to anyone who likes fairy tales or een a good love story.
Laura Graham
It's a great twist on the ideas of the fairy tales that we all grew up with.
Krystal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By "tarasen" on March 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really liked this book. It follows the movie pretty closely, with some changes that only improve on the plot. It is a rather long book, but I never got bored while reading it. This is a great story for persons of all ages and for people who like all types of books. There's something about the written word that just makes a story more magical than a movie could ever be. If you haven't seen the movie, the plot is something like this:
Virginia and her father live near Central Park in New York. Virginia is a waitress at the Grill on the Green, and her father is a handyman in the building where they live. Their lives are normal and somewhat monotonous until the Dog formerly known as Prince steps in, and suddenly everything has gone haywire. Virginia and Tony find themselves in an enchanted kingdom where bumbling trolls, evil stepmothers, and terrifying huntsmen are the least of their troubles. This book is full to the brim of action, adventure, and romance. Try reading it, you won't regret it.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Kawcrow on February 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love fairy tales, all of them. That's why I picked this up from a Wal-Mart display last night and started reading in the checkout line--by the third page page I was addicted. This is a really, really good story. The writing is a little rough in places, but the actual *story* is amazing. It's funny, heartfelt, with interesting characters and a few plot twists that actually aren't trasparent. The best part of all is Wolf; I got an *incredible* feel for the character..I'm in love with him already, and the miniseries is a month away! ^_^ The Wolf/Virginia dynamic is probably my favorite part of the book--it's a classic romance, with the added twist that one of the participants...isn't...quite...human.
It's a good book; one that will leave you both emotionally satisfied and craving more(and more, and MORE!). Kudos to NBC and the writers for bringing this wonderful story to life for me. I'm setting my VCR Timer to "Record" *TODAY!*
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "falconess" on October 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Virginia, a beautiful New York waitress, didn't know the adventure that would unfold the day she hit a dog with her bike. She and her single parent father, Tony, a bumbling but caring man, follow the magical Prince turned dog into a world straight out of Grimm's Fairy Tales. They soon find Happily Ever After didn't turn out the way everyone hoped as they are pursued by Trolls, and an Evil Queen. They are joined by Wolf, a werewolf who can't decide whether he wants to love or eat Virginia. Through page after page of striking comedy, fast-paced chases pitfalls and magic spells, they fight to save all the 10 Kingdoms and find out about their true destinies.
10th Kingdom keeps alive the traditions of fantasies, but manages to give a modern twist to old fairy tales and eventually weaving itself into its own unique legend. The characters are as colorful in the book as in the aclaimed TV series, but it lacks in how it's written, which could be a bit better. However, I believe that for a book written from a TV mini-series, this is the most excellent of its kind. I found 10th Kingdom to be extremely thrilling and I could easily get into the vast storyline. It was long enough to fully develop each character's personality and most of it commented on each character's inner thoughts and desires.
My favorite character has to be Wolf, who acted as the dashing but dangerous hero. He was constantly moody, yet could always figure out what to do when different problems came into play. His favorite phrases are "Huff-puff," and "Cripes," which he frequently uses. Wolf says on page 471 near the end of the book to Virginia, "This is not the end of the story. It is just a chapter." This story is all about the end of one story and beginning of another, and ends in the same way.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Angela J. Thorpe on March 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'd watched this movie so many times that I finally broke down and read the book (even though I'd had the book for a couple of years bought as a set from NBC - the videos, book and soundtrack). I'd say the book is true to the movie. I suppose it would be since the authors (Rusch & Wesley) were probably commissioned to write it from the screenplay. I thought it humorous they changed Tony's swamp song from "A Whiter Shade of Pale" to "Dark Side of the Moon". A few other small changes. Nothing major.

The movie is my "work" movie. I work from home (selling books including lots of this one) and like to have some background noise which usually turns out to be this movie. It's the perfect workday length at about 7 hours and I don't actually have to see the TV to know what's going on. Like everyone else, I've got it memorized. It's also the perfect movie to watch if you have to stay home sick *cough, cough*. :-)

I've noticed people wondering why they never wrote the other 5 books (the editorial review above talks about 6 books). I'm pretty sure those 6 books are referring to the other TV movies released by Hallmark about that time (The Monkey King, Arabian Nights - both also written by the pseudonym Kathryn Wesley).

BUT if you are looking for more stories about The 10th Kingdom, there are many fan writings available - some quite good even. Look up "Culinary Disasters & Other Stories" (in the quotes) for a list of about 40 stories.
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