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The Sleeping Beauty (Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms) Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Welcome to Eltaria, the land where fairy tales come true. A magical force known as the Tradition focuses on the beautiful Princess Rosamund shortly after her mother's death. After fleeing the Royal Huntsman, Rosamund meets the seven dwarfs, drinks a potion, and falls asleep. When Viking hero Siegfried finds her, he tries to kiss her awake--but Lily, Rosamund's fairy godmother, has other ideas and manipulates events to satisfy the Tradition while giving Rosamund a chance at a loving prince and happy ending. Lackey's fifth fairy tale retelling (after 2008's The Snow Queen) also includes passing nods to "Hansel and Gretel," "The Frog Prince," and "Puss-in-Boots," along with cameo appearances by Brunnhilde and Wotan. Despite plenty of twists and laughs, the plot is surprisingly forgettable, and most of the fun comes from finding all the fairy tale in-jokes peppering the pages.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey has written over one hundred titles and has no plans to slow down. Known best for her tales of Valdemar and The Five Hundred Kingdoms, she's also a prolific lyricist and records her own music.--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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In this book, Rosa, a Princess approaching her 16th birthday, has seen her mother killed, her father embroiled by war, and a Huntsman trying to kill her. But she has a secret ally, her fairy godmother Lily, who poses as her Evil Stepmother in public, while doing her magical best to avert a tragic ending for Rosa and the Kingdom. There are heroic Princes, a disembodied green face in a mirror, Wise Beasts, a challenge to win the hand of the Princess, dragons, and a beautiful (if stupid) unicorn with a lisp.
It's light, it's funny, the characters are interesting and different, and it twists and turns in unexpected directions, while still providing a HEA (Happily Ever After). Loved this book, love all in this series I've read so far.
This is one of the best works she's ever done. Anyone who's ever seen the humor in the Jay Ward "Fractured Fairy Tales" will be ROTFLOL on at least two scenes, and maybe three.
I must admit though, that every time Luna speaks, what I hear in my head is Elmer Fudd's voice. Which is confusing, since Luna is female. Oh well.
It's a nice light fantasy tale, with an interesting twist on the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty fairy-tales, and the German epic, Der Nibelungenslied (Song of the Nibelung).
A great many people don't know this German epic saga, yet parts of it have seeped into nearly every Western culture. But even someone who hasn't studied the Siegfried tales (as I have) will understand most of the "German" parts of this story. Those who have learned about Siegfried will appreciate the very tongue-in-cheek humor that surrounds its inclusion.
This is a romping sort of tale, and while not the very best of Lackey's work, it's a great way to kick back for a couple of hours and just be entertained.
Worth reading if you like Lackey, worth reading if you like retellings of Fairy Tales, and just plain worth reading.
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I would definitely recommend this light and fun read.