Publication Date: July 1, 2010
Historical Fantasy Romance
Reviewed by Penny
Obtained via: Library
The rich Kingdom of Eltaria has just its king and even a Godmother, as talented and full of magic Lily will not be able to keep the neighboring Kingdoms from invading. Lily has already been kept busy keeping Princess Rosamund safe from The Tradition, a magical force that manipulates people to its will. Rosamund has already had to escape a Royal Huntsman only to find herself being held captive by Seven Dwarves, upon drinking a potion, falls into a deep sleep, only to be awakened and rescued by Hero Siegfried. Now Lily has found a way to use The Traditions to help save Eltaria.
I must first admit that I am not a big reader of the fantasy genre. I grabbed this book at my local library strictly because of the cover. I adore historical romances! But this book is AWESOME! Of course as a child I read the fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel," "The Frog Prince," and of course “Sleeping Beauty”. Author Mercedes Lackey has penned a retelling of this favorite childhood fable.
All aspects of this book thoroughly delighted and enthralled me. I have not read any of the other works by Ms. Lackey but if they are much like THE SLEEPING BEAUTY then she indeed possesses a most talented pen. This tale had two very likable men among many who were vying for the hand of our beautiful Princess Rosamund. It has been quite a long time since I have read a book where the reader is unsure just which champion should win the fair maiden! All of the characters, even the evil ones, are well thought out, and multi-dimensional.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY will not be the first and last fantasy book that I read. And not the last one penned by this author!
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.