The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

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Return to the magical Five Hundred Kingdoms series with another captivating adventure by New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey. In Rosamund's realm, happiness hinges on a few simple beliefs. For every princess there's a prince. The King has ultimate power. Stepmothers should never be trusted. And bad things come to those who break with Tradition.... But when Rosa is pursued by a murderous huntsman and then captured by dwarves, her beliefs go up in smoke. Determined to escape and save her kingdom, she agrees to one of her stepmother's risky incantations, thus falling into a deep, deep sleep. When awakened by a touchy-feely stranger, Rosa must choose between Tradition and her future—either a host of eligible princes or a handsome, fair-haired outsider. And learn the difference between being a princess and ruling as a Queen. Originally published in 2010
Publisher: 2016
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781488023811

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harley_175
May 21, 2015

The characters in this book came from many places. The Grimm fairy tails (lazy dwarves and the wicked Huntsman) mixed up with the Norse gods and Valhalla.
I liked the way the princess and her godmother hatched up so many tests to see if the suitors were worthy of the kingdom as well as the princess. hilarious !!

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Star_Struck
Oct 09, 2012

Funniest book in the series. Laugh out loud scenes all over the place.

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beadingbritt
Jul 16, 2012

This series is WONDERFUL! If you at all enjoy magical fairy tales, twisted fairy tales, or just a fun take on old stories, read this!
The Tradition really is trying to make a mess of things now!

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t_natrix
Jun 10, 2012

This was a rather disappointing read. The parts meant to be humorous were neither original nor funny. It was ok, but I wouldn't really suggest it.

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jdatwell
May 03, 2011

if u love fairy tales then read this one.
the five hundred kingdoms is one of the best.

each page was better and better.
the ending was great.

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SilverIlix
Apr 17, 2011

Another fun twist on tradional fariy tales. I liked this one, and thought it a good addition to the series.
These books do not have to be read in order, but there are a few chuckles to be had if you are familiar with this universe.

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Cassisa
Apr 12, 2011

One of my favorites of the series so far. The idea of "Sleeping Beauty", "Snow White", with a hint of "The Ring of the Nibelung" thrown in makes this an entertaining read. Though there are some "fractured fairy tale" moments in some scenes (for example, mean dwarves keeping the princess as a hostage) that were kind of off, the author finds a way to neatly "weave" the events together. A fun read!

lieslok Apr 04, 2011

I agree that it is not Mercedes Lackey's finest book in the 500 Kingdom series, but the story was enjoyable and the characters were amusing. My favorite part was definitely the ending, but the beginning seemed (to me) to drag on a bit. The only annoyance I have with the book is that the main character is asleep for approximately 4 hours, so I felt that the author was stretching it, calling the book "The Sleeping Beauty". It was just the kind of fluff reading I enjoy on airplanes though. No need to think about the plot or characters too much, but just enough to care about what happens to everyone in the end.

Jess_library Sep 16, 2010

If you like fairytales, try a novel set in the 500 Kingdoms where The Tradition is a magical force that pushes people down traditional fairytale paths - everything from Ladderlocks to Cinder Ellas. The Tradition, guided by fairy godmothers can make Princes fall in love with Sheperdesses, Heroes discover sleeping beauties, and set Princesses on adventurous quests.

When princess Rosamund turns 16 and her mother dies, quick-thinking Fairy Godmother Lily manages the situation by setting herself up as the "wicked stepmother" while she and Rosa work together to steer The Tradition towards more benevolant paths and keep the kingdom form war. Wandering prince Siegfried (trying to avoid the doom-filled kiss the sleeping Shieldmaiden path of Norse mythology) enters the fray alongside Princes Leopold (who is too charming for his own good) and Prince Desmond (whose magic may hide dangerous secrets). A competition for Rosa's hand begins, who will be victorious?

kpalichuk Aug 04, 2010

I didn't think this one was as strong as the others in this series; an interesting take on Snow White.

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Oct 17, 2011

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harley_175
May 21, 2015

The unicorn to the dragon. “Put us out of our misery – eat him.”

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