Friday, 30 July 2010

the Sleeping Beauty - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey

What is it about:
Heavy is the head—and the eyelids—of the princess who wears the crown…
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 from imminent invasion, she agrees to become the guinea pig in 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…between a host of eligible princes and a handsome, fair-haired outsider. And learn the difference between being a princess and ruling as a queen.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
A very pleasant read, although it lacks the depth that I've come to expect from Lackey. Don't get me wrong: there's lots to enjoy in this story and certainly for readers new to Lackey there's lots of fun things to explore, but for those familiar with the 500 kingdoms novels there wasn't anything new and exciting to the book. It felt like visiting a well known, loved friend who is pleasant to be with, but doesn't surprise you anymore.

Why should you read it:
If you like fairy tales with a fun twist you will like this book

* I got this book for review from the publisher through Netgalley


Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Thanks for the review. Lackey is new to me and this might be just the way to get my feet wet. I like the fairy tale twist and it sounds like there is a strong female heroine too.

Enbrethiliel said...


Ah, you already know how I feel about fairy tales! ;-)

I've heard that Robin McKinley also writes novels like this, though I haven't actually read one of them.

Alice Audrey said...

I've never been all that keep on fairy tale take offs. Probably not the place for me to start.

celi.a said...

You know, I felt exactly the same way. I expect a little bit more from Lackey because I love her books so much. This one was lovely, but not NEW. Nice review!

Sullivan McPig said...

Thanks everyone.
Hmmm, we'll have to look into Robin McKinley