Title: The Sleeping Beauty
Series: Five Hundred Kingdoms, #5
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release: July 1, 2010
Hardcover: 352 pages
4 out of 5 Robots!
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. The moral of the story? Sometimes a princess has to create her own happy endings….
The Sleeping Beauty is the fifth book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series, and an amusing twist on traditional fairy tales. The twist being "The Tradition", which seems to be the guiding force of fairy tales and is truly understood by only a few of the inhabitants. When "The Tradition" finds someone who's life is similar to those in a fairy tale, it looses no time in trying to encourage them toward a path it wants you to take, a "Path" steeped in "Tradition!"
As a fan of Mercedes Lackey's earlier works, I was delighted to find this book as enjoyable a read as her previous titles. This tongue in cheek fantasy is humorous and entertaining as it challenges the "Traditional" paths of Fairy Tales and incorporates different cultural Myths along the way.
Cleverly written, this light-hearted tale with it's paradoxical sense of humor will have you looking for more of this series! I would recommend this to fantasy and romance readers alike.