Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Sleeping Beauty

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I've always loved Mercedes Lackey. The Tales of the 500 Kingdoms series has been a fun romp through the realm of fairy tales. This volume, to paraphrase a line from Lackey's intro, is a Snow White tale that gets hijacked by Sleeping Beuaty before crashing into the Ring saga. Add 100 princes vying for the hand of the princess, a lisping unicorn, and a magic mirror in love with a fairy godmother, and the results are pure bliss. Princess Rosamund is no shrinking violet, Prince Siegfried is surprisngly gentle and kind, Prince Leopold is a hoot (his reaction to the curse challenge had me in tears, I was laughing so hard), and some of the challenges the princes have to undertake are diabolical. This may be my favorite volume in the series so far.

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