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Slumber (The Fade #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  3,955 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.

Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a p
Paperback, 372 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Create Space (first published May 15th 2011)
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Jessica (Rabid Reads)
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Slumber by Samantha Young has one of the best first lines I’ve ever read:

“When I was a child the world smelled of summer.”

It’s nostalgic. It’s foreboding. If the world still smelled of summer, of bright things, of happy things, there would be no need to remember what life was like when you were young . . .

Rogan comes from a magical people much like the Fae. They removed themselves from the human world millennia ago after creating a new world—Phaedra. Among her people are

4.5 Stars! Impressive!

Best $1.14 you'll ever spend, kick in another $1.99 for the audiobook and you got yourself one heck of a deal!!

What an engaging, compelling, amazing read! We all know Samantha Young for her brilliant book, On Dublin Street, but I had no idea how talented she really was! Your heart will go through the wringer with this one, and beware, because there are some brutal scenes in this book! But it's all worth it just to read about Wolfe Stovia! RAWRRRR!!

There is a whole host of
Some spoilers are in this review. You have now been warned and I will not be responsible for any red-face, shock, and/or heart attacks that may occur if you don't like spoilers.

Slumber is the remake of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, but with a couple of twists. The heroic "knight" that saves her from her deep sleep and restores her crumbling kingdom-instead of the dashing Prince Charming- is none other than her best friend Rogan.

The book starts off in a way I didn't expect. Instead of
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Slumber was my first Samantha Young book. I finished reading and I asked myself why I waited so long to read something from this author. Needless to say, Samantha Young is awesome, her writing is crazy good and Slumber was an amazing read!

In Slumber, Samantha Young creates the mythological kingdom of Phaedra. She has created unique mythology, an interesting fantasy realm, and a heroine and hero with unique powers and strong characters. Ms. Young has created an entirely unique st
Hillary Hunt
I thought this book was similar in style to "Graceling" and "Poison Study"; a romantic fantasy which is pretty much my favorite genre. Definitely the best of Samantha Young's work, of which I've read a fair amount.

Things to love: It has a strong female heroine.
The story starts out with an immediate emotional hook that will draw you in.
The male love interest has a believably conflicted relationship with the heroine.
Much of the conflict in the story arises from the protagonist herself as she st
So...much...wonderfulness (is that a word?) I love books like this....imagination...adventure...friendship...but mostly looooove.

Girl hates boy because boy's father killed her family. Boy secretly loves girl but acts like he hates her.

I loved Wolfe! Brooding and strong and protective.

I loved Rogan! Strong and independent and selfless.

I love that there wasn't any angst in this book (because story isn't set in high school :)).

I love Samantha Young! I could read anything she writes!
Slumber is road trip fantasy fiction set in a parallel world, which some magicians' clans had especially created for their kind in order to evade human persecution in ours.

A few centuries after the world's construction magical talents have become rare among the newborn, but everybody believes that magic is necessary to keep the small world from tumbling into chaos. After the ruler dies, his young daughter Haydyn is the last known person able to excercise nationwide mindcontrol: Her job is to ke
My casting:

Woah, Samantha Young never seem to disappoint us! Man, here she goes and bring us yet another fantastic book!! Though, my favorite will always be 'Moon Spell', nothing can compete with that one.. But I still love 'Slumber', and I'm really hoping for a book two with my baby Wolfe! :D
I have to admit that I was instantly intrigued by this story because it is based on sleeping beauty, but with a twist, and I absolutely love how Samantha Young wrote it. This story doesn't revolve around "sleeping beauty" Hayden, but rather her best friend Rogan. Because, Hayden cannot be woken up with a simple kiss from her one true love but by an almost nonexistent herb that only Rogan can find.

I have to say that I completely love the heroine in this story, Lady Rogan. She was so self assured
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Might there come a time
When we stand over a grave
And mourn ourselves?
Mourn the past, a previous life?
Shall we weep for the passing of time?
Shall we grieve for unfulfilled dreams?
In my naivety; in my belief
In immortal youth,
I sleep walk through life.
Someone… wake me up.
Wake me up.
Slumber – Haydyn Dyzvati

Very well my dear. Let’s hope the rest of the book follows this fabulous start.

:pause for effect:

Of course it didn’t follow the accursed start. I couldn’t be this lucky, could
Auntie J
THIS is the way to write romantic fantasy.

This story is better than the synopsis sounds. The writing is very good.

Currently $1.14 for Kindle version and $1.99 for the Audible version. WELL worth it.

First off I'll admit Romances typically are not my thing. Now, I don't mind some romance in my stories, if done well, and not too angsty, have a love triangle and or insta-love, but too often I've found in books labeled "Romance" everything but the "romance" seems thrown in as window dressing.

Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥
This book wasnt what I was expecting at all. I didnt realize it was a high fantasy. It is about a Princess' handmaiden that goes on a journey to find a plant to save the Princess from a disease, and falls in the love with the Captain of the Royal Guards that escort her in the process. Its called slumber because the Princess has a sleeping disease, and because Rogan wakes up on the journey, to realize who she really is.

This was a great adventure and an interesting story. And Wolfe was totally swo
Rogan took her responsibilities as best friend and protector of Princezna Haydyn Dyzvati very seriously. So when Haydyn succumbed to the sleeping disease that could only be cured by the somna plant, Rogan was ready to do whatever it took to save her.

Even if that meant journeying to the farthest reaches of Phaedra into hostile territory. And even if that meant traveling with the Captain of the Guard, Vikomt Wolfe Stovia, her longtime adversary and son of the man who murdered her entire family.

Originally at ...

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Good Points: Holey-moley how have I not found this author before. I came across Slumber when browsing on Amazon and thought I'd give it a chance and I'm so glad I did. This book is amazing, it sort of reminded me of a Maria V.Snyder novel which is always good and I just loved the characters and the world Young has created. Rogan's character is outspoken and strong yet she cares deeply for her friends and will do anything
Neyra ♦

I've been waiting to read this story for over a year now. I love this cover, and I know it's been redesigned and I like that one too, I just think this is a better representation of the story. Anyways, as much as I would of liked to give this book a higher rating, my expectations and what I got were completely different. This truly is a good story, and had the author approached it with a stronger female lead, I might have enjoyed it far more than I did.

"Might there come a time when we stand ov
Okay, I normally don't throw around 5 star reviews, but this one got 4.5 (rounded up) due to the fact that I absolutely could not put this book down until I finished.

Rogan is best friend to the princezna. She is torn from her family in a horrible way (in the prologue) at age 11. The first chapter picks up 8 years later, when Rogan is 19 and the princezna, Haydyn, is 17. Haydyn falls under a sleeping sickness and Rogan is the only one who can retrieve the plant to heal her.

Enter Wolfe. Oh my drea
Laura YA indie princess
If I had to pick one for "Slumber" it would be AMAZING . A great start to this brand new YA series.

Slumber is a mix up of sleeping beauty,magic,high fanasty,danger and romance all rolled in to one perfect novel.

Sam Young's characters just jump off the page and stay with you she has a way with words and story worlds that you just want to be a part of.

Wolfe is a serously HOT book boy and I really don't know how Rogan really keep from falling for him sooner all I can say is he makes me swoon and
In short, this book was an awesome read, a real gem by an author that has become a recent favorite of mine. A little warning, though, it is one of her earlier works. So, please, do NOT be surprised if it is not as well developed as her blockbuster “On Dublin Street.” In fact, the book doesn’t even feel like it came from the same person.

Just keep in mind….apples and oranges.

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What I like about this book? It’s got everything.
A princess in distress.
An epic journey.
Kidnappings. Escapes. Self-discov
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Morgan: Read, Eat, Dream

I was a little nervous going into this novel, but there was no reason at all to be nervous. My fears were completely based on a blonde moment. See, when I read the synopsis for Slumber (The Fade #1) this is what I read: The heroine is going to spend the majority of the novel in a slumber while her male best friend and her male arch-nemesis look for a cure for her. I must admit that I was really bummed. I mean, if the girl is sleepi
Oh wow. Well. Another stormer for Samantha Young. Slumber is so different from Young’s the Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy but just as fantastic. Set in the world of Phaedra, Slumber is a twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale… except the heroine is sleeping Beauty’s best friend! Rogan is the heroine, and she sets off across the provinces of Phaedra to retrieve the cure that will wake Haydyn (the princess/sleeping beauty) from the sleeping disease that is slowly killing her. This has all kinds of ram ...more
I wanted to like this a lot more than I ultimately did. The storyline was interesting, as was the world. However, I absolutely couldn't get behind Rogan as a heroine. She wasn't completely off-putting, but she seemed incredibly dense when it came to Wolfe. I felt like a lot of the bad things happened to her just so we would feel sorry for her, or just so Wolfe could rescue her. On one hand, I was glad that she wasn't superhuman Mary Sue, but on the other hand, I just sighed by the second or thir ...more
Shawna LeAnn
So first off, I have never been a big fan of sleeping beauty really. But the twist Samanth Young puts on it, I wanted to devour it in one setting. Because, the story is set around sleeping beauties best friend, and her quest to save the beauties life. But of course, her journey is one full of self discovery and the quest to finally let go of her past.

Can I just tell you all now that I loved the heroine, Lady Rogan. She was not only feisty but extreamly loyal. Since her family had been killed in
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Rogan’s childhood is cut short when a man called Stovia kills her family and takes her and others who have magical talents to secure Princezna Haydyn power after her father’s death. Now having growing up together Haydyn and Rogan have become as close sisters but when Haydyn starts dying, only Rogan’s powers can find the flower that will save her. However, the man who is meant to look after her is Wolfe, the son of t
After reading, Smokeless Fire, I found myself completely in love with Samantha's creativeness and beautiful writing. So when when Rachel over at Fiktshun gifted me Slumber, I knew I was in trouble. Firstly, the cover is STUNNING. I started Slumber in the evening and did not go to bed until I finished. It's so imaginative, alluring, exciting, and all-around my perfect type of book.

After being ripped away from her family, Rogan has become the Handmaiden and best friend of the Princezna Haydyn. Whe
i really, honestly ADORED this book. not many books knock me off my feet...but i think this one did the trick.
its enjoyable, a good adventure filled with friendship, learning and love.
cliche perhaps to say that...but it really does make for a great plot line.
The main character, Rogan, is tenacious and hellbent on helping her dying best-friend/princess. She may have poor judgement at times but she learns and grows and she has a killer sarcastic side ;)
My one, main criticism is that the author pr
Jess - A is for Alpha B is for Books

It took a little bit for me to get my head around the wording of the unique mythology. However once I grasped onto it I could not put this down!!!

Amazing can't wait for the next one!!!!
Definitely my favorite of all of Samantha's books. I loved everything about this book!!
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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance 2012 for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in tw ...more
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“When we’re there I’ll create a distraction. You have to keep your wits about you, Lady Rogan. Watch me all the time. When I make my move, you make it with me and we run.”

I blinked owlishly, hoping I’d heard wrong. “That’s your big plan? A distraction?”

He smiled cheekily at me. “Yes. It’s good, right?”
“You’re going to get us killed.”
“Well, since you got us kidnapped in the first place, I think it’s only fair.”
“I always get what I want, Rogan. Always.”
“And what about what I want?”
Wolfe pressed a soft, tender kiss to my lips, the arrogance giving way to deep sincerity. “I’ll always give you what you want, Rogan. Always.”
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