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Thornspell by Helen Lowe
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Nov 28, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: ft-sleeping-beauty

A re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, telling the prince’s side of the story. And wow is it boring! There’s a lot of traveling from point a to point b to point c and back again, and in between the moving from place to place like checker pieces, there’s a lot of standing around and talking, usually of someone telling the prince such-and-such happened 100 years ago or this-and-that happened 1,000 years ago, and that’s why you have to fight the evil witch. The actually fighting is a long time coming and somewhat boring after the cavalry arrives and half the “human” characters show up, take off their magic masks and are all ‘Oh yeah, I’m a dragon, forgot to tell you.’ Everyone’s back story is much more interesting than the main story, and I would have like to have seen the back stories made forefront – the prince could have easily taken a back seat when there were so many more interesting characters around! I rushed through the story just to see if my guess about the “princess” “twist” was right (it was).

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