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Beauty's Kingdom

(Sleeping Beauty #4)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  2,833 ratings  ·  352 reviews
Before E. L. James and Sylvia Day, there was Anne Rice: Discover Beauty’s Kingdom, the fourth novel in the bestselling Sleeping Beauty series 

Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, returns to the mysterious kingdom of Queen Eleanor in this new chapter of her Sleeping Beauty series. When the great queen is reported dead, Beauty and Laurent return to
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Viking
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Mar 11, 2015 added it

I am putting Beauty's Kingdom aside with an extreme heavy heart. I even asked my friends to check for signs of the end of the world, Hell freezing over or pigs flying. This can't be happening...I can't be DNFing an Anne Rice book. Right?

Sadly, I am.

I have such fond memories of reading the original trilogy, I read them in my early twenties, shortly after getting married and having a baby. They were such a great escape and they opened my eyes to a new genre. I will always love and appreciate t
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full review: 4.5 stars by

Anne Rice’s original Sleeping Beauty trilogy was, to put it politely, not for the faint of heart. The titular Beauty, awakened from her hundred-year slumber, is not greeted with insta-love and a Happy Ever After. Instead, she is tossed naked upon a horse, taken by her Prince Charming to a far away kingdom, given as tribute to an intimidating Queen, to be thoroughly educated in the art of pleasure slavery. What follows fills three--now four, in total--novel
I was a little hesitant to agree to review Beauty's Kingdom by Anne Rice. I've never read anything by her, but I know she has a huge following, so I needed to give it a try. I got about 40% in and had to stop. I couldn't get past the formal language and the whole premise of the naked pleasure slaves. I was aware this would be erotic, but I didn't know there was no romance, which was a little disappointing to me. I know this is a part of a series, but I was told it could read as a standalone, but ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1 star (DNF)

I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm giving this book only one star and am DNFing it. I just can't.

Anne Rice is one of my all time favourite authors, I have read 17 of her books and never given any of them less than 4 stars; but I had never read any of her erotica before now.

I won Beauty's Kingdom through a Goodreads giveaway and was very excited to receive the ARC. I knew going in that it would be different from her other work, but I hoped that my love of her writing sty
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
How did I miss this one? I just noticed this book and picked it up. I enjoyed it thoroughly from start finish. This book is more sensual than non-con sexual slavery. If the original trilogy was all "Doms Gone Wild" or "Balls Out Reckless Kink", this one is all about RACK. This gentler, kinder, more understanding of consent is a lovely nod to the BDSM lifestyle. Returning to this world where Laurent and Beauty are older, wiser and retired, it's interesting to see what they do with the challenge p ...more
Sheyla ✎
Apr 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Gosh I wished I would have liked this book. I mean is Anne Rice, right? But unfortunately, I can’t say that I did. At the beginning, I was like “Wait, who’s having sex with who?” After a few chapters the bisexually of every character became the norm. The plot is basically about Beauty coming back to the Kingdom after the Queen dies. The Queen has written instructions in case of her demise. She wanted Beauty and Laurent to take over the Kingdom. Beauty chooses to stay but she wants all the sex sl ...more
Jessie Potts
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
3/5 stars

When The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty came out in 1999, readers were drawn to this darkly erotic and vivid world of submission and slavery. I read the trilogy myself when I was young and … probably not supposed to read that mature of a book series, but it interested me. Years later, when I re-read the series as an adult, I understood the draw to Beauty's world, but at the same time was a bit troubled about how old Beauty was and how everything was extremely non-consensual. When I heard t
Lorinda Hayes
Mar 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was given an ARC for review. Frankly, I really couldn't deal with the stilted language of the lives of "naked pleasure slaves" who become the property of Sleeping Beauty and her husband. Volume 4 of a series that was written in 1983-84, this book was not for me. I was told there would be no romance, which is fine, but I really just didn't like the story. BTW, I was given the ARC by a newspaper book editor, not the publisher, and asked to be assigned something else as this was not a book I want ...more
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
So apparently Rice wrote a fourth book in that lovely trilogy of hers. My first thoughts:

Am I going to read this?


Simple enough.
Sotiris Karaiskos
30 years after completing the trilogy of the sleeping beauty the writer returns with a fourth book. Of course within 30 years, many have changed, with bdsm literature escaping underground and becoming mainstream. Obviously, this return is related to the growing popularity of the genre and this is shown in the pages of this book. The author continues the story of the first trilogy in the same style, but it is obvious that she is trying to adapt to the present day. This results, on the one hand, i ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Very disappointed. I loved the Beauty trilogy and was so excited for Beauty's Kingdom that I pre-ordered it without even batting an eye. In my opinion this book is bland and lacking compared to the engrossing world of the first three. Sadly, I'm struggling to finish it.
Megan Hogue
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I am a fan of Anne Rice, but have never read any of the Beauty books before. Then I got an ARC of this one and thought, "Well, why not?"

My previous experience with the BDSM erotic genre had consisted entirely of the first half of 50 Shades of Grey, so I'm sure you can understand why I was reluctant to read more, but had I only started with this, my impressions of the genre would not have been so tarnished.

This is very much the Anne Rice I have always loved, rich description and dia
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Yea! Won this book on Goodreads! Thank you so very much! Can hardly wait to receive it! Looking forward to reading. Will update and post an honest review when I receive and am able to read it.

Update - I didn't really like the concept of sex slaves and I don't like books where the main characters openly sleep with others. All in all I can say it was an okay read. I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea..
Yvonne Cervera
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5. I enjoyed the first 3 much more than this one. It almost felt like a completely different person wrote this book. Way too much description, it didn't even seem like an erotica novel. It was super tame in comparison to the first three. I almost stopped reading it a few times when the story moved super slowly but I kept going on in the hopes that it would get more interesting. I have read a good portion of Anne Rice books, and this is sadly not one of my favorites.
Teresa Mary Rose
Apr 12, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: adult, for-review

This book just isn't the right fit for me and as such I'll be putting this one aside.
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2015
It has been many years since King Laurent and his Queen Beauty left Bellavalten to live happily ever after in a kingdom of their own. Even now living in seclusion after handing his rule over to his son, he is still a thing of legend.

Unexpectedly, he is visited by a procession that includes Lady Eva, Alexei and Tristan who have come to implore him and his Queen to rule over Bellavalten after tragedy strikes. As much as the prospect intrigues them, they know that they have to make some changes to
Apr 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well now, this is just interesting. I'm a bit excited and at the same time, hesitant. I love Anne's early works but have not been nearly as pleased with some of her recent stories. I'm partly thinking this could be a good book but a ploy as well seeing as the Fifty shades books are a thing right now; those same people could be drawn to these books as well and they could start selling again.
Jarrod Scarbrough
First off, if you're among the "50 shades" fandom, you need to read this series to see how erotica SHOULD be written.
Amazing! I have loved this series from the first paragraph of Book 1. Rice has not disappointed when it comes to Beauty's world! I was so excited to hear that she was continuing the story with Beauty's Kingdom, and boy, what a tale it was! We picked up years after the last book, and the adventures of Beauty and her Kingdom will NOT let you down!
Felicity Brandon
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully crafted story of sensual submission.
Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of Anne Rice, and I absolutely adored the original ‘Sleeping Beauty’ trilogy, so I leapt at the opportunity to read and review ‘Beauty’s Kingdom’. If you’ve read Anne Rice then I need not expound the virtues of her sumptuous writing style; the beautiful imagery that her words craft and the erotic splendour of Bellavalten, because this you will know already…
What I can tell you is how this fourth instalment sees Be
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beauty's Kingdom by A.N. Roquelaure
Rating: 5 stars

I read the Sleeping Beauty trilogy a couple of years back and it sparked my interest into a different kind of writing. Now it has become a quartet.

I went into the story expecting more from Queen Beauty and King Laurent. It was not so much their story this time round; Beauty's Kingdom was truly about its people. The subjects. How each Master, Mistresses, slave or not, are.

The land of Bellavalten is dying. At the end of the book, they have prospere
The Beauty trilogy's been a permanent fixture in my nightstand for years. I found this book... disappointing. Boring. Basically a tour of Kinky Williamsburg. Completely lacking in the taboo thrill of the original books. Also mostly lacking in sex, inexplicably.
The Romance Evangelist
I was a huge fan of the original trilogy. I wish this had been even half as good.

Full review available at The Romance Evangelist
Kate Evangelista
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Checking in on where everybody is at after the trilogy.
Amanda Kratz
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wow wow wow.

I feel like I need a bath, and maybe my eyes plucked out.

So this was a birthday present from a dear friend. (The same “dear” friend that got me the first three and delighted in hearing my weekly reports at girls night)

So I assume you know all about the first 3 books because if you don’t major spoilers as this simply takes everything from the first 3 books retells the exact same punishments with new tiny details and then adds some super crazy at the end.

Part 1

So in book 3 we left off
Mander Pander
Ok, for one, I did not even know this had been published until 2017. You really shit the bed on this, Penguin Publishing. / end of that rant

Just clearing the field, I see there's a lot of "did not finish" and "holy shit I can't believe the weird sex vibe" reviews on this book-- if you have picked this up because you loved "Interview With the Vampire," you are probably in for ride you didn't buy the tickets for.

I loved it. I loved the Sleeping Beauty trilogy back in the day, and I love that this
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it


This book is so stupid.

That’s right. I said it. In fact, Anne Rice risks angering me as much as Charlaine Harris did, except that I wasn’t as into the previous Beauty books as I was into the first ten Sookie Stackhouse books. In addition, there are only three predecessors, whereas I had invested the time to read ten of the Sookie books by the time the series took a nosediv
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was provided this ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Until this year, I’d never read A.N. Roquelaure’s infamous Sleeping Beauty series. Sure, I’d heard via word of mouth that Anne Rice wrote an incredibly erotic fairy tale series under a pseudonym, however, I’d never taken the time to investigate. As an Anne Rice fan, I know how sensual her writing can be and when the opportunity to review Beauty’s Kingdom presented itself, I eagerly volunteered. And so, I embarked on a jour
Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
To see a full review check it out here

Just a whole lot of no. This book is awful.
Kelli Catana
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was sent Beauty's Kingdom by A.N. Roquelaure (pen name of Anne Rice - the 4th novel in the Sleeping Beauty series and told that while this was a continuation of the Sleeping Beauty series that it could also act as a standalone novel. Good news for me as I have had the Sleeping Beauty series recommended to me many times but I have yet to read it. I think I might have enjoyed Beauty's Kingdom a bit more had I read the previous novels.

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